How F1 stars are keeping busy in Austrian lockdown with Hamilton making music, Leclerc on piano and mountain hikes

FORMULA ONE stars including Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc have turned to music to pass the time while trapped in Austria.

With the first race of the 2020 season FINALLY in the books, drivers will now be forced to stay in Austria until the next Grand Prix.

In an action-packed weekend at Spielberg, Valtteri Bottas won the race, with team-mate Hamilton finishing second, but slipping out of the podium places after being hit with a penalty for causing a collision.

British star Lando Norris, stole his first podium of his career thanks to a sensational final lap – the quickest of any driver in Austria.

With the next race not until Hungary on July 19, F1's stars are turning to their hobbies to stay sane while under yet another lockdown.

But it's not all bad news for Hamilton, who is finally able to pursue a childhood dream of making music.

Posting on his Instagram story, the British star, 35, shared an image of himself surrounding by his tech.

He captioned the snap: "Learning to record myself, something I've always wanted to do."

Hamilton continued by urging parents to allow their kids to follow their dreams – after being ordered to take history over music himself as a youngster.

The six-time world champion added: "I wanted to do music at school but my dad wanted me to do history.

"Parents out there, let your kids choose and follow their passions.

"That will allow their creativeness to flow and them to shine."

And Hamilton wasn't the only racer to get musical, either – with Ferrari star Leclerc – who finished second in Austria – sharing a series of clips of himself playing the piano.

The Monegasque racer, 22, thrilled fans by tinkling the ivories – showing off his hidden talent to his 3.2 million Instagram followers.

While some were happy to stay indoors, Australian star Daniel Ricciardo opted to take advantage of his stunning surroundings..

The Renault racer, 31, took the mountains to go for a sun-kissed hike to clear his head after a frenetic opening weekend of the 2020 season.

Sharing two pics of the flowing Austrian countryside, Ricciardo wrote: "Got outdoors today.

"Good training and headspace. 6 more days…"

Race-winner in Austria, Bottas, clearly couldn't hide his excitement at the prospect of the next race.

The flying Finn, 25, shared a snap of his Mercedes racing around Spielberg, captioned, "Who’s excited to have another race weekend coming up?", accompanied by a series of emojis.

Meanwhile, Norris – fresh from his scintillating third-place finish – shared a series of behind the scenes snaps of his McLaren team partying with champagne to his Insta story.

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