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Photo: Lewis Hamilton & BBC F1′s Lee Mckenzie

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Lewis Hamilton & BBC F1's Lee Mckenzie

Driver’s Parade and BBC F1′s Lee Mckenzie interviews Lewis Hamilton. It will be interesting to see the BBC coverage next year with Suzi Perry taking the role from Jake Humphery.
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Quiz: Name That Driver

Saturday 29th December 2012 Despite tifosi suggestions, Seb’s middle name doesn’t begin with a ‘W’ Lewis Hamilton has two middle names – and believe it or not, one of them is Davidson, as in Ant (now Sky commentator) Davidson. Armed with this bit of priceless knowledge we thought we’d have a look through all the F1 drivers’ full names and see how much our well-informed PF1 readership knew… 1.Whose middle name is Carl?a) Nico Rosbergb) Jean-Eric Vergnec) Sebastian Vetteld) Lewis Hamilton 2.Which former F1 driver-turned-media-star has ‘Marshall’ as his middle name – (a great motorsport middle name.)a) Martin Brundleb) David Coulthardc) Johnny Herbertd) Damon Hill 3.Whose middle name is Erik?a) Mark Webberb) Michael Schumacherc) Nico Rosbergd) Heikki Kovalainen 4. Whose full name should have Diaz at the end (i.e. his mother’s name)a) Fernando Alonsob) Felipe Massac) Pastor Maldonadod) Sergio Perez 5. Whose middle name is Alan?a) Kamui Kobayashib) Jenson Buttonc) Mark Webberd) Daniel Ricciardo 6. Kamui Kobayashi was named after ‘Kamuy’ in Ainu mythology. But what does it mean?a) A divine beingb) A promise of good fortunec) A strong windd) A tendency to crash into other mythological creatures 7. Who has ‘Lyons’ as one of his middle names?a) Romaim Grosjeanb) Jean-Eric Vergnec) Paul DiRestad) Jenson Button 8. “Nico” Hulkenberg wasn’t christened with this name. What is it really?a) Nicolasb) Nicklausc) Nickeld) Heinz-Harald 9. Kimi’s middlename is often given as Kimi “The Iceman” Raikkonen and occasionally Kimi “The Ice Cream Man” Raikkonen. But what is it really? a) Kimi has no middle nameb) Kekec) Bobd) Matias 10. Vitaly Petrov has a very Russian middle name. What is it?a) Vladimirb) Sergeic) Aleksandrovich 11. Pastor Maldonado doesn’t strike you as the arty type, but his middle name makes him sound very creative. Which is it?a) Michaelangelob) Vincentc) Rafaeld) Leonardo 12. Heikki Kovalainen may not be in F1 much longer but his middle name is not “fingers crossed”. What is it?a) Johannesb) Mikac) Henningd) Sven Answers1. d) Lewis Hamilton2. b) David Coulthard3. c) Nico Rosberg4. a) Fernando Alonso5. c) Mark Webber6. a) A divine being 7. d) Jenson Button8. a) Nicolas9. d) Matias10. c) Aleksandrovich11. ) Rafael12. a) Johannes This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Nurburgring to host 2013 German race – spokesman

Dec.27 (GMM) The Nurburgring will host this year’s German grand prix as scheduled, a major local newspaper has declared. The fate of the 2013 race had been in doubt because of the Nurburgring’s well-documented financial problems. 2o11 race winner Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes celebrates Photo by: xpb.cc But the Bild-Zeitung daily said the German grand prix, as well as GP2 and GP3 support races, will be held at the track in early July, as per the published FIA calendar. “Formula one will be held at the Nurburgring on July 7, 2013,” Nurburgring Automotive GmbH spokesman Karl-Heinz Steinkuhler confirmed. Sport Bild quotes him adding: “The major sponsors are making their bookings now.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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GRAND PRIX DRIVER OF THE YEAR 2012

We have recently experienced a golden era of Motor Sport with the 2012 season consisting of 6 World Champions on the grid and battles of all sorts up and down the grid. This has been one of the most competitive seasons in memory.Fernando Alonso has come out on top in a survey to find who was the best performing driver of the 2012 Formula One season.The Spaniard picked up almost 25% more points from judges than the World Champion Sebastian Vettel who came in 2nd. It is likely that perceptions of the German’s performance were hampered by the perceived superiority of his Red Bull car.Lewis Hamilton was a distant third, finishing just ahead of the impressive Kimi Raikkonen who made a stunning return after two years out of the sport.However, the two other World Champions on the grid had a less successful year; with Jenson Button finishing in 6th place behind his 2013 team-mate Sergio Perez. This probably owes largely to poor form in the middle part of the season, the low point of which was the Canadian Grand Prix where he was lapped by Hamilton.Michael Schumacher meanwhile could manage no better than 13th on the list; 4 places behind Nico Rosberg despite his impressive pole lap in Monaco and achieving the first podium finish of his return in Valencia. It certainly isn’t the send-off that the legendary German would have been hoping for.MoneySupermarket, who ran the survey encompassing the opinions of leading Motorsport related websites, has created the following infographic based on the results:You may download the above infographic by clicking on it or by visiting here.

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Luca Di Montezemolo: Ferrari would pick Sebastian Vettel over Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton must hope his move to Mercedes pays off, for the news coming out of Ferrari contains little cheer for him. If Fernando Alonso quit for Hawaii tomorrow never to return, the SOS would go out first to Sebastian Vettel. At least Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo included Hamilton in his shortlist of two, the only drivers capable of replacing the great Alonso, whom the boss  described as an identikit of past Ferrari greats Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher.“Between all the drivers Vettel and Hamilton could be perfect for the Ferrari of the future with one difference – Vettel is younger. First of all, I think of all the drivers at the moment we have the best in Formula One, in terms of speed, in terms of intelligence in the race and capability to work with the team. When you have the best driver you have to put him in the best condition to succeed, to win and have a good environment without peer troubles.“But if Alonso decided tomorrow to go to live in Hawaii with the girlfriend I have no doubt that for human and professional reasons [I would choose] Vettel. He would be very good for us. Vettel I like because he is not presumptuous. He wants to win but he is not arrogant. Michael told me many years ago that coming from karts Vettel had the most potential of any young driver and he was right.”The allusion to peer troubles tells us that there is no chance of Vettel arriving while Alonso remains. The double world champion of 2005-06 met with Di Montezemolo last Saturday before heading out for a Christmas break. The mood was good and the love-in remains strong, as the comparison with Lauda and Schumacher demonstrated.“Niki was very intelligent in the race and the first driver to be closer to the team, details, working even in the night. Michael was for me a war machine in the race because he was in condition to do 60 laps like qualifying.“Fernando is a good mix between the two. He is very intelligent. He knows when to push, how to save the tyres, when to attack, super intelligent and super quick, too. It is difficult to make comparisons [across different eras] but he is right at the top. I’m very happy with Fernando. He is a key member of the team.” This entry passed through…

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Luca Di Montezemolo: Sebastian Vettel’s value eclipses Lewis Hamilton’s

Lewis Hamilton must hope his move to Mercedes pays off, for the news coming out of Ferrari contains little cheer for him. If Fernando Alonso quit for Hawaii tomorrow never to return, the SOS would go out first to Sebastian Vettel. At least Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo included Hamilton in his shortlist of two, the only drivers capable of replacing the great Alonso, whom the boss  described as an identikit of past Ferrari greats Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher. “Between all the drivers Vettel and Hamilton could be perfect for the Ferrari of the future with one difference – Vettel is younger. First of all, I think of all the drivers at the moment we have the best in Formula One, in terms of speed, in terms of intelligence in the race and capability to work with the team. When you have the best driver you have to put him in the best condition to succeed, to win and have a good environment without peer troubles. “But if Alonso decided tomorrow to go to live in Hawaii with the girlfriend I have no doubt that for human and professional reasons [I would choose] Vettel. He would be very good for us. Vettel I like because he is not presumptuous. He wants to win but he is not arrogant. Michael told me many years ago that coming from karts Vettel had the most potential of any young driver and he was right.”The allusion to peer troubles tells us that there is no chance of Vettel arriving while Alonso remains. The double world champion of 2005-06 met with Di Montezemolo last Saturday before heading out for a Christmas break. The mood was good and the love-in remains strong, as the comparison with Lauda and Schumacher demonstrated. “Niki was very intelligent in the race and the first driver to be closer to the team, details, working even in the night. Michael was for me a war machine in the race because he was in condition to do 60 laps like qualifying. “Fernando is a good mix between the two. He is very intelligent. He knows when to push, how to save the tyres, when to attack, super intelligent and super quick, too. It is difficult to make comparisons [across different eras] but he is right at the top. I’m very happy with Fernando. He is a key member of the team.”…

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Luca di Montezemolo: I’d want Sebastian Vettel not Lewis Hamilton to replace Fernando Alonso at Ferrari

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 13:36 EST, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:40 EST, 20 December 2012 Lewis Hamilton is lagging behind Sebastian Vettel on Ferrari’s wishlist of a potential replacements for current team leader Fernando Alonso. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo revealed he is a greater admirer of Vettel’s talents than those of Hamilton when asked who he would like to take over when Alonso decides to call it a day. ‘If, tomorrow, Fernando would withdraw for any reason – let’s say he moves to Hawaii with his girlfriend – then I would want Vettel,’ said the Ferrari president to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. Moving on: Hamilton will race for Mercedes next season ‘He is young, he has his feet on the floor, and he has an indomitable will to win. Michael Schumacher made me aware of him years ago because he knew him from his karting years. I must say, Michael was right.’ Seemingly ruling our Hamilton’s chances of driving for Ferrari, di Montezemolo claimed his decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes counts against him. Asked why he preferred Vettel to Hamilton, di Montezemolo replied: ‘Because he (Vettel) is younger, and because Ferrari would be Hamilton’s third team. And if you’ve reached your third team, your career is already in its second half.’ Even hints by Vettel that Ferrari had used ‘dirty tricks’ to try and derail his pursuit of a third successive world title do not seem to have dented his chances of a move to Maranello. Hat-trick: Vettel claimed his third world title this season ‘In the heat of battle you can always say something emotional,’ said Di Montezemolo. Given the increasingly fierce rivalry between Vettel and Alonso there seems little prospect of the pair sharing a garage at Ferrari until the Spaniard decides to call it a day. And Di Montezemolo insisted he would be only too delighted if Alonso opts to see out the remaining three years of his contract with Ferrari. He added: ‘I’m incredibly happy with him. He is more than just a driver.’ Long-term contract: Alonso still has three years to run on his Ferrari deal With Hamilton having already admitted he is unlikely to be in the title frame next season as he strives to turn Mercedes into frontrunners, the drivers’ championship has all the hallmarks of being another titanic battle between Vettel and Alonso. However, Jenson Button…

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Mercedes under pressure to give Lewis Hamilton a winning car after Michael Schumacher failure

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 07:50 EST, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:50 EST, 19 December 2012 Mercedes have conceded they are under even more pressure to produce a winning car for Lewis Hamilton than they were during Michael Schumacher’s three-year stint with the team.Seven-time world champion Schumacher was persuaded out of retirement in 2010 with the promise he could add to his drivers’ championship tally if he signed for Mercedes.But by the time Schumacher decided to bow out of Formula One for a second time at the end of last season he had failed to win a single race, his best result being third at Valencia’s European Grand Prix.Having been incapable of providing Schumacher with a car capable of victory in the twilight of his career, Mercedes chief executive Nick Fry admitted the pressure to ensure history is not repeated with Hamilton, a driver at the peak of his powers, is enormous. See you later: Hamilton ended his long association with McLaren this season to move to Mercedes I’m joining you, pal: Hamilton will team up with old friend Rosberg Disappointing: Schuey’s Mercedes comeback didn’t go according to plan ‘We’ve had probably one of the greatest drivers of all time driving for us, who was clearly in age terms reaching the later part of his career when he arrived with us,’ said Fry in an interview with Autosport.’In order to do well in Formula 1, you’ve got to do well in every respect. You’ve got to have the best technology, you’ve got to have the best teamwork, you’ve got to have the best management and you have to have the best drivers. (Hamilton’s) arrival is very exciting for the team and also puts a lot of pressure on because Ross (Brawn) has to provide him with a very good car.’He can’t win with a car which is duff. He can win with a car that is not quite the best, but the competition is such that you can’t bridge a huge gap.’Many believe that cutting the gap to the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Hamilton’s former team McLaren will be nigh on impossible for Mercedes in the coming campaign. Indeed, their lack of success last week prompted a parting of the ways with long-time head of motorsport Norbert Haug.But Fry insisted Mercedes has sent out a strong message to the rest of the grid regarding their ambition to…

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Hamilton gets to work at Merc

PlanetF1 –  Lewis Hamilton has already started working with his Mercedes team after his new employers “cut a deal” with McLaren. The 2008 World Champion will swap Woking for Brackley next season following his decision to end his 14-year association with McLaren and sign a multi-year agreement with Merc. Under the terms, Hamilton is only supposed to start working on January 1, but The Sun reports the ‘F1 rivals reached an agreement which allowed Hamilton to meet his engineers at their Brackley HQ last week and rack up some vital miles on the race car simulator’. Outgoing Merc boss Norbert Haug is quoted as saying: “Lewis has already been in the factory to see the team and fulfil some duties after we found an agreement about that with McLaren.” This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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Hamilton free to begin Mercedes career

Lewis Hamilton has made his first official visit to the Mercedes factory in Brackley as he begins work on his 2013 season.Lewis Hamilton will not be delayed in his bid to turn Mercedes into a regular contender for grand prix wins after McLaren agreed to release him ahead of schedule.The two teams came to an arrangement that, while not being able to get the Briton out on track with his new employer, at least allowed him to visit the Mercedes’ base in Brackley and meet the people behind his 2013 campaign.Hamilton has already acknowledged that it will not be the work of a moment to transform the Silver Arrows into regular race winners – the team fell away badly after claiming victory with Nico Rosberg in this year’s Chinese Grand Prix – and has more recently said that he expects it to be at least six months before his input has any effect on the team’s performance. However, getting acquainted with the Mercedes technical team and his new engineers – and logging his first miles in the Three Pointed Star’s simulator – will provide a useful headstart in the battle to get on terms with Red Bull, Ferrari and his former employer.“Lewis has already been in the factory to see the team and fulfil some duties after we found an agreement about that with McLaren,” soon-to-retire head of Mercedes motorsport Norbert Haug told Britain’s Sun newspaper.The 2008 world champion cannot begin track work until pre-season testing officially begins in February.This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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