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Lewis Hamilton set for Mercedes life without Norbert Haug as Mercedes chief quits

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 10:31 EST, 13 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:53 EST, 13 December 2012 Lewis Hamilton will be without the friendly face of close ally Norbert Haug to welcome him to Mercedes after it was announced the 60-year-old is to leave his role as head of motorsport for the German car giant. Haug has held the role for 22 years but will leave ‘by mutual consent’ at the end of the month. His departure comes two months after the appointment of three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda as non-executive director, his principle role being to liaise between the Mercedes’ board and their Brackley-based Formula One operation. Exit: Norbert Haug will leave Mercedes at the end of the month Lauda was instrumental in persuading Hamilton to turn his back on McLaren to accept the challenge of turning Mercedes into Formula One frontrunners. But Hamilton has a long-standing relationship with Haug and his departure is likely to make his transition from McLaren to Mercedes that little bit more taxing. Haug was part of the McLaren set-up when Hamilton entered Formula One in 2007 and when he went on to take the drivers’ title the following year. But despite Mercedes managing only one win since return to grand prix racing three years’ ago, Haug is adamant Hamilton can look forward to a bright future with his new team. He said: ‘Since 1991, we had tremendous achievements and wins, for which I want to thank all of my colleagues. Unfortunately, with one victory in 2012 since founding our own Formula 1 works team in 2010, we couldn’t fulfil our own expectations. However, we have taken the right steps to be successful in the future. Our team and our drivers will do everything to achieve these goals.’ 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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2013 and 2014 RULES PUBLISHED

The FIA has finalized the changes to the F1 regulations for the 2013 season and updated its planned rules for 2014. There are a few changes to the 2013 rules beyond those revealed after last week’s World Motor Sport Council meeting but the full regulations reveal some new details.2013 RulesAmong the changes to the technical regulations for next year is a rule governing what happens when cars run out of fuel on the track during any session, such as happened during qualifying to Lewis Hamilton in Spain and Sebastian Vettel in Abu Dhabi.Teams will no longer be allowed to claim a car was stopped for reasons of “force majeure”, instead the FIA will determine how much fuel should have been in the car when it stopped:After a practice session, if a car has not been driven back to the pits under its own power, it will be required to supply the above mentioned sample plus the amount of fuel that would have been consumed to drive back to the pits. The additional amount of fuel will be determined by the FIA.As the tyres Pirelli are supplying next year will be heavier the rules on minimum weight and weight distribution have been revised. The minimum weight has increased by 2kg to 642kg and a more drastic change is coming for 2014. An extra kilo has therefore been added to the minimum weights at each end of the car making these now 292kg at the front, 343kg at the rear. These will be adjusted to take final 2013 tyre weights into account.A tougher front wing deflection test has been defined as well. The amount a wing may deflect when a 1,000N load is applied to it has been reduced from 20mm to 10mm, the further curb the use of flexing wings.As of next year teams may add a panel to their car’s nose to remove the steps seen on many cars this year.Tougher standards for roll structures and crash tests have also been defined, the latter requiring the static load test to be applied to all of the teams’ survival cells.There are fewer changes in the Sporting Regulations and some are already known including the restriction of using DRS outside the designated zone at any time during a race weekend.For teams to arrange a test outside Europe they now require the agreement of the FIA and the total number of tests during…

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Lewis Hamilton says fond farewell to McLaren on last official outing

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 07:17 EST, 11 December 2012 | UPDATED: 04:05 EST, 12 December 2012 Lewis Hamilton left the door open to a possible return to McLaren after saying an emotional farewell to the F1 team.Tears were shed as the British driver hugged his colleagues and thanked them for their support during his last official official outing. End of the road: Lewis Hamilton on his last official outing with McLaren Sad ending: Tears were shed as Hamilton made emotional farewell Hamilton, who will join Mercedes in January, took part in a demonstration event in Malta at the weekend, his last drive in a McLaren car.And the 2008 World Champion did not rule out a return to the Woking-based outfit in the future.’My time at McLaren has been fantastic,’ he told staff at the McLaren Technology Centre. ‘When I arrived in Formula One in 2007, I now realise I never really grasped what I was taking on. Ron [Dennis] had told me: “Don’t be surprised if you’re 0.5sec slower than Fernando [Alonso]“, and I just smiled because I knew it wouldn’t be the case. But, even so, that year was very hard, for many reasons. Driving seat: Hamilton took part in a demonstration event in Malta Night out: Hamilton and girlfriend, X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, at the Jack Reacher premiere in Leicester Square on Monday ‘You were brilliant – you still are. I have so much affection and love for this team. And that’s why McLaren has always felt like home,’ he added.McLaren’s sporting director Sam Michael admitted Hamilton’s departure would be ‘a loss to McLaren’ but the team will ‘move on quickly’.Hamilton leaves to join Mercedes following six seasons with the team in Formula One and a further seven as part of the team’s driver development programme. ‘Of course it’s a loss to McLaren but just like if anybody leaves, whether it’s a driver – there have been some very big, famous names leave McLaren before in terms of drivers – and you don’t dwell on it,’ Michael told James Allen on F1. ‘You move on quickly because Formula One’s all about change management.” Michael also said that Hamilton leaves on good terms.’I think the whole team gets on very well with Lewis, and we still do. He’s a great guy, he’s a fantastic racing driver; he’s possibly the quickest driver on the grid at the moment…

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Photo: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

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Lewis Hamilton is leaving McLaren to ‘grow up’

By Malcolm Folley PUBLISHED: 17:45 EST, 8 December 2012 | UPDATED: 17:45 EST, 8 December 2012 Lewis Hamilton walked out of the McLaren headquarters on Friday after delivering a heartfelt and candid farewell speech to the workforce who supported his journey to Formula One stardom. Hamilton’s relationship may have soured with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis, the man who bankrolled him for 14 years from his childhood days as a karting prodigy, but he relished the opportunity to explain personally why he has chosen to drive for Mercedes from next year. ‘It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,’ admitted Hamilton, granted a dignified departure by McLaren, a rare privilege in a sport renowned for being heartless when drivers switch allegiance. Heavy heart: Lewis Hamilton said he is leaving McLaren to grow up Yet it was the right moment, insisted Hamilton, for him to explore life beyond the boundaries of McLaren. ‘It is to do with the process of growing up, of leaving home,’ he said. ‘That’s why I am taking the next step, to grow as a driver and as a human being.’ Yet Hamilton, who was leading his last race for McLaren in Brazil a fortnight ago when he was driven off the circuit by Nico Hulkenberg, acknowledged the inherent risk he has accepted by signing for Mercedes, a team with one win in three seasons. ‘The team I’m joining isn’t yet performing well,’ he said. ‘But I hope I’ll be able to help them get where they want to be.’ See you next year… Hamilton will drive for Mercedes Hamilton has been lured from McLaren to Mercedes by more than the simple economics of a threeyear contract worth £60million. He is attracted by the challenge of attempting to become the catalyst for the Mercedes team’s development – and future success – under Englishman Ross Brawn, who worked a similar alchemy with Michael Schumacher during their time together, first with Benetton, then with Ferrari. Hamilton is banking on Brawn – and Mercedes – making capital gains when new 1.4 turbo engines are introduced to Formula One for the 2014 season. Importantly, Hamilton also wants to be freed of the influence of Dennis, which in recent years has become claustrophobic. Dennis similarly fell out with Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, although all of them would testify to the brilliance of his leadership and vision for McLaren. So…

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Warwick: Lewis may regret his move

PlanetF1 –  Derek Warrick fears Lewis Hamilton may regret his move to Mercedes unless Ross Brawn can produce a massive turnaround. Hamilton is off to Mercedes next season having signed a three-year deal with the Brackley-based squad. However, in the wake of the announcement Mercedes’ results slumped with the team managing just one top ten result in the final six grands prix. In sharp contrast, Red Bull won their third successive Championship double, Ferrari fought all the way to the end and McLaren concluded the season with a victory. As a result, Warwick, a former F1 driver who at times takes the role of driver steward at grand prix weekends, is worried that the “fastest driver in Formula One” may be left fighting for scraps. “You are never going to see McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari out of the top three and I’d say McLaren and Red Bull are favourites to fight it out again. It just depends on which way round they finish at the top,” Warwick told the Daily Star. “And the great thing Red Bull have is a certain gentleman called Adrian Newey, who is without doubt the best designer and race car engineer there is in Formula One. “Every team he has gone to, from Williams to McLaren and now to Red Bull, has won World Championships. “We have a stability in the rules for next year so you would suspect we will pick up at the start of 2013 where we left off this year. “I am sure Lewis Hamilton will hope that is not the case. “Mercedes are working on a new car but their performance this year was not just disappointing, it was very, very poor. “Mercedes have undoubtedly the fastest driver in Formula One and we all want Lewis to be in a winning car next year and challenging. “I desperately hope Mercedes will be competitive but either Lewis knows something we don’t or he’s lying in bed at night thinking, ‘What have I done!’” 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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Lewis Hamilton leaves ITE students star struck

By Daniel Teo | Fit To Post Sports –  Lewis Hamilton was in town to promote the Peter Lim Scholarship. (Daniel Teo/Yahoo! photo) Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to Singapore, having raced at the Marina Bay Circuit every year. But the 2008 world champion still left students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) star-struck and inspired when he visited the ITE College West on Tuesday. The 27-year-old was in town to promote the Peter Lim Scholarship which was awarded to a total of 33 students from three ITE colleges this year. The scholarship was set up in 2010 to help nurture sporting talents in Singapore, with each recipient receiving S$3000. The Scholarship is awarded to deserving students on a high-performance pathway, but who have inadequate funding support. Foo Mei Geok, one of the recipients of the award, confessed to being a Hamilton fan and explained how the award has helped her sporting aspirations. The 19-year-old basketball player said, “I am not a big F1 fan but I am really inspired by Hamilton’s never-say-die spirit. The sponsorship has helped me pay for my competitions which generally requires registration fees.” Matthew Yeo, a year one Mechatronics student who enjoys go-karting, looks up to Hamilton as his inspiration and hopes to one day be a champion like him — be it on the race track or his future aspirations. He said, “I hope one day I can be a champion like Hamilton. Although he hasn’t been able to win the F1 championship these few years, I believe he will one day win it again.” Hamilton took questions from the students during a meet-and-greet session and gave them some valuable advice to take home. The Brit said, “I’ve met many people who have tried to put me down. I didn’t go to a very good school. Even my headmaster told me that I can’t make it.The best way to deal with it is to stay quiet and let your results do the talking.” “But the one thing that my dad always tell me is to ‘never give up’. There has been so many experiences in my racing career where I think I couldn’t make it but I wake up the next day and start believing in myself again. “Even now when I have a bad weekend I feel like I can do it all over again. I didn’t win the championship…

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Jenson Button beats Lewis Hamilton to British Driver of the Year award

By Phil Duncan PUBLISHED: 07:10 EST, 3 December 2012 | UPDATED: 05:48 EST, 4 December 2012 Jenson Button was last night named British Driver of the Year beating outgoing McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the prestigious Autosport award.Hamilton, who joins Mercedes in a controversial three-year deal next season, ended his McLaren career with more points, victories and pole-positions than his team-mate this term. But it was Button who scooped the award for the third time in four years, seeing off competition from fellow F1 racers Hamilton and Paul Di Resta as well as Dario Franchitti, who won the Indy 500 for a third time this season, Touring Car Champion Rob Huff and DTM runner-up and McLaren reserve driver Gary Paffett, Winner: Jensen Button has won the award for a third time in four years TALE OF THE TAPEHamilton Wins: 4Pole positions 7DNFs: 6Points: 190ButtonWins: 3Pole Positions 1DNFs: 2Points 188 Button, who benefited from Hamilton’s retirement in Brazil to win the final race of the season, said:‘It has been a very up and down year for us, but [winning in Brazil] was a great way to end the season and hopefully for all the guys working that’ll be good for 2013.’After a disappointing season in 2011, Hamilton bounced back this term to enjoy arguably his best season for McLaren during his six-year spell with the British outfit.But he was unable to mount a title challenge after retiring from the lead of three races at Singapore, Abu Dhabi and in Brazil, while a pit-stop gaffe and fuel error cost him big points at the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix. Praise: Lewis Hamilton was backed by Button even though he is leaving for Mercedes And Button, who will be joined at McLaren by Sergio Perez in 2013, was quick to laud his outgoing team-mate after accepting his British Driver of the Year award.  He said: ‘For me the excitement of going to McLaren was obviously in racing for the team, but it was also racing against Lewis. He’s unbelievably fast.‘I love the role of being the experienced driver and that is definitely the case next year – I think I am the most experienced guy in F1 next year. Really looking forward to working with Checo [Sergio Perez] next year too, he has shown great speed and seems like he wants to learn, so it should be good fun.‘I think this year…

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Lewis Hamilton graces Peter Lim scholarship ceremony at ITE College West

Published on Dec 04, 20123:38 PM F1 driver Lewis Hamilton at the Peter Lim Scholarship ceremony to answer questions from the audience and the media. The event was held at ITE College West. Hamilton was in Singapore on Wednesday to share his success story with ITE students. — ST PHOTO: TED CHEN By Wang Meng Meng Former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was in Singapore on Wednesday to share his success story with ITE students. The outgoing McLaren driver made an appearance at ITE College West to support the Peter Lim Scholarship and to hand out grants to 33 ITE students. The scholarship – set up by billionaire Peter Lim in 2010 – has pledged $10 million to the Singapore Olympic Foundation and aims to nurture sporting talents in Singapore. Hamilton, who will join the Mercedes F1 team next season, also addressed ITE students at the event. TO READ THE FULL STORY… NEXT STORY: Ferguson hoping Vidic returns to calm defence 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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Photo: live painting amb Lewis Hamilton a Mumbai (Índia)

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live painting amb Lewis Hamilton a Mumbai (Índia)

Quadre pintat a Mumbai per a Lewis Hamilton, dins els actes de promoció de la fórmula1 a l’Índia.

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