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Top Gear record bid for F1 star Lewis Hamilton

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton [Picture: Daimler / Mercedes AMG Pertronas] By Alan Davies, Formula One correspondent Sunday, February 17, 20134:02 PM FORMULA One star Lewis Hamilton swaps his new 2013 Mercedes F1 challenger for Top Gear’s Reasonably Priced Car on the test track in tonight’s (Sunday’s) episode of the hit BBC Two show. To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. The racing driver from Hertfordshire will attempt to beat his previous best lap time – and the track record of reigning F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel – on the BBC motoring magazine programme this evening. After taking a Suzuki Liana for a spin on a wet track in 2007, the Mercedes AMG Petronas ace once again takes on the famous Reasonably Priced Car challenge. Having previously clocked a time of 1m 44.7s, 28-year-old Hamilton will be attempting to climb to the top of the Top Gear leaderboard, ahead of Rubens Barrichello, Nigel Mansell and great rival Vettel. Three-time world champion Vettel currently holds the time to beat – a lap of 1m 44.0s. Viewers can see if Hamilton becomes the fastest F1 driver around the Top Gear circuit from 8pm tonight (Sunday, February 17) on BBC2. In episode four of the current series, presenter Jeremy Clarkson also puts the new Kia Cee’d through its paces, including a rather unusual game of rugby with James May, while Richard Hammond road tests the Mastretta sports car in Mexico. 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: Eyes Like Blank Discs – The Guardian’s Steven Poole On George Orwell’s Politics And The English Language.

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Lewis Hamilton tries to beat The Stig on Top Gear

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 14:27, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:27, 15 February 2013 Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to return to the top of the Top Gear  timesheets will be screened by the BBC this Sunday.Hamilton has his work cut out in the coming Formula One campaign if he is to turn new team Mercedes into regular frontrunners.But ahead of next week’s winter test in Barcelona, Hamilton took on another major challenge by getting behind the wheel of the of the ‘reasonably priced’ Suzuki Liana to try and topple some of F1’s most famous names. All smiles: Lewis Hamilton returns to BBC’s Top Gear after he drove on the show’s track six years ago Let battle commence: Hamilton (left) will be hoping to surpass The Stig’s (right) time to move up the board It is six years since the 2008 world champion last appeared on Top Gear and in that time he has slipped to fifth in the rankings behind Sebastian Vettel, Rubens Barrichello, The Stig and Nigel Mansell.The 28-year-old’s time of 1min 44.7secs was set in the wet, however, and it seems Hamilton could be on target to knock triple world champion Vettel off top spot by bettering his marker of 1min 44.0secs.‘This time the track is dry and Lewis is taking no prisoners in his attempts to smash the lap record,’ the BBC said. In good company: Hamilton sat with host Jeremy Clarkson (right) in the show which will be aired on Sunday VIDEO: Watch Hamilton’s competition as Sebastian Vettel performs his lap[embedded content] 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: Eyes Like Blank Discs – The Guardian’s Steven Poole On George Orwell’s Politics And The English Language.

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LEWIS HAMILTON – MR P15?

P15 y’all. Better get used to it. P15??!! WTF?? Yeah, I know what you mean. For all those who are not aware yet, I am a Lewis Hamilton supporter. Not a die hard (maybe Bruce Willis) supporter as sometimes he does wrong (he’s only human) and I give him his due shit. I met him in 2007 when he was in Sepang, Malaysia for his second race of his F1 career. I got to know his dad, Anthony well. We had “roti canai” on the streets of Malaysia and I drove them around, well mostly Anthony.So of course I had an interest in his career from the start. The fact that he is a damn fierce racer who throws the car around corners is also the reason why I’m a fan. So yes, I’m surprised as well to see him finish P15. Well, not really. It happens quite a few times with McLaren reliability lately. And with Mercedes, P15 could be his new jam studio.This is what we F1 fans would know and probably accept. Except some of those zombie die hard supporters out there. Yes you know who you are. Please tone down a bit. Lewis is human after all, he makes mistakes. Lets not turn him into a god and associate the real Creator of the heavens and the earth with anything else. It would be extremely “hot” for you. And that’s an understatement.So what’s up with Lewis finishing in P15? Seems he has really planned his move to Mercedes knowing full well all the trappings. In an interview recently, he laid bare his thoughts and they are certainly very interesting.His first taste of Mercedes vs McLaren machinery, he was pretty frank:“The McLaren was better, but that’s not a surprise. I could see last year that the Mercedes was often a second off the best; sometimes two seconds. I was prepared for that. I could tell (in Jerez test) that the Mercedes had less downforce than the McLaren. But it’s not catastrophic. I’ve got ideas on how we can improve two or three things.”Of course the McLaren was better, it was the fastest car at the end of last season. But it tended to breakdown quite often, which is not good if you want to win races. Not good for P15 either.His thoughts on Niki Lauda, his part in getting Hamilton to Mercedes and the wider role at…

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Lewis Hamilton helping drive Mercedes forward

Reuters –  REUTERS – Lewis Hamilton made up for lost time by doing 145 laps of the Jerez test circuit on Friday with Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn hailing the 2008 Formula One champion for his work in driving the team forward. The 28-year-old former McLaren driver did only 15 laps before a brake failure sent him crashing out on his test debut with his new team on Wednesday but returned for a full day’s work. His efforts were interrupted only when testing was halted for nearly an hour to enable workers to repair a damaged kerb and fill a hole between turns 10 and 11 with quick-drying cement. Hamilton told reporters that Mercedes, largely uncompetitive last season, were where he hoped they would be in terms of performance and he was giving them plenty of feedback. “We have some work to do but it doesn’t feel like it was a disaster,” he said. “I feel like it’s a good platform, a good foundation to work from. “Definitely we are going to keep asking for downforce and hope the guys continue to do a great job at the factory,” he added. Brawn welcomed any constructive criticism from Hamilton and his German team mate Nico Rosberg, who did 148 laps on Thursday. “I think we’ve made it very clear to Lewis that he’s part of the solution,” the Englishman told reporters. “He’s part of the solution to get us where we want to be and he knows that and understands it and I think he’s relishing it. “He gives us reference points and helps us understand what we need to focus on… I welcome that approach. It needs to be constructive and it needs to be positive criticism of the right sort and that’s always helpful for the team to drive it forward.” Hamilton ended the final day of the test with the sixth fastest time of one minute 18.905 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, was quickest for Lotus in 1:18.148 with Frenchman Jules Bianchi setting out his credentials for the Force India drive with the second best lap of 1:18.175. Force India have yet to say who will partner Britain’s Paul Di Resta this season, with Ferrari academy driver Bianchi a frontrunner. Red Bull’s triple world champion Sebastian Vettel was third fastest after doing 96 laps. Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa took over in the Ferrari for the final day…

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Lewis Hamilton crashes Mercedes F1 car during first testing, unhurt

Lewis Hamilton crashes his car during his first testing for the Mercedes Formula One (F1) on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, as shown in the video below. Fortunately, Hamilton, 28, who won the Formula One in 2008, was not hurt. However, further testing for the event was temporarily canceled. Lewis Hamilton, being checked by marshals after he crashed his new Mercedes F1 carCredit: TheSun.co.uk As noted at Guardian that day, Lewis Hamilton crashes his new Mercedes F1 car at the barrier at the circuit race track in Jerez, Spain while on his 15th lap and is approaching Turn 6. The incident occurred a day after the same race car was caught on fire, with Nico Rosberg behind the wheel that time. “Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes enabled him to slow the car but he couldn’t avoid the barrier…we have traced the problem to the hydraulic brake line connecting to the right-rear caliper.” Mercedes AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) tweeted after the incident. “Obvious damage to the front wing and nose. The impact with the barrier also damaged the front left corner (suspension and associated aero parts)…Lewis himself is fine…we will not run again today as work continues with the repairs required on the car.” Mercedes AMG F1 tweeted later. “I must have been doing about 200mph or so before I hit the brakes coming down the back straight. For a split second it was working but then the pedal just went straight down. It wouldn’t work any more. Then I just had to brace for impact. Because I went in straight my legs took a bit of a thump.” Hamilton was quoted at Guardian. “It’s disappointing for all of us in the team because everyone has worked so hard over the winter and we didn’t anticipate this. But I’m glad we got it out of the way now so we don’t have to worry about it in the future.” Hamilton added, who unveiled his brand new 2013 Mercedes F1 WO4 car two days ago. [embedded content]Lewis Hamilton crashes Mercedes F1 car (in Spanish)Video Credit: Senna GP/YouTube Spread The News!Tags: Hamilton crashes Mercedes, Jerez, Lewis Hamilton, Lewis Hamilton crashes, Mercedes F1, Nico Rosberg, Spain Advertisement Recent Related News Dale Earnhardt Jr. big wreck during 2013 Daytona 500 testing causes NASCAR 12-car accident (Video) Dale Earnhardt Jr. had a big wreck at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, January…

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Lewis Hamilton crashes Mercedes during first day of testing at Circuito de Jerez

Lewis Hamilton on the track in the Mercedes CREDIT: ESPN via Twitter Published: Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM Lewis Hamilton had an embarrassing first day at his new job on Tuesday, as he crashed his Mercedes into a barrier just 15 laps into his debut as a Formula 1 driver. The incident occurred when the British driver locked the breaks at 170 mph while heading into turn six of the Circuito de Jerez in Spain during Tuesday morning’s testing session, the Daily Mail reported. Today was Hamilton’s first day as part of the Formula 1 team for which he’s allegedly receiving £15million a year, a job for which he left his lengthy association with McLaren at the end of 2012. Though Hamilton wasn’t physically injured during the crash, his ego might be slightly bruised. After the incident, the session was red flagged as the brand new Mercedes W04 he crashed had to be transported back to the garage. PHOTO: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crashes in test after a brake failure. #F1 twitpic.com/c1cmnw — F1 News & Views (@F1grid) February 6, 2013 ESPN, tweeted a photo of Hamilton walking away from the incident unscathed, but the car wasn’t so lucky. Lewis Hamilton walks away unharmed from his crashed Mercedes. There have been better first days on a job twitter.com/ESPNF1/status/… — ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) February 6, 2013 According to Mercedes, the accident damaged the front suspension and bodywork of the vehicle. The incident was tracked to a break-related issue. “Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes enabled him to slow the car but he couldn’t avoid the barrier,” a tweet from Mercedes read. Lewis suffered a loss of rear brake pressure, the front brakes enabled him to slow the car but he couldn’t avoid the barrier… — MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 6, 2013 Mercedes said there is no news yet as to when they’ll be back on track as they’re still working on repairs. Asked if he had gained any positives from the incident, Hamilton responded, “Definitely, I’m alive.” 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: Eyes Like Blank Discs – The Guardian’s Steven Poole On George Orwell’s Politics And The English Language.

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Lewis Hamilton happy with new ride

Behind the wheel of his new Mercedes car, Lewis Hamilton felt right at home. The 28-year-old British driver, who left McLaren for Formula One rival Mercedes this season, drove his new team’s new wheels Monday and wasn’t disappointed. “I’m happy, that’s what I can tell you,” said Hamilton, the 2008 world champion. “It’s still got a Mercedes engine, so it has all the power I used to have.” Hamilton will be driving with Nico Rosberg this season, and Mercedes is hoping to rekindle the fiercely competitive spirit that they shared as go-kart rivals 13 years ago. “I’ve known him longer than any other driver here,” he said of the German driver. “It’s a real privilege to work alongside him.” Team principal Ross Brawn said “the dynamic” between the two Mercedes drivers will be very important. “They’re good friends,” Brawn said, adding that Hamilton was one of the fastest drivers on the circuit. “His speed is unquestioned, and with Michael Schumacher coming to the end of his career, he’s a fantastic replacement.” First around the Jerez circuit in the new car was Rosberg, who said it felt very good and he could “straight away push hard.” The 27-year-old German also said the change of partner, with Hamilton replacing seven-time world champion Schumacher, was good. “It’s a fresh start. We’re going to push each other,” Rosberg said, adding the entire team was aware of a need to improve on its lone victory last season. “We need to close the gap with other teams.” Brawn said Mercedes would this season use two development teams working in parallel, “one on developing next year’s car and one just for this one.” Last year, the car’s performance on the track suffered when engineers began concentrating on developing the new car, he said. “We don’t want to fade in 2013, like we did last year,” Brawn said, adding the car was already technically advanced. “There’s a lot of innovation under the skin of the car which I’m pleased about.” New developments would be added to the car quickly, beginning with what Brawn called “a very interesting new front wing,” which would be unveiled for testing on Tuesday.”This car we anticipate is going to be a reasonable amount quicker than what we had at the end of last year,” Brawn said. The former technical director of the championship-winning Benetton and Ferrari teams said all the pieces were in…

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LEWIS HAMILTON: TEAM HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS

Lewis Hamilton will try new W04 later today Ross Brawn: “2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team. The restructuring we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity and this is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor. Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season. We are also hugely proud to welcome Lewis to the team as a works Mercedes-Benz driver. With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in Formula One and I know that a healthy level of competition between them both will help drive the team forward.” Lewis Hamilton: “It´s a very special day for me to officially present our Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow to the world. There is no company with a longer history in Grand Prix racing than Mercedes-Benz and it is an honour for me to tread in the footsteps of legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Michael Schumacher. It´s the start of a new chapter for me, a new adventure, and when I walked through the doors in Brackley, I was so excited to get down to work. I´ve been at the factory for a few days now, getting to know the guys, meeting my mechanics and engineers, learning myself into the team and I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one. They have been flat out this winter trying to pack more performance into the new car and I can´t wait to drive it and see where I can make a difference to help push the team forward with Nico. This is a new start for me with the team in Brackley but I have worked with Mercedes-Benz for a very long time now, and I learned one thing most of all: Mercedes-Benz doesn´t know how to lose. We are playing a long game here but I know we will have success together and I´m excited to be a big part of making it happen.”

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MERCEDES UNVEILED W04 – STEP FORWARD IN SOPHISTICATION

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team today unveiled its 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton arrived at the official photo call at the wheel of two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coup – Black Series, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the new car offers a blend of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and lightweight construction in line with the “AMG Lightweight Performance” strategy. Developing 464 kW (631 hp) for a kerb weight of 1550 kg, the SLS AMG Coup- Black Series accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and is the most powerful internal combustion vehicle currently produced by Mercedes-Benz. The new F1 W04 completed its first laps of today´s 100 km shakedown at 10:21 CET in the hands of Nico Rosberg, who drove the car throughout the morning. Lewis Hamilton will take the wheel of a Formula One Silver Arrow for the first time this afternoon, the first British works driver since Sir Stirling Moss in 1955. The car will then complete four days of testing this week in Jerez, in the hands of Nico and Lewis. With the technical regulations remaining stable in 2013, ahead of major changes for 2014, the basic vehicle concept of the F1 W04 is a sophisticated evolution of last year´s car. Led by Engineering Director Aldo Costa, under the coordination of Technical Director Bob Bell, the project commenced with initial aerodynamic testing in early summer 2012. The aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear. The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential. The F1 W04 also does away with the stepped nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small ´vanity panel´, which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing. The car completed its final mandatory FIA crash test on 15 January.

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Lewis Hamilton buys 20m pounds jet to keep relationship with Nicole Scherzinger alive

By ANI | ANI –  London, Feb. 3 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton, who makes his living by driving super-fast cars, has spent 20 million pounds on an even speedier mode of transport: a private jet, to ease the strain of his long-distance relationship with girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger. According to friends, the Formula 1 ace bought the blood-red Bombardier CL-600, which cruises at 500mph, to make travelling to see his girlfriend as easy as possible, the Daily Mail reported. Hamilton, who lives in Monaco, and Scherzinger, who is based in Los Angeles split briefly in 2011, reportedly due to the pressure of spending so much time thousands of miles apart. The 2008 world champion has given the jet a personal touch by changing the official registration to G-LCDH, which stands for Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton. The former McLaren driver and 34-year-old Scherzinger, who started dating in 2007, have now joined an elite club of “super-celebrities,” including Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey, who can afford a private jet. (ANI) 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: Eyes Like Blank Discs – The Guardian’s Steven Poole On George Orwell’s Politics And The English Language.

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