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Lewis Hamilton confident Mercedes ‘going right direction’

Moving forward: Lewis Hamilton has laid to rest the demons from his first outing when he suffered a rear brake failure that pitched him into a tyre barrier at Jerez a fortnight ago Photo: REUTERS Hamilton completed another productive day behind the wheel of the W04 for his new team on the second day of Formula One’s second pre-season test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. The 28-year-old comfortably topped the day’s lap charts with 121, with his best of 1min 22.726sec good enough for fourth fastest on a timesheet headed by his replacement at McLaren in Sergio Perez. Overall, in his last two days in the car, Hamilton has now clocked up 1,205 kilometres (748 miles), laying to rest the demons from his first outing when he suffered a rear brake failure that pitched him into a tyre barrier at Jerez a fortnight ago. Impressively, Hamilton’s time was set on the hard Pirelli compound, in contrast to Perez’s time of 1:21.848 on the softs. In between the duo were triple world champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull, 0.349sec behind Perez, and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who was a further half a second down on the German, both on mediums. Overall, Hamilton is confident he and the team “are going in the right direction”. He added: “It’s so encouraging to see the amount of work that’s going in, to see the atmosphere there [at the factory] and how determined everyone is. “I’ve a great group of guys behind me. I’m sure they’ve been working hard over the years. “But I’ve only just arrived and immediately I see just a fantastic determination and effort going in. I hope it all pays off.” Whilst Pirelli are proving themselves to be as good as their word this year as they promised compounds would be half a second per lap quicker than those from last year, the high degradation is proving a concern for all drivers. Hamilton claims looking after the tyres “isn’t easy”, whilst Perez feels the wear is “a big surprise”, adding that “normally in testing we see a lot of degradation, but never this much”. 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….

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Lewis Hamilton is ready to inspire Mercedes to Formula One glory

By Ian Parkes PUBLISHED: 14:09 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 EST, 20 February 2013 Lewis Hamilton is hoping to reward Mercedes for all the hard work he can see going on behind the scenes in a bid to turn the team into winners.Hamilton completed another productive day behind the wheel of the W04 for his new team on the second day of Formula One’s second pre-season test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.The 28-year-old comfortably topped the day’s lap charts with 121, with his best of one minute 22.726 seconds good enough for fourth fastest on a timesheet headed by his replacement at McLaren in Sergio Perez. Determined: Lewis Hamilton wants to inspire Mercedes to Formula One success Overall, in his last two days in the car, Hamilton has now clocked up 1205 kilometres (748 miles), laying to rest the demons from his first outing when he suffered a rear brake failure that pitched him into a tyre barrier at Jerez a fortnight ago.Impressively, Hamilton’s time was set on the hard Pirelli compound, in contrast to Perez’s time of 1:21.848s on the softs.In between the duo were triple world champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull, 0.349s behind Perez, and Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen who was a further half-a-second down on the German, both on mediums. Overall, Hamilton is confident he and the team ‘are going in the right direction’.He added: ‘It’s so encouraging to see the amount of work that’s going in, to see the atmosphere there [at the factory] and how determined everyone is. Test session: Hamilton practicing at the Montmelo racetrack near Barcelona, Spain ‘I’ve a great group of guys behind me. I’m sure they’ve been working hard over the years.’But I’ve only just arrived and immediately I see just a fantastic determination and effort going in. I hope it all pays off.’While Pirelli are proving themselves to be as good as their word this year as they promised compounds would be half a second per lap quicker than those from last year, the high degradation is proving a concern for all drivers.Hamilton claims looking after the tyres ‘isn’t easy’, whilst Perez feels the wear is ‘a big surprise’, adding that ‘normally in testing we see a lot of degradation, but never this much.’ Popular: Hamilton’s driving style has made him one of F1′s big attractions Tyres have been the least of Raikkonen’s worries, however, as…

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Top Gear F1 star Lewis Hamilton beats Vettel’s fastest lap time

Lewis Hamilton in Jerez, Spain [Picture: Daimler / Mercedes AMG Pertronas] By Alan Davies, Formula One correspondent Sunday, February 17, 201310:02 PM FORMULA One driver Lewis Hamilton has clocked his first fastest lap of the season after beating Sebastian Vettel’s quickest time in BBC Two’s Top Gear. To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in. Lewis Hamilton in Jerez, Spain [Picture: Daimler / Mercedes AMG Pertronas] The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 star from Hertfordshire smashed Vettel’s best time for the celebrity in a Reasonably Priced Car challenge in tonight’s (Sunday’s) episode of the hit motoring show. Hamilton set a blistering record hot lap of 1m 42.9s. The Stevenage-born racing driver clocked a time of 1m 44.7s in wet conditions when he first raced around the Top Gear test track in 2007. However, the 28-year-old former world champion eclipsed Vettel’s fastest circuit of 1m 44.0s in tonight’s show to storm to the top of the Top Gear F1 leaderboard. Hamilton’s new Mercedes AMG F1 team tweeted: “Well done @LewisHamilton for that amazing 1.42.9!! Top of the @BBC_TopGear F1 driver’s timesheet! #TopGear” BBC Radio 5 Live Formula One pit lane reporter Jennie Gow congratulated Hamilton via Twitter for his flying lap. She tweeted: “Ridiculous time!!!!! Well done @LewisHamilton – great #TopGear tonight.” 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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Photo: Four World Champions One Podium US F1 GP 2012

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Four World Champions One Podium US F1 GP 2012

Sebastian Vettel, Mario Andretti, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Circuit of the Americas, 2012
How many other times the three podium steps have been filled with world champions? (Four world champions if you count Mario Andretti)

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Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel in Top Gear’s ‘star in a reasonably priced car challenge’

By Sunni Upal PUBLISHED: 21:09, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 21:09, 17 February 2013 Lewis Hamilton finally got the better of three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel as he blitzed around the Top Gear track in 1:42.9, over a second faster than the German.The 2008 world champion made his second appearance on Top Gear having set a 1:44.7 in the wet six years ago.This time, though, Hamilton had a dry run and he eased to the top of the Top Gear timesheet.He said: ‘I’m really surprised. I was going to be disappointed in myself if I didn’t do a competitive time.’ All smiles: Lewis Hamilton returned to BBC’s Top Gear and topped the timesheets in the Suzuki Liana Defeated: Host Jeremy Clarkson said The Stig is the only man unhappy with the result Hamilton may have beaten Vettel in the ‘reasonably priced’ Suzuki Liana but he will have a tough time trying to repeat his victory when he lines up alongside the Red Bull man in his Mercedes this season. Jeremy Clarkson asked if moving from McLaren to Mercedes was like moving from Manchester United to West Ham and Hamilton responded: ‘It is a big change but I am really excited about it. Everyone has criticised it but I have been at McLaren since I was 13. I wanted a change and I’m a risk taker.’Even so, Hamilton played down his chances of challenging the leading teams from the beginning of the season in Australia on March 17. In good company: Hamilton was interviewed by Clarkson during Sunday’s Top Gear episode 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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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 in his new F1W04 follows Valtteri Bottas into the pits at the Circuit de Jerez on day four of testing.

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Photo: Mercedes Team Test F1 Jerez 2013

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Mercedes Team Test F1 Jerez 2013

Pilot: Lewis Hamilton
Team: Mercedes
Place: Jerez



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