Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Hamilton calls 2011 his “most testing year”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says this year has been “the most trying, testing year of my career”.


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Lewis Hamilton: This year has been the most testing of my career (The Guardian)

“Up until the end of 2008 I’d won a championship every second year of my career since I was eight years old. I’ve done pretty well up until now, but I’ve had a couple of tough years, with this year the most trying, testing year of my career so far.”

Hamilton must come to me, says Massa (Reuters)

“I will not go to him to speak to him. I didn’t do anything, to be honest, I just had a tyre punctured in my race so I have [no reason] to go and try to speak to him. If he comes to speak to me, it’s fine.”

TV spotlight not helping Lewis Hamilton says Rubens Barrichello (The Independent)

“A lot was said about what [Michael] Schumacher did to Lewis at Monza, that it was unfair, but then it got to the briefing and nobody actually said anything. There’s too much talking and not enough action, so I don’t think there will be anything regarding Lewis.”

2011 Japanese GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel: “If our best, for some reason, is tenth, then we try to get a tenth but if our best is possibly to win the race then we have to go for it and try to win the race. We want to do it in the right way, so I think if you have the ability, the package overall, to do well around here, you have to enjoy it and you have to make sure that if the chance is there to finish on the podium you finish on the podium.”

Mercedes duo boosted by tech line-up (Autosport)

Nico Rosberg: “It is a hell of an announcement. The message is very clear; Mercedes is going to do whatever it takes to win the championship. It is very obvious.”

Organisers confident ahead of second Korean Grand Prix (The Korea Times)

Korean Grand Prix Organising Committee chairman Park Joon-young: “Every part of the preparations have been going smoothly as we have supplemented what we were lacking in the inaugural event.”

Construction on F1 track resumes (Austin-American Statesman)

“For weeks the site has been an eerie moonscape, acres and acres of bare, graded earth, but one with little activity and no buildings being erected.”

Barber Motorsports Park is approved for Formula One testing (Alabama Local News)

“Barber was recently certified by the FIA – the body that sanctions F1 racing – as a Level 1T track. That means that Barber is an approved site for F1 teams to conduct test sessions.”

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Comment of the day

Could a DRS pass into turn one at Suzuka be as good as Kimi Raikkonen’s move on Giancarlo Fisichella six years ago?

I hope the straight is short enough for the driver behind to get alongside, not just sail past. But it?s hard to get excited about DRS passes there, if the memory of Kimi doing it round the outside in 2005 is still fresh in your mind.

From the forum

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Due to a few technical problems arising from recent changes to the site, F1 Fanatic Live will be missing a couple of features during today’s sessions, namely the Twitter feed and session times countdown.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Alexandre Carvalho!

On this day in F1

Jim Clark won the Unite States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen today in 1962.

Second place for Graham Hill virtually guaranteed him the world championship – though it wouldn’t be settled until the final race in South Africa almost three months later.