Hamilton calls 2011 his “most testing year”

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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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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.

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44 comments on Hamilton calls 2011 his “most testing year”

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th October 2011, 14:55

    What I found to be the most interesting thing said in that Barrichello interview was this explanation for the rise in overtaking we have seen this year

    Formula One has more overtaking nowadays, but in reality DRS (drag reduction system) has made some cars quicker in qualifying, but not as quick in racing,” Barrichello said.

    That had never really occured to me to be of influence, but it suddenly makes for a solid argument to allow DRS in qualifying! This way it spices up the racing but in a healty way (as its up to the teams/drivers to either optimize for quali or for the race and use it or not)

    • vho (@) said on 7th October 2011, 15:09

      The problem with DRS in qualifying is that cars with greater mechanical grip/chassis downforce will always have the benefit of qualifying faster – just look at Vettel taking the 130R with the DRS open (and subsequently so did others). Sure it can spice things up but doesn’t reflect the true race pace. RB has dominated qualifying all year because they can open their DRS longer than anyone else – straight away the fight has been lost based on better mechanical grip/chassis downforce – thus we’re left with one team dominating qualifying and then having a more exciting race. I doubt RB would’ve scored so many poles if DRS was not enabled during qualifying.

  2. antonyob (@) said on 7th October 2011, 15:33

    thats not a valid argument. drs is no different from turbos, aero, downforce, or anything else. If the FIA hadnt sanctioned it then teams wouldve thought of it, see f duct. The fact that Rb can exploit DRS more fully and therefore thatgives the team an advantage is part of the flaw in motor racing full stop. the fast team starts at the front.

    Of course when just seeing a car held just under/over the limit round a fast corner was enough wow it didnt matter… but now people watching on telly demand x amount of overtakes per lap or the sport is ruined, then allowing the quick cars to start first “spoils it”. But i have never heard such a ludicrous argument as, its not fair to have drs as it gives a team who expolit it best pole. SO?…

    And by proxy,I dont understand the search for pure racing, racing has and will never be pure. For 1 it became a sport from a commercial basis not as in most sports, the other way round. Motor racing was and has always been for the participants and the manufacturers. It should never be subservient to the crowd. We are guests, most of the time non paying, and if we dont like it well go watch soccerball.

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