Friday, June 11, 2010

Lewis Hamilton relishes Canadian GP

Lewis Hamilton sat shivering in an air-conditioned tent on a rainy, chilly day at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
"I hope the weather improves," the McLaren star said Thursday, a day before the Formula One cars hit the track for practice for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, coming off a victory two weeks ago in Turkey, won the 2007 race in Montreal for his first Grand Prix victory.
"I love it here," Hamilton said. "I have just always been able to dial the car in here. It has suited my driving style, so hopefully we will see the same this weekend. I'm hoping the car will be quite competitive."
The race at the demanding track is back on the F1 schedule after a one-year absence.
In 2008, Robert Kubica raced to his lone F1 victory, teaming with Nick Heidfeld to give BMW Sauber a 1-2 finish.
"You have to reduce your downforce, but, on the other hand, you have to have good mechanical grip," said Kubica, now driving for Renault. "There's a lot of heavy braking, which I always like.
The 2.7-mile (4.3-kilometer for Canadians) road course sits on Ile Notre Dame, a slender landfill island off the southern bank of the St. Lawrence River. With long straights — favoring low-downforce setups — and slow sharp corners and chicanes, the track will test the cars' brakes, especially early on with full fuel loads.
"It's an extremely fast circuit, but it isn't a place that tolerates even the slightest mistake because of the proximity of the concrete walls," said Jenson Button, a two-time winner for McLaren this season after winning the world title last year for Brawn GP.
Adding to the difficulty, more rain is expected on Saturday and Sunday.

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