Lewis Hamilton is confident that he can claim at least one win in 2013 despite Mercedes suffering with aggressive tire wear so far this season, stunting its race pace.
In Bahrain, Hamilton’s teammate, Nico Rosberg, qualified on pole position, but the German driver suffered with severe rear tire wear throughout the race, finishing 9th despite being on a four-stop strategy. However, Hamilton is sure that he will be able to win races once this problem is resolved.
“I am hopeful we can win this year, particularly as we have things coming in the pipeline with upgrades and improvements for the car,” Hamilton explained in an interview with Sky Sports.
“In some places the degradation isn’t going to be as bad as in Bahrain and I’m confident we can stay out front.”
In the interview, Hamilton also spoke about his decision to leave McLaren after over a decade of association, and he refused to compare the team with his current employers.
“Everyone moves on and tries something new and I’m really enjoying it. But not because it is better – it’s just different.
“The team is different, there’s a different set of people who l am really enjoying working with and it’s a new set of challenges, which is what I wanted.”
Hamilton’s decision appears to have been vindicated by McLaren’s poor start to the 2013 season, with the British team currently occupying 7th place in the constructors’ championship, whilst Mercedes sit in 4th. It remains to be seen if the 2008 world champion can continue his run of winning at least once in every season he has competed in, and his showing at the Chinese Grand Prix suggests that he could challenge the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari in the coming few races.
The FIA Formula E Championship will add Hong Kong to its calendar for its third season, 2016-2017.
The race will take place on October 9, 2016 – exactly one year from now – around the city’s Central district. The 2km circuit will run between Lung Wo Road and the Star Ferry, with cars reaching speeds of up to 225kph (140mph).
The launch event today featured the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Honourable CY Leung; Mr. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development; Mr. Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E Holdings; Mr. Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association; and reigining FE champion Nelson Piquet Jr.
“The Hong Kong ePrix will be one of the highlights on the FIA Formula E Championship calendar,” Agag said in a release. “As one of the most innovative, cutting-edge and fun-loving cities in the world, Hong Kong and Formula E share many of the same qualities. We look forward to bringing all the fun and entertainment of Formula E to this amazing city, and international motorsport back to Hong Kong.”
The track map is linked below.
Prema Powerteam has confirmed that it will enter GP2 for the first time in 2016, taking over the entry of Team Lazarus.
Prema has established itself as one of the most formidable teams in junior motorsport over the past 30 years, winning countless championships – including the last five FIA F3 titles – and helping to launch the careers of Ryan Briscoe, Roberto Merhi and Esteban Ocon (pictured).
In 2016, it will enter GP2 – Formula 1’s feeder series – for the very first time, taking over Lazarus’ entry as its four-year association with the series comes to an end.
“We are delighted to line-up for this exciting new adventure in the GP2 Series,” Prema manager Rene Rosin said. “Prema always followed the evolution of the GP2 concept as an interested spectator, and it is now finally time to join the game in first person.
“The move to the GP2 Series is a logical step for Prema, following the successful experiences in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and in the Italian and the German Formula 4 Championships, which will continue with the same level of commitment.”
Series CEO Bruno Michel was pleased to welcome Prema to GP2, and believes that it will adapt quickly to life in the championship thanks to its impressive racing record.
“I am very pleased to welcome Prema to the GP2 Series,” Michel said. “Their remarkable track record makes me believe that they should be able to adapt quickly to our category.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank [Lazarus team principal] Tancredi Pagiaro and his team for their hard work and dedication for the past four seasons. I wish them the best for the future.”