Lewis Hamilton believes he can win in 2013

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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.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway unveils logo for 2019 Indy 500

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The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are already thinking about next year’s Indy 500.

Speedway officials on Friday unveiled the logo for the 103rd running of the 500 next year, which will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

According to a Speedway media release, “The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”

 

In addition, the new logo, according to the release, “is athletic, prestigious and confident and includes a rich navy blue that contrasts with gold, the color of the iconic Wing and Wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“A row of red bricks race upward and forward, referencing the bricks that formed the track’s surface for decades and remain present today in the famous Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line.”

The logo will serve as part of a new branding system that will feature it as part of future logo designs, as well.

“This new logo system is an exciting step forward for the identity of the Indianapolis 500,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The 103rd Indianapolis 500 logo, created within this system, salutes the traditions and legacy of the race while looking ahead to its bright future.”

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