Hamilton: Danger in F1 excites me

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed in an interview that the dangerous side of racing is something that excites him, setting him and his colleagues apart from other sportsmen.

The 2008 world champion spoke about this aspect of Formula One during an interview with Al Jareeza, also revealing that he suffers from nerves despite his cool and calm demeanor.

“Trying to control your nerves is such a challenge,” Hamilton explained. “Even today I still have nerves. If I don’t have those nerves it means I’m not prepared.”

The knowledge that a big accident could come at any moment may scare many, but Hamilton is spurred on by this.

“It definitely is dangerous and I’m glad that it still has that danger factor to it because that’s what makes it so exciting. That’s what separates us from, you know, any other sport.”

Many purists criticize the modern sport, believing that it lacks the danger and challege that was once present thanks to driver aids and other advancements in technology. However, there have been no deaths in the sport since 1994, proving just how far safety standards have come, but incidents such as Robert Kubica’s accident in 2007 proves that danger is still present.

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Andretti Autosport picks James Hinchcliffe for last 3 races of season

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James Hinchcliffe will finish the NTT IndyCar Series season for Andretti Autosport, replacing Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon that Hinchcliffe will return after racing for Andretti at Texas Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Indianapolis 500.

Hinchcliffe, who also has worked as an IndyCar on NBC analyst and pit reporter, will race in the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

“It’s always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,” team owner Michael Andretti said in a release. “James has an existing relationship with our team that we’d love to build on and it makes the most sense for him to step in for these last three races. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Hinchcliffe has a season-best finish of seventh in the Indy 500. He had been working on trying to put together a deal for next season after scrambling to secure a partial schedule this year when he lost his ride at Arrow McLaren SP after 2020 with a year left on his deal.

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“I know, probably better than most, what Zach is feeling right now, and I have to say that he has handled everything about as class act as you can,” Hinchcliffe said. “I’ve known Zach as a teammate, before that as a colleague and even before that as a friend, and he is a guy that I respect in every way. I know he is a fighter and will fight back to where he wants to be.

“For me now, my focus is 100% on racing the Harvest GP and getting the best possible results for Gainbridge, for Honda, for Michael and for the team. I obviously haven’t been on a road course in a while, but at least the last time I was, it was here at IMS! Hopefully that puts us in a good position to go out there and have a strong weekend.”