Hamilton keen to do his talking on track in Bahrain

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Lewis Hamilton is keen to put the internal tensions at Mercedes to one side and do his talking on track at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton claimed his eighth victory in the last ten Formula 1 races in China last weekend, but the result was overshadowed by accusations made by his Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg claimed that Hamilton had deliberately driven slowly during the race to back his championship rival into the clutches of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, putting the team’s fortunes at risk.

The German driver eventually finished the race in second place behind his teammate after pulling away from Vettel in the final stint of the race, but was left fuming.

Instead of reacting to Rosberg’s comments, Hamilton has said that he would rather do his talking out on track when racing wheel to wheel.

“I just do my talking on the track, that’s how it’s always been since I was eight years old,” Hamilton said. “And naturally you just try to learn from decisions you take and experiences you have and hope that you get better.

“You just do your talking on the track and try to do your best. All the stuff that comes out of the car I have no particular interest in it.”

Hamilton believes that Mercedes will reunite as a team in Bahrain this weekend, claiming that there are no problems between him and Rosberg.

“We’re moving forwards and we will reunite as a team this weekend and try to do a great job,” he said. “There’s no issue between me and Nico. We saw each other this morning and everything is good.

“There are going to be times when people are unhappy about some things, but we’re grown-ups and we move past it.”

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Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.