F1 champ Hamilton gears up for Turkish Grand Prix test

PUBLISHED: 20:22 31 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton is gearing up for round seven of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Turkey next Sunday. After finishing outside the points in his last two races, the F1 world champion from Herts is hoping for a better return in the Turkish Grand Prix

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LEWIS Hamilton is gearing up for round seven of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship in Turkey next Sunday.

After finishing outside the points in his last two races, the F1 world champion from Herts is hoping for a better return in the Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul.

However, Hamilton's McLaren Mercedes isn't particularly suited to the Hermann Tilke designed anti-clockwise circuit with its high-speed corners, especially the monster Turn 8, a triple apex left-hander.

Like Interlagos in Brazil, the Istanbul track's first corner is a left-hand bend and it drops away from its entry to exit.

Hamilton said: "I love the fact that it's a new circuit that has really captured the flavour of some of the older, classic tracks - it's got a bit of everything and is fantastic to drive."

Lewis was runner-up in Istanbul last year behind Felipe Massa, who has taken the Turkish chequered flag three times for Ferrari.

"I love racing in Turkey," said Hamilton, the 24-year-old McLaren driver from Tewin.

"It's a real challenge because you need to attack the lap to get a good time, but you also need to be careful with your tyres.

"If you push too much, particularly through Turn Eight, then your tyres are going to suffer.

"It's all about finding the perfect balance in practice and being disciplined in the race so you don't overdo it."

Following next Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton will be driving on home soil a fortnight later with the British Grand Prix taking place at Silverstone for the final time on June 21.


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