F1: Hamilton's McLaren team face tough challenges in Turkish Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 13:28 31 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:18 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
LEWIS Hamilton s team boss has admitted that the venue for next Sunday s Turkish Grand Prix doesn t suit the McLaren Mercedes car. Reigning F1 world champion Hamilton was expected to shine around the streets of Monaco last time out, with the tight and twi
LEWIS Hamilton's team boss has admitted that the venue for next Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix doesn't suit the McLaren Mercedes car.
Reigning F1 world champion Hamilton was expected to shine around the streets of Monaco last time out, with the tight and twisty track and low-speed corners ideal for the McLaren MP4-24.
However, 24-year-old Hamilton's hopes of a good points finish were dashed by a qualifying crash that left him at the back of the grid, with overtaking near impossible around Monaco's narrow streets.
And despite a gutsy performance around Monte Carlo, Lewis could only finish 12th after being lapped by eventual race winner Jenson Button, this year's runaway championship favourite.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh openly admits next Sunday's Istanbul circuit will test the MP4-24 much more than Monaco did.
He said: "We go to Turkey in the knowledge that the track characteristics are a bit less likely to suit our package than Monaco, but we are improving all the time, have several minor upgrades for MP4-24 and look forward to assessing our competitiveness against our rivals."
The Istanbul track is designed by German Hermann Tilke and the architect has created a circuit that echoes more famous venues, but also presents its own challenges, especially the fearsome Turn Eight.
Whitmarsh said: "The Istanbul Park circuit is one of the most challenging modern circuits - for both teams and drivers.
"Firstly, it's a real set-up challenge - you need to find a handling balance between the high-speed corners, the slower, infield section and the long straights.
"In addition, tyre-wear - particularly to the heavily loaded front-right through Turn Eight - is a crucial factor in determining overall strategy.
"For the drivers, a combination of multi-apex and blind corners adds to the challenge.
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