F1: Hamilton working round the clock for Turkish Grand Prix delight

PUBLISHED: 17:05 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Turkey , 
22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes),
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Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2008, GP of Turkey , 22 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

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WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton will be working round the clock to finish in the points in next month s Turkish Grand Prix. Despite sterling drives in both the Spanish and Monaco races, the 24-year-old from Herts failed to gain a single point in Barcelona a

Lewis Hamilton on the Turkish Grand Prix podium

WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton will be working round the clock to finish in the points in next month's Turkish Grand Prix.

Despite sterling drives in both the Spanish and Monaco races, the 24-year-old from Herts failed to gain a single point in Barcelona and Monte Carlo.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Hamilton has all but conceded the title to champion-elect Jenson Button, who has won five of the opening six races of the Formula 1 season for new team Brawn.

However, Hamilton is still putting in the hours to try and salvage something from what has been a disappointing season as world champion.

And he'll be going round the bend in Turkey to try and earn some valuable points for the McLaren team.

The Istanbul Park Circuit is one of the few on the F1 calendar that drivers race around anti-clockwise.

This places a greater strain on neck muscles not normally tested by regular track, as Hamilton explained.

Talking about completing 58 laps of the Turkish track, he said: "As it's anti-clockwise, it gives your neck a bit of a workout.

"But you just need to make sure you've exercised the left side of your neck a little more than usual before getting in the car."

The Turkish Grand Prix takes place around the Hermann Tilke designed Istanbul circuit on Sunday, June 7.

Hamilton finished second in Istanbul last year behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who has won three of the four Turkish Grands Prix.


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