Hamilton to hit the streets of Valencia for European GP
PUBLISHED: 12:54 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
THE next stop off on the Formula 1 calendar sees the drivers competing at the street circuit of Valencia in the European Grand Prix. The season is currently taking a two-week break before practice starts on August 22, and it will give each team plenty of
THE next stop off on the Formula 1 calendar sees the drivers competing at the street circuit of Valencia in the European Grand Prix.
The season is currently taking a two-week break before practice starts on August 22, and it will give each team plenty of time to reflect on the campaign so far.
With Tewin's Lewis Hamilton sitting at the top of the driver standings on 62 points, five clear of Ferrari rival and defending champion Kimi Räikkönen, the McLaren team will be doing all they can to prepare for the new addition to the racing calendar.
McLaren Mercedes chief Martin Whitmarsh said: "We've been paying very close attention to the construction of the new shorefront circuit in Valencia and are convinced it is going to be an exciting addition to the Formula 1 calendar and an absolutely top-line facility.
"There are a number of things we as a team can do ahead of arriving at any new circuit. In this instance, we have had people visiting Valencia regularly to collect data about the track surface, kerb heights and run-off areas so we can build up as clear a picture as possible of the demands that will be placed on a Formula 1 racing car during the European Grand Prix."
And the team are hoping the race will run smoothly and error-free following the tyre problem experienced by Herts hero Hamilton during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In the race at the Hungaroring, Hamilton was sitting comfortably in second place, and preparing for a challenge at then leader Felipe Massa, until a puncture put paid to his podium aspirations.
Whitmarsh added: "We've left no stone unturned, we've even been studying onboard racing footage of the circuit to get an idea of where the overtaking opportunities lie.
"Unlike most street circuits, however, Valencia is unusual in that it is relatively high-speed track and will require a much lower downforce set-up than we'd normally see at a place like Monte Carlo, for example.
"We are anticipating a fascinating engineering challenge and, while there's always an element of uncertainty whenever you arrive at a new facility, we're confident we've done as competent a job as we can of preparing for it."
Following Hamilton's victory around the street circuit of Monaco in May, he will be looking for another in Valencia to strengthen his championship credentials.