Hectic schedule for Hamilton

PUBLISHED: 07:20 26 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton preparing for the Spanish Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton preparing for the Spanish Grand Prix Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

SUNDAY S Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona marks the beginning of the intensive 20 week European leg of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship. The hectic schedule takes in three continents – Europe, Asia and North America – and r

Lewis Hamilton

SUNDAY'S Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona marks the beginning of the intensive 20 week European leg of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship.

The hectic schedule takes in three continents - Europe, Asia and North America - and reaches a climax in Italy on Sunday, September 14.

So what do the next 140 days hold for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton?

Well there will be 128 working days across 11 countries, of which 84 the drivers will be on the road with the team. It might, however, end up being 83 or 85.

The remaining 12 days are holiday during the August break.

Yes, it really is that frenetic for everyone involved in Formula 1, be they a driver, team member, journalist or supporter.

The 20 weeks of the European season will see Lewis race in Barcelona (Spain), Istanbul (Turkey), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Montreal (Canada), the Loire Valley (France), Silverstone (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), Budapest (Hungary), Valencia (Spain), Spa (Belgium) and Monza (Italy). "If I had to pick a favourite, I would say Monaco. I really enjoy street circuits," said Hamilton.

"In addition to Monaco, this middle stretch of the season also sees some of the best corners on the calendar such as turn eight at Turkey and Eau Rouge at Spa."

The drivers will also take in three continents over the coming months with Canada in North America and Istanbul sitting on the Europe-Asia border.

The Turkish Grand Prix circuit is in Asia, but Lewis will be staying at the Conrad Istanbul, which is in Europe.

"Fantastic race track, terrible journey across the Bosphorous," was Hamilton's frank assessment.

Hamilton will also go testing at six circuits across Europe - Paul Ricard (France), Barcelona and Jerez (Spain), Silverstone (UK), Hockenheim (Germany) and Monza (Italy).

"Grands Prix are the only part of the sport most people see," explained Hamilton.

"The testing is intensive and tough, one of many vital parts of the team."

He will also attend promotions in various locations around the world, including the UK.

"I am looking forward to getting the chance to spend some time meeting my home fans over the next few months," added Lewis.


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