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Lewis Hamilton receives five place grid penalty for Chinese Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton receives five place grid penalty for Chinese Grand Prix

It has been reported that British driver Lewis Hamilton will be given a five place grip penalty at this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix. The penalty comes following McLaren’s decision to change the gear box on Lewis Hamilton’s car, which results in an instant five place penalty.

While Lewis Hamilton seems to have put the demons of last season behind him, he is still struggling a little bit with luck. Lewis has qualified on pole position for the first two races of the season, only to go on and finish third in both races, with the first being won by team mate Jenson Button and the second won by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
 
However, Hamilton has admitted that he will not let that bother him, as he is still in a good position after two races and two podiums. Lewis Hamilton is currently second in the driver’s championship and is only five points behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. The Chinese Grand Prix takes place as follows:
 
CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2012, DAY ONE
Friday 13 April: First practice 0300 and second practice 0700
 
CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2012, DAY THREE
Saturday 14 April: Third practice 0400 and Qualifying 0700
 
CHINESE GRAND PRIX 2012, DAY THREE
Sunday 15 April: Race 0800
Nicole Scherzinger to become first female Formula 1 driver
Nicole Scherzinger to become first female Formula 1 driver

It has been reported that Nicole Scherzinger is set to follow her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton into the sport that he lives and breathes. It is claimed that Nicole has been signed up by McLaren as part of their apprenticeship program, which will see her start off in one of the other Formula’s first.

Nicole Scherzinger has been receiving lessons from Lewis Hamilton since they first started dating up until they split up and now that they are back together, Lewis has persuaded Nicole to take the step and become the first ever female Formula 1 driver.
 
Lewis had a word with the top dogs at McLaren and convinced them to give her a test run before the start of the current season and they have been so impressed that they have decided to take a gamble on her. It is believed that Nicole will start out in GP2 to prove she has what it takes.
 
If Scherzinger manages to impress at GP2 level, she will then be given a drive in one of the lesser Formula 1 teams, to prove she can handle herself with the big boys. McLaren are extremely excited about the prospect of having the first ever female Formula 1 world champion, as are Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton.
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McLaren continue domination at Malaysian Grand Prix
McLaren continue domination at Malaysian Grand Prix

The McLaren’s were extremely impressive in Australia a week ago and it seems that they have taken that good form to Malaysia with them. Lewis Hamilton topped the fastest times in both practise sessions today and the McLaren looks promising for another pole position and another win.

Hamilton explained, “It was a good day for me, I was quite happy with the balance of the car, I’ve made some changes since the last race but obviously it can always be better. It’s the set-up and different characteristics. I had a different wing on for the last race which I hadn’t used for a year.”
 
He added, “I thought it would be better but in high-speed corners it was too much for the race. In qualifying it was good.
“I made a step backwards this race and [made] a couple of other changes, roll stiffness and ride-height. Hopefully they have helped.”
 
The qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix is set to take place at 8am (UK time) on Saturday, March 24 and the race will take place at 8am (UK time) on Sunday, March 25.
 
Who do you think will qualify on pole and who do you think will win the Malaysian Grand Prix?
Jenson Button discusses Malaysian Grand Prix test
Jenson Button discusses Malaysian Grand Prix test

McLaren driver Jenson Button leads the 2012 Formula One World Championship after winning the opening race of the season in Melbourne, Australia last week. But he has admitted that he is expecting a much tougher test in Malaysia this weekend, after having a relatively easy race last week.

Button explained, “We’ll be competitive, but you’ll see other teams up there as well. We got it all together at the weekend apart from a couple of things. When Red Bull get their act together - and a few others - they’ll be very competitive.”
 
He added, “It’s about keeping it all together and not making mistakes. The team has done a great job since the start of the year.” Jenson Button’s teammate Lewis Hamilton admitted that he was a little disappointed to only come in third at the Australian Grand Prix last weekend.
 
He said, “The race didn’t go as I wanted to and I think it’s fair to be disappointed. I don’t think I should disguise that
I had a bit too much oversteer in the high speed. I had a different front wing set-up than Jenson and it wasn’t the right one.”
 
The Malaysian Grand Prix starts with Practice on Friday, March 23, qualifying on Saturday, March 24 and the race on Sunday, March 25.
Nicole Scherzinger praises Lewis Hamilton
Nicole Scherzinger praises Lewis Hamilton

Singer and former X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger, was at the opening race of the 2012 Formula One World Championships to cheer on her boyfriend Lewis Hamilton. While Lewis did not manage to win the race, he still received praise from his girlfriend.

Nicole admitted that she admires everything that Formula One drivers do, as well as everybody else involved in the team. Scherzinger explained, “I just have so much respect for what the racers and their teams do.”
 
She added, “It is one of the greatest sports. I am fascinated and I am in awe of Lewis when I watch him. He is very special.” Nicole also admitted that she gets nervous before Lewis races but continued, “I am a very competitive person by nature so I try to focus positive energy for him.”
 
Lewis Hamilton qualified in pole position for the Australian Grand Prix but was passed at the first corner by his team mate Jenson Button, who went on to win the race. Lewis ended up coming in third place, after a safety car cost him second place to Sebastian Vettel.
 
Do you think Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton make a good couple?
Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher discuss Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher discuss Australian Grand Prix

The opening race of the 2012 Formula One World Championship takes place this weekend and, following todays practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher have been giving their views on the Australian Grand Prix.

Hamilton explained, “It looks close between us, the Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. It’s going to be interesting. I’m massively excited to see how it goes.”
 
Button added, “Red Bull are still going to be the ones to beat, but Mercedes seem competitive as well, but it’s tough to say. It is a nice way to start the season, you’d rather be first than last. A positive day. We didn’t get a lot of running today, but it was useful because we haven’t run in the wet. I’m reasonably happy with the car here. It feels nice, but a relatively good Friday considering the limited running.”
 
Schumacher said, “Today was a nice start into a hopefully exciting season, and certainly two promising sessions for us. However, I would not go so far as to speak about being confident, as the weather conditions were too mixed to gain a clear picture. We know what Friday sessions are for and don’t know what fuel loads others were running. On the other hand, it is good to see that we were competitive in different circumstances today and that the car provides good handling - I just feel it.”
 
Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix takes place at 6am UK time.
Lewis Hamilton expecting extremely competitive F1 2012 season
Lewis Hamilton expecting extremely competitive F1 2012 season

British McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he is expecting the 2012 Formula One world championship to be one of the most competitive ever. With 6 former world champions lining up on the grid this season, it is definitely not short of talent and is expected to be very competitive.

Hamilton explained, “I think so. It can’t be much harder that it has been in the last couple of years but I’m sure it will be probably the most competitive year, especially with testing, all the teams seem to be really close.” Lewis then picked out a few teams to watch.
 
He added, “Lotus, Mercedes, Ferrari, even Force India look quite quick, Williams look quite quick, a lot quicker than they were last year. So I think that the competition is going to be very intense.” So does Lewis Hamilton believe that winning the 2012 Formula One world championship will be a big achievement?
 
“Definately” he states. The 2012 Formula One world championship is set to get underway this weekend in Melbourne, Australia. All of the 2012 F1 teams and drivers will be looking to get the season off to a good start.
2012 Formula 1 World Championship teams and drivers
2012 Formula 1 World Championship teams and drivers

The 2012 Formula 1 World Championship is just a few days from getting underway, so we have decided to give you a rundown of all of the teams that will be on the starting grid in Australia and the drivers who will be in control.

Red Bull
Drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
Red Bull Racing are sticking with the same driver line up again this season that has won them the constructors championship in the last two seasons. Sebastian Vettel will be looking to retain his world championship again but Mark Webber will be hoping to be much closer than last season.
 
 
McLaren
Drivers: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
McLaren will be hoping to close the gap on Red Bull this season and Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to put the errors of last season behind him. If McLaren have made the necessary improvements this season, we could just see Jenson Button win his second world championship.
 
 
Ferrari
Drivers: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
This season could be the last season that we see Felipe Massa in a Ferrari, so he will be pulling out all the stops to compete with, not only team mate Fernando Alonso but also the rest of the championship contenders. Fernando Alonso will be hoping that Ferrari give him a car this year to really challenge for the world championship from the start.
 
 
Mercedes
Drivers: Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg
Michael Schumacher has hardly shone since coming out of retirement but Ross Brawn believes that Mercedes will be much more competitive this season and we may just see some flashes of his former greatness. Nico Rosberg will be looking to outperform Michael Schumacher again this season and hopefully land himself a few podium finishes.
 
 
Lotus
Drivers: Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean
Former world champion makes his return to the sport this year with Lotus and will be looking to push the car to the very limit and, with a bit of luck, maybe even have a podium finish or two. Romain Grosjean will never admit it but he is basically just there to try and push Kimi Raikkonen to his limits.
 
 
Force India
Drivers: Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg
British driver Paul di Resta will be looking to improve on his impressive season last season and outperform his new team mate Nico Hulkenberg. Meanwhile, Nico will be looking to make a good impression and challenge Paul for the lead driver spot.
 
 
Sauber
Drivers: Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi
Last season Kamui Kobayashi showed a great deal of potential and proved that he has the ability to mix it with the best in Formula One. However, the Sauber car is unlikely to be really competitive and Kamui will have to settle for as many point scoring positions as his talent can muster. Sergio Perez is no slouch in an F1 car but it is likely that he will be playing second fiddle to Kobayashi all season.
 
 
Toro Rosso
Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne
Despite both drivers from 2011 having a fairly decent season, they have both made way for two new drivers in the form of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Daniel Ricciardo is a highly regarded youngster in Formula One and will be looking to prove himself this season. However, Jean-Eric Vergne will not let him take all the praise too easily. Look for a good team battle between these two this season.
 
 
Williams
Drivers: Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna
Pastor Maldonado outperformed team mate Rubens Barrichello last season and that saw Rubens make way this year. Bruno Senna has taken Rubens place at Williams and Bruno put in some decent performances last season and will be looking to challenge Pastor this season.
 
 
Caterham
Drivers: Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov
2012 sees last year’s Team Lotus change their name to Caterham for this year’s world championship. Heikki Kovalainen, who raced for Team Lotus last season, remains at Caterham this year and he has been joined by Vitaly Petrov, who replaces the outgoing Jarno Trulli. Both drivers should compete well with each other at Caterham for the 2012 season.
 
 
HRT
Drivers: Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan
Pedro de la Rosa joins the HRT team for the 2012 Formula One World Championship and Narain Karthikeyan continues to race for the team. Karthikeyan is a good F1 driver, as is de la Rosa, so we could see these two battling it out for lead driver throughout the season.
 
 
Marussia
Drivers: Timo Glock and Charles Pic
Marussia is the new official name of the Virgin team from last season. Marussia have named Timo Glock and Charles Pic as their drivers for the 2012 season but it can almost be guaranteed that these two will always be struggling at the back of the field.
 
 
The 2012 Formula 1 World Championship begins with the practice sessions this Friday, March 16, in Melbourne , Australia, with qualifying on Saturday, March 17 and the race taking place on Sunday March 18.
Lewis Hamilton’s relationship with Anthony Hamilton affected Nicolas Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton’s relationship with Anthony Hamilton affected Nicolas Hamilton

Nicolas Hamilton, the brother of former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, has revealed how the closeness of Lewis and their father Anthony Hamilton, affected his own relationship with his dad. Nicolas claims that Anthony was always too busy with Lewis to really pay him much attention.

Hamilton explained, “My relationship with Dad did suffer because of Lewis’s racing career. We were very distant. Dad only puts time into something he knows will be a success or make him money. I wouldn’t say even now that we have the perfect father and son bond.”
 
He added, “When I was a teenager I started racing remote controlled cars for fun, which is how Lewis started racing. I then started racing them professionally and wanted Dad to come along but he was too busy with Lewis. It was hard. Everyone else was with their dads and I was on my own.”
 
Nicolas Hamilton went on to admit that he does not resent his brother or his father but he did feel a little bit on the disappointed side and was beginning to get fed up. Nicolas will get his racing season underway later this month, just like his brother Lewis Hamilton.
Mark Webber hoping for Lewis Hamilton rivalry
Mark Webber hoping for Lewis Hamilton rivalry

Australian Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber has revealed that he is hoping that Lewis Hamilton can recapture his old form and become a world championship rival once again. Lewis had quite a controversial season last year but Mark hopes that he has put that behind him and is ready to get back in the title hunt.

Webber explained, “He was involved in more incidents than he would have liked but he’s clearly gifted behind the wheel. It’s normal for a sportsman or woman to go through some headwinds in their career - particularly someone like him who had so much success so early, and he’s black, and he’s got interest, and he’s got a girlfriend of profile. This is of interest to a lot of people and it needs managing.”
 
He added, “Let’s hope he’s strong but not too strong. As a competitor you hope he can realise his potential but clearly we still want to beat him.” We have some tough rivals. Everyone is excited about the possibility Red Bull may get beaten - that’s what people probably would like. We are a straight up and down outfit.”
 
Mark continued, “Even when you have an Adrian Newey [their lauded design chief], there are so many ways you can find yourselves in a position to screw opportunities up and we haven’t done that. That’s what we need to keep doing.” The first race of the 2012 Formula One World Championship is set to take place in Melbourne, Australia on March 18.
Lewis Hamilton to leave McLaren?
Lewis Hamilton to leave McLaren?

It has been suggested that 27 year old McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton could leave the team at the end of the season, if he is not in a title challenging position this season. Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone claims that he can see both Lewis Hamilton becoming disillusioned at McLaren and the team becoming frustrated with Hamilton, if he fails to perform this season.

Ecclestone explained, “I think if he doesn’t perform this year he’ll be looking maybe to move on, and the team may also be looking for him to move on.” At the end of the coming season, there will be seats available at a number of teams, including Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton could see a move to a rival team too good to turn down.
 
He added, “I spoke to him [Hamilton] the other day and I think he’s a bit more focused but I don’t agree with the people he’s got surrounding him and so-called managing him. I think he doesn’t need that sort of management. It’s a people’s job. They don’t have to know about technical issues, someone who if you’ve a problem you can talk to the guy. His dad [Anthony] was good, wasn’t he? His dad was the right person.”
 
The first race 2012 Formula 1 World Championship is set to get underway in March, with the first race taking place in Melbourne, Australia. Practice will take place on Friday, March 16, with qualifying on Saturday, March 17 and the race taking place on Sunday, March 18.
Lewis Hamilton pleased with New 2012 McLaren during testing
Lewis Hamilton pleased with New 2012 McLaren during testing

27 year old former Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he has been very pleased with how the new 2012 McLaren has been handling during testing. The 2012 McLaren is the only car on the grid that has opted against going for the new stepped nose but Lewis does not seem to think that it has left them at any sort of disadvantage.

Hamilton explained, “The car behaves well in the high-speed corners. The baseline of our car is higher than last year, and it’s better overall at high speed. To have completed more than 1,000 kilometres in the past two days is incredibly encouraging. The whole team should feel proud. It’s been an extremely productive few days, and I think Jenson Button will continue to improve the car.”
 
He added, “Now I’m just looking forward to the final test [in Barcelona from March 1-4]. It’s where you get a really good feeling of where the car will be. It’s also exciting because it’s the last stop before the first race.” The first race of the 2012 Formula One World Championship will take place in Melbourne, Australia between March 16 and March 18.