Lewis Hamilton in Cars 2

…and the car is based on the McLaren MP4-12C, haha…

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Lewis Hamilton: “This [MP4-26] car is closer to the ’09 car in the sense of downforce. The ’09 was terrible because the car was hopping, three-wheeling through corners, it was locking up, and it had no downforce. This doesn’t lock up, it doesn’t three-wheel and it handles really nice, better than last year’s car, but it just doesn’t have as much downforce. Because the regulations have changed, it’s a similar downforce level to ’09. We have a little more, but it’s not far off, so it feels weak in that area. Hopefully we’ve got some more downforce coming onto the car before the first race.”

Hopefully we’ve got some more downforce coming onto the car before the first race.

HU: “Ez az [MP4-26] autó közelebb van a 2009-eshez a leszorítóerő tekintetében. A 2009-es autó szörnyű volt, ugrált, triciklizett a kanyarokban, blokkolt[a a kereket], és nem volt ‘semmi’ leszorítóereje. Ez az autó nem blokkol, nem triciklizik és nagyon szépen kezelhető, jobb, mint a tavalyi autó, csak nincs neki annyi leszorítóerője. Mivel a szabályok változtak, a leszorítóerő-szint hasonló 2009-éhez. Egy kicsit többel rendelkezünk, de nem sokkal, szóval ezen a területen gyengének érződik. Remélhetőleg jön az autóra a több leszorítóerő az első verseny előtt.” – Lewis Hamilton Continue reading

The new McLaren MP4-26!

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McLaunch: ‘Things are getting ready in Berlin…’

‘…for the reveal of the MP4-26. Excited? We can’t wait.’ – McLaren

http://mclaren.com/livefromberlin/

'Things are getting ready in Berlin...'

Here's our press conference room - ready and waiting for the world's press to arrive

Something appears to be happening near Potsdamer Platz, Berlin...

Lewis has arrived and is doing some signing, only one hour to go!

Pirelli premiere for Lewis Hamilton

McLaren MP4-26 news snippets – hírmorzsák

Lewis has reported some news snippets today about the 2011 McLaren, the MP4-26.

Hey everyone. Was at mclaren yesterday checkin out the new designs for MP4-26. Its looking pretty kool, lots of neat ideas and improvements.

I was on the simulator yesterday, first time driving the new car and I was happy. Kers and rear wing is trick but felt right at home with it.

These new tyres r ok, not too big a difference. Rears r weak tho, they degrade fast. Reason I didn’t do the test is the tyres will change.

Car will change and so it was best to let the test drivers get all the data needed for the sim and wind tunnel.

Our kers is the best. It shud deliver. No holiday yet, am working flat out today with appearances until mid dec. Pushing guys at MTC too.

Me n JB r both driving the new MP4-12C 2moro, sick car! The 12c is the new McLaren road car.

HU: ‘Hello mindenkinek! Tegnap a McLaren bázisán jártam és megnéztem az MP4-26 új terveit. Nagyon jól néz ki, rengeteg ügyes ötlet és fejlesztések. Tegnap a szimulátorban voltam, először vezettem az új autót és nagyon meg voltam vele elégedve. A KERS és az új [állítható] hátsó szárny trükkös, de egyből otthon éreztem magam velük. Az új abroncsok rendben vannak, nincs túl nagy különbség [a Bridgestonehoz képest]. A hátsók gyengék és gyorsan degradálódnak. Azért nem voltam a [Pirelli] teszten, mert az abroncsok még változni fognak. Az autó is változni fog, szóval az volt a legjobb, hogy a tesztpilóták adatot gyűjtsenek a szimulátor és a szélcsatorna számára. A mi KERS-ünk a legjobb. Jól kellene teljesítenie. Nincs még szabadság egyelőre, sokat dolgozok még megjelenésekkel egészen december közepéig. És hajtom a srácokat az MTC-ben is. Holnap mindketten, én és Jenson az új MP4-12C-t fogjuk vezetni, ‘állat’ egy autó! A 12C az új McLaren közúti autó.’

Yesterday’s picture / Egy tegnapi fotó:

Sammy Oram-Jones, winner of the Lewis Hamilton True Grit award meets Lewis Hamilton at the MTC – photo via Emma Stonier

4 years ago today

4 évvel ezelőtt ezen a napon…

24 Nov 2006 – McLaren finalise 2007 driver line-up

Abu Dhabi FP2: Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Webber

Hamilton bejelentkezett a futamgyőzelemért…

Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time of the second free practice session in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The McLaren driver raised hopes that he might be able to compete for victory on Sunday by outpacing both Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari.

The Yas Marina circuit was two seconds faster than in the day’s earlier session, with the times coming down as more rubber was laid on the track.

Alonso’s Ferrari had been quickest after most of the runners had completed their first long runs on the harder tyre, but Hamilton took the top spot as all the frontrunners improved on the softer compound.

Sebastian Vettel was second behind Alonso early on and improved on the soft tyre to finish second to Hamilton. Alonso ended the 90-minute session third, with Mark Webber fourth.

There were few changes in the final minutes as both Red Bull and Ferrari were lapping on heavy fuel loads at the end.

Robert Kubica was best of the non-title contenders in fifth for Renault, ahead of Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Vitaly Petrov (Renault), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Vitantonio Liuzzi (Force India).

Massa’s session ended early though, when his Ferrari stopped out on track with 22 minutes remaining, due to a reported fuel problem.

Aside from a few more cars sliding off the slippery surface, the only other incident of note was Jaime Alguersuari spinning, but coming to no harm, at Turn 19 with half an hour to run.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.888s
 2.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m41.145s  + 0.257s
 3.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m41.314s  + 0.426s
 4.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m41.315s  + 0.427s
 5.  Robert Kubica       Renault               1m41.576s  + 0.688s
 6.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m41.583s  + 0.695s
 7.  Vitaly Petrov       Renault               1m42.096s  + 1.208s
 8.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m42.132s  + 1.244s
 9.  Tonio Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes  1m42.203s  + 1.315s
10.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m42.222s  + 1.334s
11.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m42.246s  + 1.358s
12.  Nico Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1m42.449s  + 1.561s
13.  Adrian Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  1m42.535s  + 1.647s
14.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.768s  + 1.880s
15.  Rubens Barrichello  Williams-Cosworth     1m42.914s  + 2.026s
16.  Nick Heidfeld       Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.950s  + 2.062s
17.  Jaime Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m43.128s  + 2.240s
18.  Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m43.584s  + 2.696s
19.  Heikki Kovalainen   Lotus-Cosworth        1m45.180s  + 4.292s
20.  Timo Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1m45.259s  + 4.371s
21.  Jarno Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth        1m45.612s  + 4.724s
22.  Lucas di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth       1m46.053s  + 5.165s
23.  Christian Klien     Hispania-Cosworth     1m47.210s  + 6.322s
24.  Bruno Senna         Hispania-Cosworth     1m47.434s  + 6.546s