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A lap around Monza with Lewis Hamilton
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is looking forward to his maiden Formula One race here at the Monza circuit in Italy this coming weekend, the British rookie given an extra boost of confidence after last week’s testing session. Heading into round thirteen five points ahead in the drivers’ standings, Lewis is hoping to secure his fourth win of the season and here he describes just how he plans to do so…

"Monza is a great circuit. It is very hard to overtake here as, when following another car, you just lose a lot of downforce going into most of the corners. Despite having long straights you are just keeping up because you lose so much downforce. It’s a nice event, I had a fantastic race in GP2 last year and although it looks fairly straightforward because there are only a few corners it is, however, very complex.”

“Getting the right set up here is key. The car needs to be as low as possible to be able to maximize the speed on the straights without losing through the corners. Having a stable car under braking is crucial. It is very important to brake as late as possible into all the corners, but also to come off the brakes and run across all the curbs, like Turns One and Two. The two right-handers of the Lesmos are pretty famous and they are very quick”

“It is important to run a lot of speed through there, but it is fairly straightforward. Then you have the long straight down into Curva del Vialone, which is one of the hardest parts of the circuit. You brake and you use the curb going in to the left, but then you are flat out through the right hand part, then it swings into the left again and it’s just such a fast corner. It can be really hard to follow another car here.”

“Then you come to the last corner, Parabolica, which is such a key point as you’ve got such a long straight afterwards, the pit straight. You really have to make sure you maximize the speed when you go through there, so it’s not about braking late or braking too late to gain on entry, its about just having the right balance, just getting the speed right going in and carrying it on the exit."

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