Lewis Hamilton's 2009 Formula 1 Season
Lewis Hamilton demonstrated his driving consistency in last year's 2008 Formula 1 season and he took the Driver's Championship in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car with his pure determination to be number one on the track. In the final race of the 2008 season at the Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton pushed his F1 car in the final lap to secure a much needed title-winning fifth place when the odds looked like they were stacked against him to lose the championship. For the 2009 Formula 1 season, Hamilton comes back as the World Champion with the number '1' on his car and he is determined to win again. Hamilton also has the full support of his very technically capable Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, which is an enviable position for any driver to be in.
For the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, the 2009 F1 season brings significant changes to the FIA regulations governing an F1 car's design. The three significant FIA rule changes are KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems), aerodynamics improvements for high speed overtaking, and the re-introduction of slick tires for dry weather racing. Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, says, "In sporting terms, the 2009 Formula 1 season will be a highly interesting one, particularly because of the so far biggest technical challenges in contemporary Formula 1 history... We developed and built the new car (MP4-24) at most favourable conditions and it turned out to be strikingly elegant. Our colleagues in Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart did an excellent job. I am convinced that the rule changes combined with drastic cost reduction measures will improve the Formula 1 show - and that's great for the interested spectators"
Lewis Hamilton has said that he believes the Formula 1 2009 season is very open and because of the significant rule changes, the opening few races will give an idea of where each team stands in the development work they have done with the KERS and rear air foil design aerodynamics. He thinks the F1 fans will witness some spectacular racing this season due to the improved capability of F1 cars to overtake each other at higher speeds. The new KERS technology brings a 'green' element to F1 as braking energy is now being recovered and used again for racing. 2011 will see further advances in F1 FIA efficiency power engineering and it is expected that the sport will soon take the leadership position in technology development for automotive efficiency research and development, whilst providing ample power and breathtaking speed.
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