F1 »

Hamilton intent on spoiling Ferrari`s homecoming.

Lewis Hamilton maintained his dominance of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship by ending the three-day pre-Belgian and Italian Grands Prix test at Monza atop the timing screens – sending out a warning to Ferrari that he clearly intends spoiling the Scuderia's party on home turf in a fortnight's time.

The Briton took over from McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Heikki Kovalainen for the final day, spending 97 laps continuing the Woking-based outfit's focus on the evaluation of mechanical and aerodynamic set-ups to close out proceedings just over four tenths clear of title rival Kimi Raikkonen – and encouraged for the forthcoming races.

The defending F1 World Champion, for his part, similarly concentrated on set-up work, covering 79 laps of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza before Luca Badoer conducts a final shakedown of the scarlet F2008s that will be taken to Spa-Francorchamps next weekend at Maranello's Fiorano test track on Tuesday.

“It was a good day,” Raikkonen underlined, “during which we looked to fine-tune the car for this track as well as trying a few new things. I would say we have done a good job, even if it is too early to say what the situation will be here during the race weekend. It was a pleasure to meet with President Montezemolo, who visited the track today.

“Now we have to try and do everything as well as possible to get back to winning again, starting with the race in Spa. The world championship? I will give it my best shot, and then we can count the points at the end.”

Home hero Giancarlo Fisichella was a popular third-quickest for the improving Force India, the experienced Italian covering a marathon 114 laps as he conducted set-up and wing level evaluations in a bid to optimise balance and braking over the kerbs, ahead of what will be his twelfth Italian Grand Prix. The VJM01 once again ran faultlessly, allowing the Roman to complete more than 600km and bring the Silverstone-based squad's total test mileage to more than 1,700km.

“Today we made some positive steps forward for the Italian Grand Prix,” the 35-year-old stated, “particularly with the balance and set-up. I could push, particularly in the afternoon, and the pace over the longer runs was also good.

“You never know what the other teams are doing with their own programmes, but I think the race will be very close between us and Honda. I think we've made good progress here.”

“A very positive end to the test,” agreed Force India chief race and test engineer Dominic Harlow, “with again good reliability. We've had a very productive week here, completing all of our programme and accumulating some useful information to prepare for the Italian Grand Prix.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-23, Valencia F1 Grand Prix, 22nd-24th, August 2008
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Schumi - Unregistered

August 30, 2008 4:06 PM

personally i think hamilton will stuff the ferraris this time at spa this is exactly why they developed the car the way thet have to compete with the ferrari's at circuits that they have always been strongest at. :D

silent runner - Unregistered

August 30, 2008 2:23 PM

so if he said he's no number 2, whats your beef. thats exactly why you , me and the other posters are all airchair experts, and he's in monza italy laying down some hot rubber yesterday, jetting around the world tomorrow, laying some seriously hot tottie and whilst he's at it looking to earn over 1billion dollars...i think you [ss] need some perspective mate.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.