In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he’s never driven a perfect lap in Formula One.
What they’re saying
During one of his pre-season media briefings RaceFans quizzed Hamilton on whether he felt he’d ever driven a ‘perfect’ lap. The four-times world champion’s answer began with a simple “no”, and he went on to give a fascinating insight why, in his view, “you’re never going to get perfect” in F1:
There’s nothing above Formula One. There’s no other class that’s better than this. If I was to perfect it would really suck and I’d have to stop.
But the great thing is you’re always challenged, the car is always evolving through the year. We pack on a couple of seconds in development through the year. Different weather, different weekends, different emotions, good days, bad days, right side of the bed, wrong side of the bed, all these different things are going on.
You’ll never do a corner perfect. There’s not one corner in a pole lap that you’ve done prefect. You can always do it better. You look in the data and it’s like ‘damn, if I’d braked a little bit earlier, picked up my minimum speed, on the power earlier, I would have been ahead.’
But I strive to find that perfect lap, pole laps particularly those are the ones I’ve tried to get close. And it’s a great feeling when you get close. But then you get frustrated when you find out you could have been better.
The 2018 F1 season on RaceFans
We are more than usually excited for the beginning of the new Formula One season at RaceFans as this year for the first time we will have our own journalist on-site at almost every round of the championship.
Why not the full season? It’s solely a question of costs: The air fare and hotel fees alone involved in covering a globe-trotting 21-round world championship (plus tests) are huge, and there are furthers costs on top of this we have to cover. This means we have to take difficult decisions about which races we can and can’t attend. Unfortunately the latter applies to this weekend’s race, as allocating a budget to cover this one round would force us to miss multiple grands prix later in the year.
Of course we will still bring you news and pictures directly from the paddock and we intend to provide more and better coverage than ever before. Naturally, our future goal is to grow to the extent that we don’t have to make these kind of tough decisions any more. And as more of you are reading, sharing links to and supporting RaceFans than ever before I’m confident we’ll get there soon.
Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
— Australian Grand Prix #AusGP (@ausgrandprix) March 18, 2018
- Find more official F1 accounts to follow in the F1 Twitter Directory
From the forum
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On this day in F1
- Keke Rosberg won the non-championship BRDC International Trophy in a Theodore on this day in 1978 in very wet conditions. Emerson Fittipaldi was second for Copersucar.