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Hamilton wary of heat in Malaysia

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Lewis Hamilton says the tropical conditions at the Malaysian Grand Prix make it the toughest race of the year.

The Englishman, who won the first F1 race of the season in Australia last weekend, expects the humidity at Sepang to test all the drivers on Sunday.

"It was the hardest race I have ever competed in last season," Hamilton said. "You cannot begin to imagine how hot it gets in the car.

"The climate plays a major role in making it very tricky for all of us."

Hamilton finished second behind Fernando Alonso in Malaysia last season - how do you think he will fare on Sunday?

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posted Mar 20, 2008

possibility of rain, high temperatures and high humidity .... all they need is some ice on the track now.

i don't know how they do it, doing anything strenuous in a hot place is so draining. good luck to them all .... and go go go lewis

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posted Mar 20, 2008

It will affect him about as much as it affects everyone else. Lewis Hamilton does not live in his very own micro-climate, unhindered by the interaction of the rest of the universe.

Although reading and listening to the way he is revered in the media, you would be pushed to think so.

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posted Mar 20, 2008

Tipland, you clearly didn't read my comment or watch the post race interview.

Like I said, Hamilton was cool and not sweating, Heidfeld was guzzling, and Rosberg was practically panting with a bright red race.

Fact, visible on television, not media hype-fiction.

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comment by PiSeHa (U9770120)

posted Mar 20, 2008

May be if Heidfeld shaved and had short hair like LH, his situation would slightly be better, same goes for NR.
In hot climates, any extra hair can be reason for sweating. Except walking in the direct sun without head cover, than a guy with hair has advantage above a bald guy.
Speaking form experience, living in the tropics.

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posted Mar 20, 2008

Weather forecast for Sepang for Sat and Sun reads as " Scattered Thunderstorms with High: 88 deg. Fah and Low: 74 deg.Fah. No report yet on humidity for Sun. If anything, humidity can be expected to be around 89% considering that's the reading for humidity on Friday. Hamilton was quoted to be expecting Msian humidity to be 60%!! It appears that he may have to contend with more stuffiness along with the heat but the rain may help with downing the heat with a lush tropical spray and play down the stuffiness.Helter-skelter screeches and crashes may be expected. Sunday is going to be one hell of a race-day. Have fun folks.

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comment by Ryan86 (U1292790)

posted Mar 20, 2008

On a sidenote, I hope the link from the BBC website "How will the heat effect Lewis Hamilton?" is not a sign of the coverage that the BBC will be giving us from 2009 onwards.

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posted Mar 20, 2008

I think Ferarri should be wary of the heat.

Am I correct in thinking that no Ferarri engined car finished the race in Australia?
So much for their reliability, while both McLaren cars finished.

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posted Mar 21, 2008

True BUT only 2 of the failures were engine related.

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posted Mar 21, 2008

I grew up in Malaysia and spent most of my childhood playing in 30C weather and very high humidity; I had no problems whatsoever. But every time I come back to London and I go jogging, my whole body starts to cramp up - I'm not used to this cold and dry weather!

So when I see all these drivers moaning about the heat, I don't quite understand it. I guess it's about what you're used to.

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