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GP Week : Issue 13
F1 NEWS >> LEWIS Hamilton is aiming to repeat his Monaco success at this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the track on which he took his debut F1 pole position, which he then converted into his first F1 win in 2007. The Briton, who took the championship lead back from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen with his Monte Carlo win, is confident of a repeat performance. “We have good momentum right now and we are pushing to keep that going and to keep developing. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of my favourite tracks and following my debut win there last year it is a very special place for me and I hope that we will be quick there again this year. “It is renowned for its difficult track surfaces, particularly with tyre graining, and the walls. Despite being very fast, it can feel like a street circuit with the barriers very close, but it is good fun to drive at and I am looking forward to getting back there.” Hamilton admits he is excited about returning to the track on which he took his first F1 win, and following a race in Monaco in which he managed to win against numerous adversities, he believes he arrives in Canada as a more matured version of the young man who took victory last season. “Last year in Canada was one of the biggest accomplishments of my life, to take my maiden pole and victory in Formula 1 was incredible. It would be great to go back there and do the same, and that is what we are working hard to achieve. Since then I think I’ve matured a lot, I think I have grown stronger as a driver and have become closer to the team.” Has the pendulum swung Hamilton’s way? THE Honda Racing F1 Team has taken a further step on its ‘earthdreams’ program by achieving ISO14001 certification for its F1 headquarters in Brackley. ISO14001 is the international specification for an environmental management system (EMS), and Honda is the first F1 team to have been certified to have conformed to the internationally comparable audit standard. “Obtaining ISO14001 certification is not an easy thing for a Formula One team to achieve. However our earthdreams initiative is at the core of our team culture and it is important that we, like our project partners, strive to do our best to minimise our impact on the environment in the course of our business,” said HRF1 Team CEO Nick Fry. “It’s very pleasing that our efforts have been rewarded by the respected ISO standard and that we met its tough criteria at our first attempt. We are showing that running a business that is as highly-pressured as Formula One and doing the right thing are entirely complementary.” Fry confirmed that the next step for the team was to reduce its CO2 emissions. “Contrary to popular belief, the fuel that we use to race and test our cars forms around only one percent of our CO2 emissions footprint. The vast majority is from power use at our factory and air transportation of people and equipment around the world. This gives us some formidable challenges to reduce our consumption but we intend to see the same technology and ingenuity that we deploy on our F1 car to make a worthwhile contribution to reducing our CO2 emissions.” It’s not easy being green 10