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GP Week : Issue 139
F1 NEWS >> ACCORDING to Anthony Hamilton, father and former manager of McLaren driver Lewis, fans of the Briton will see an all new man in 2012. While the 2008 world champion is one of the grid’s top talents, his 2011 season has left a lot to be desired, with more accidents, penalties, and retirements than befit a champion behind the wheel of a competitive car. But 2011’s errors will have no place in the 2012 season, Hamilton’s father said. “He’s turned a corner in everything he’s done, his lifestyle and his love of motorsport,” Anthony told BBC Sport. “You’ve not seen Lewis Hamilton yet, you’ve seen a young Lewis Hamilton. Now a new Lewis Hamilton is coming.” Speaking to the BBC about his son, Hamilton Sr. acknowledged that the seemingly endless onslaught of criticism from the tabloid media had begun to make its presence felt in the cockpit, affecting his son’s performances on track. “ There’s only so much [negative criticism] that one person can take,” added Hamilton’s father. Lewis is an extremely talented individual and I tell you what, most of us would not have been able to come back from what he has had to face this year. “I think in Korea, he showed just how much of a champion he is, not just as a racing driver but as an individual,” Hamilton Sr. added. “Let’s face it, he’s had a tough year, he’s faced a lot of criticism and yet still he comes back fighting and can produce [the] results that he did last week. He’s an incredible man and an inspiration to so many people.” Anthony hAmilton sAys ‘new’ lewis in 2012 15