I "stole" this from a user, "jjcale" from Planet F1 forum.
jjcale wrote:This is an excerpt from this month’s F1 Racing magazine. The article is by Bradley Lord. LH’s direct quotes are in bold.Its no surprise that Hamilton’s infectious enthusiasm is most apparent when he’s talking about what he knows and loves best: being a racing driver. And, to his mind, being the most complete racing driver out there.
The early part of the close season is an annual watershed within an F1 team, when fresh hope once more springs eternal. “It’s probably the most exciting part of the year for me” says Hamilton. “This year at least ...” he adds with a twinkle in his eye. “I go down to and look at the new car and I’m excited when I look at it.” But don’t all new cars look good in November? He laughs. “I don’t look at it and say, ‘That’s a world beater.’ I think ‘How can I make it better?’ and I literally try to work like an engineer.”
This level of involvement is rare; its one thing to have a driver who can give good feedback and who galvanises the team. But another entirely to have on who wants to get down to nitty-gritty of what the designers do. It’s a risk too...
“I spend a lot of time with my aerodynamicists, questioning them, and I’m sure they look at me and go, ‘He’s just a driver, what’s he talking about?’” smiles Lewis. “But I have a proven understanding of the engineering of my car. This year, I was responsible for one of the upgrades that brought us three points of downforce in Spa. We didn’t really perform that weekend, but it stayed on the carfor the rest of the year and it helped. It was something I forced and got put on the car, and it was better, and it was great. You know, I was going to put my signature on it...”
And regarding the 2010 car he says a few interesting this but this jumps off the page:
“I can get away with asking the questions because I am the driver. With some things they’ll say, ‘Actually, your right,’ and I’ve got to continue doing that. I really feel I’m having more input into my car than others are in their car in other teams.”
IMO If anyone believes this spin from Macca that the car is going to be neutral and not the Ham-mobile, they have another thing coming.
Also there was no mention of LH's new teammate in the interview... either it was done before or LH is continuing to "blank" JB in the press. See the Bild interview commented on by Crash.net and in another thread on here.
Never mind the poster's theory about the cars being skewed to Hamilton (so what? lol ). Is Hamilton trying to show that he has a technical side? even to the level of Rosberg (highest technical test score ever at Williams), Heidfeld, Barichello and Alonso?
It is interesting how the team obeyed his request to actually build and use a certain part design against their own intentions. I wonder what lead Hamilton to believe that part would give a performance boost...