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Hamilton hopes race simulator will virtually assure him of Austrian success

Hamilton preparing for Austria Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton will be training on a virtual simulator ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will have to learn quickly to get up to speed with Austria as it is a circuit he has never encountered before.

The Red Bull Ring circuit will host its first Grand Prix since 2003 next weekend.

Years and years and years ago, when I was 13 to 15, I drove it in a computer game, and I've obviously seen it on TV," said Hamilton.

"But once I get on the sim I'll learn it quickly. It shouldn't be a problem.

Mercedes driver Hamilton said the team will also be trying to work out what caused the problem in the Canadian GP last Sunday.

"I have a lot of training planned and I'll be in the simulator, and the team will be flat out trying to understand and fix for the next race the issue we had."

Lauda: Hamilton has accepted Monaco loss but situation still 'tricky'

Hamilton took second at Monaco Credit: Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM

Lewis Hamilton has accepted his defeat in last month's Monaco Grand Prix, says Niki Lauda.

The Mercedes F1 non-executive chairman says the relationship between Stevenage-born Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg remains 'tricky'.

The Bad blood between the pair followed an incident in qualifying where an apparent mistake by Rosberg led to yellow flags that thwarted Hamilton's bid to claim pole position.

Hamilton then tweeted on Friday he and Rosberg had spoken, claiming they were now "cool" and "still friends".

Lauda, speaking to Osterreich newspaper, said:"Lewis has now accepted Nico won in Monaco and he was second, which is really no shame," said the three-times champion.

"In Montreal we will get together again and discuss everything. After that the fight will go on for the world championships.

"But with two alphas currently sitting in the best car it is tricky, although given our superiority that in turn makes the races interesting.

"But we will let our drivers race against each other without restriction because whilst tension is quite normal, it can also escalate. Then I get involved as a mentor."

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Hamilton secures podium finish in Chinese Grand Prix

Hamilton started the race from pole Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton secured his second successive podium finish after coming third in the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver had started the race in pole position, but eventually lost out to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel finished fourth. Storming through the field from ninth. Team mate Mark Webber did not finish.

Mercedes launch new F1 car

Mercedes launch new F1 car Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes have launched their new formula one car at Jerez in Spain. It's the last of the three fomula one teams based in our region to reveal its new car. The Mercedes will be driven by Lewis Hamilton this season after he signed from McLaren.

Mercedes, based at Brackley, in Northamptonshire, had a disappointing season last year despite scoring their first win with Nico Rosberg, who will partnering Hamilton this season.

Schumey to retire from F1 (again)

Michael Schumacher to retire at end of the season Credit: PA

Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One for the second time at the end of the season.

The seven-time World Champion will leave the Northamptonshire-based Mercedes Petronas team at the end of the season.

Schumacher's seat at Mercedes will be taken by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in 2013.

He said: "I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever."

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Hamilton moves to Mercedes

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is leaving McLaren after 14 years to join Mercedes Credit: PA

Hertfordshire Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will join Mercedes from next season on a three-year contract.

The decision to leave McLaren after a 14-year association with the team has been described by one source close to Hamilton as "the toughest of his career".

The 27-year-old, who was born in Stevenage, replaces Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, with the 43-year-old seven-times champion now likely to retire from Formula One for a second time.

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Thousands watch Lewis Hamilton carry the Olympic Torch in Luton

Lewis Hamilton carries the Olympic Torch Credit: ITV Anglia

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has carried the Olympic flame as it passed through Luton this morning.

He was initially asked to carry the torch in his home town of Stevenage yesterday - but he was busy competing in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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