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Hamilton opens up on poor 2011 season

The 2008 Champion had a rough last year. Although he collected three wins, several mishaps tainted his season.
Monday, March 12, 2012

LONDON, March 11, 2012 (AFP) - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton believes his disappointing fifth place finish in last season's Formula One drivers championship was in part due to over-indulgence off the track.

The 2008 world champion, in interviews in the British press on Sunday,  said: "Last year quite a lot of times I went out and enjoyed myself thinking that these things don't affect you but in actual fact they do, they have a
knock-on effect.

"It takes you two days to recover, you miss two days of training and your mind is somewhere else when you get to the race.

"It's the amount of travel you do, choosing the right time to travel, the right place at the right time, ahead of time. Going out to Australia and China early, to make sure I get there in plenty of time. Those kind of things.

"They are all sorts of things you can improve."

The 2012 F1 season gets underway in Melbourne next Sunday.

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Drivers
Teams
1 Lewis Hamilton 384
2 Nico Rosberg 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo 238
4 Valtteri Bottas 186
5 Sebastian Vettel 167
6 Fernando Alonso 159
1 Mercedes 701
2 Red Bull Racing 405
3 Williams F1 320
4 Ferrari 214
5 McLaren 187
6 Sahara Force India 152

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Felipe Massa
Williams F1
3
Valtteri Bottas
Williams F1
Fastest Lap

Daniel Ricciardo
1'44.496s

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Nico Rosberg

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