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Hamilton wants F1 to be more of ‘a man’s sport’

first_img“You should be physically exhausted after a race — to the point that it should be exhausting like a marathon,” he added.“If I had a choice, I would go back to V12s — naturally aspirated engines.“I would have a manual gearbox. I’d make it harder for the drivers, take away all these big run-off areas you have everywhere.Asked to reflect on themes mentioned during his appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix chat show, Hamilton spoke of his father Anthony, who guided his early career until 2010 when he sacked him as his manager.“This is nothing that’s not been spoken of before,” said Hamilton, who conceded their relationship had “not always been great” before adding it was “fantastic now.”“This year we had Christmas with the whole family for the first time – my sisters, my mum, my step-mum and brothers. I was just out partying with my dad for his birthday until the early hours of the morning.“My dad is the greatest man I know and definitely someone I aspire to be a lot like so I am pushing him in the gym. Health is everything.”Hamilton also talked about mental issues in his role as a sportsman, giving credit to a change in his diet for giving him a greater sense of well-being.“The older you get the more you understand the world and yourself. It was a big step for me to go to a plant-based diet and it has a very positive affect on me mentally and physically. I wish I had done it a lot earlier.”He said there were still humps along the way, but he had developed the “tools to handle and deal with them” and was now “in the best place I’ve ever been.”Asked about his legacy, he said he wanted to find a way to offer help for younger drivers to come through from similar backgrounds to himself – “a council estate in the UK” – and also to “shift the diversity” in the sport.“When we started out karting, my dad said it cost £20,000 ($25,000) in the first year and that was a huge amount of money for us. Now it is £200,000-£300,000 ($254,000-$381,000) in a year.“And the diversity here is minimal in this sport. I want to change that, with the FIA, and in the teams and the mechanics and in the media, too.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton have five Formula One titles to his name © AFP/File / Boris HORVATNONREAL, Canada, Jun 6 – Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday Formula One should be a much greater physical challenge for the drivers and they should be as tired as long-distance runners at the end of a Grand Prix.“I could do two or three races in a row and Formula One really shouldn’t be like that. It’s a man’s sport and a lot of youngsters come in. It’s quite easy for them to get straight into it,” he said in a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Canadian GP.last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal oysters are bought in ParisA DONEGAL man subjected to vile abuse online over an oyster farm business providing jobs for 21 local people says he just wants to live and work in the county – without having to emigrate.A large online campaign has taken place against the Linsfort beach oyster farm in Inishowen.Some people have left horrible messages on social media for Derek Diver and his staff, all ex-builders and ex-fishermen from Donegal. There have also been false claims about the type of oyster he is farming, including one that they may cross-breed with native oysters…..but the type being grown can’t pro-create.“We produce high grade oysters and they are exported straight to France. We are proud of a premium product,” said Mr Diver, who employs 17 full-time and four part-time staff across three sites in Inishowen.“There have been a lot of claims made about what we are doing at Linsfort and a lot of what is being said is nonsense.“We were granted the license to operate here and the rules are very strict. We adhere to all of them. “At the end of the day I’m 30, I’m married with three children and we’re trying to make a living.“It’s the same for our staff. We’re all trying to stay here and work here in an area where so many of our young people have left to find work overseas.”He says tourists have been visiting his sites wanting to learn more about the oyster beds – a common site on many beaches along Ireland’s west coast and in particular in Sligo, Mayo and Galway where it is a thriving industry.Some people involved in the campaign to have the oyster farm removed admit that linking the deaths of a seal and a dolphin to the cages there was a ‘massive mistake’.Said one local resident: “Both creatures had wounds but a seal isn’t going to swim eight times into a cage. And the dolphin was found three miles away and again its death has nothing to do with the oyster farm. “We should stick to the facts and fight this oyster farm on that alone.”The Government says the oyster farm business is legitimate and has met all its criteria.“The licence in question was approved by the Minister on 3rd September 2014,” said the spokesperson for the Department of the Marine.“The licence application was considered in the normal way by the Department under the provisions of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Foreshore Act 1933. The applicable legislation provides for statutory and public consultation on the specifics of the application. “A standard Public Notice giving notification of the application was published in the Donegal Democrat on 12th June 2014 and the application, including all relevant maps and drawings, was made available for inspection at Buncrana and Letterkenny Garda Stations for a period of 4 weeks from this date.“The Minister’s decision to approve the licence application was published in the Donegal Democrat on Thursday, 18th September 2014. As indicated in the Public Notice it was open to any member of the public to appeal the decision to the Aquaculture Licences Appeal Board (ALAB).”OYSTER FARMER: WE JUST WANT TO LIVE AND WORK IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalInishowenLinsfortoyster farmlast_img read more