Motor Racing: Hamo to play by the rules.LEWIS Hamilton Lewis Carl Hamilton (born January 7, 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire) is a British Formula One racing driver. Hamilton started karting aged eight. When he was ten, believes retaining his Formula One world title will be a tall order next season.
A raft of new regulations come into force for 2009 as the sport's rule-makers seek to improve the show.
The cars are due to start looking aerodynamically different, slick tyres are being reintroduced, while teams will have the option to use the new Kinetic Energy Recovery System.
In conjunction with the new costsaving measures, such as a ban on inseason testing, Hamilton fully appreciates how hard it will be to clinch back-to-back championships.
He said: "With the new regulations it is going to make it very tough to win the championship again.
"We have less testing, but as a team we are in a position to pull together and make a difference in some other way.
"Everyone is in the same boat, and we do not know who is going to be quick.
"Surely we are going to be at the front, with Ferrari maybe BMW BMW
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"Maybe there is going to be a fourth team up there with us."
Hamilton accepts the changes are presenting a different challenge to all at McLaren.
He added: "It is amazing a·maze
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"All we are thinking about is how we can continue in the sport, put on a good show to move forward and continue to win as a team."
Ferrari team president Luca di Montezemolo, meanwhile, has made it clear he would not swap Felipe Massa Felipe Massa (born April 25, 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver, currently employed by the Ferrari team. He is under contract to race for Ferrari until the end of the 2010 season. for Hamilton within his team.
Hamilton pipped Massa to the championship by a point at the end of a remarkable season.
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