The secret to Hamilton’s ‘prolific passing’? His left thigh

Earlier in the week, I suggested that the “Bernie smuggles immigrants into England” story would be the funniest one of the week.

My bad.

Today, there’s a story in the Daily Express on Lewis Hamilton’s ability to pass his competitors so routinely. It’s a riot, not because it is about Hamilton (I’m not a Lewis hater, but there’s not way to resist this story!) but just the “homer-ism” of the perspective and the reason it gives for his passing ability.

Without further adieu:

THE common complaint there is no overtaking in Formula One is ­undermined week after week by one thing – the sight of Lewis Hamilton ripping past another car.

To be exact, he has left 36 of them trailing in his wake in six races this season in the Vodafone McLaren flying machine, and on the wide expanses of the track in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday he could easily move into the forties.

Hamilton brakes later than most of the other drivers because he is able to apply so much force on the brake pedal. He weighs 67kg, yet can generate more than 100kg of pressure with his left foot.

The number of out-braking manoeuvres he has done in 2010 has demonstrated the effectiveness of his technique – 36 is significantly more than anyone else.


Lines through corners and braking points come naturally to Hamilton and he will only be reminded of them when he takes to the track on Friday morning for the first time.


“I can already visualise the lap in my head, but this information helps me to piece it together before I get there.” Then the overtaking begins.

And, yes, to be clear, those last four words are the reporter, not Hamilton.

I suppose he built those thighs up helping Nicole practice her dancing.

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