Former F1 Champion is Set on Winning 2012 Title

March 27, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. streak (n.) – a series of wins or losses
Example I had a streak of bad luck today.

2. snag (v.) – to grab; to win, by quick action or luck
Example The lucky customer snagged a major prize in the lottery.

3. subpar (adj.) – below the normal level
Example: Lack of practice leads to subpar performance.

4. support system (n.) – a person or a group who provides help or encouragement
Example: My parents were my support system during the most difficult part of my career.

5. mindset (n.) – a way of thinking
Example: An athlete’s mindset during a game determines his victory.

Read the text below.

Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton is hoping to regain his former glory after a streak of losses from 2009 to 2011.

Hamilton, 27, snagged the F1 world championship title in 2008. He said that he spent the past few months thinking about his mistakes—and how he could make up for them.

The British racer attributed his subpar performance last year to the wrong combination of people in his management team. Hamilton was previously managed by his father, Anthony, but they ended their professional relationship in 2010.

Because of this, Hamilton and his racing team McLaren invited Didier Coton, a long-time friend of Hamilton, to join his management.  Coton is an experienced F1 manager, best known for being the former manager of two-time F1 champion Mika Hakkinen.

According to Hamilton, working with Coton should take him a step closer to his goal of winning the world title again. Hamilton also said that his new support system would help him focus and try to keep a positive mindset throughout this year’s Formula One races.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What sport do you consider as the most challenging? Please explain your answer.
·         Would you be willing to try a challenging sport like car racing? Why or why not?

Discussion B

·         What are the difficulties of working professionally with one’s family?
·         If you were an athlete, would you consider adding a family member to your management team? Why or why not?


March 27, 2012