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Hamilton returns to Brands Hatch this weekend 29 Aug 2008

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Manor Motorsport. British Formula Three Championship, Brands Hatch, Kent, England, 27-28 September 2003. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, European Grand Prix, Race, Valencia, Spain, Sunday, 24 August 2008

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is set to thrill the crowds at Brands Hatch this weekend as he carries out Formula One demonstration laps with McLaren around the British venue’s short Indy circuit.

Hamilton’s visit to the Kent track, where he raced several times in his F3 and Formula Renault days, is part of the support programme for the German DTM touring car series, which is contested by McLaren engine partners Mercedes.

“I’m really looking forward to it, actually,” Hamilton told his official website. “I’m running my Formula One car around the Indy circuit, which should be pretty cool. Brands Hatch is amazing in a Formula Three car, it’s going to be unbelievable going through Paddock Hill Bend with 750bhp behind you!”

The demonstration forms part of a busy schedule for Hamilton, who will head to Brands Hatch from this week’s Formula One test session at Monza in Italy, before moving on to Belgium for next weekend’s Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

“It’s great fun to drive the car away from the race weekends, where everything is so pressurised and intense,” he added. “I did Goodwood and the Double 12 Festival earlier this summer, so this will be a nice way to round things off before really knuckling down until the end of the season.”

Hamilton’s name will not be the only one familiar to Formula One fans at Brands Hatch this weekend. Among the DTM field are McLaren tester Gary Paffett and several former Grand Prix stars, including Ralf Schumacher, Christijan Albers and Markus Winkelhock.