Hamilton Gets A New Trainer
McLaren have appointed Finland's Antti Vierula, as Lewis Hamilton new full-time trainer for the 2011 Championship. The 2008 World Champion has previously worked with the former athlete, Vierula last winter as he prepared for the 2010 season. However, Antti Vierula has now been given the role of the British driver's trainer for the 2011 season, replacing Clayton Green who has been promoted to a senior position within McLaren's Human High Performance programme at the team's technology centre in Woking. Vierula, who has worked at the renowned Kuortane Sports Institute in Finland and coached three athletes to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has already been putting Hamilton through his paces over the last few months in the mountains of Colorado, with a specially-tailored training plan for the British driver, which included snow-hiking, cross-country skiing and gym workouts. Lewis will continue to work closely with Vierula over the course of the coming season, co-ordinating his fitness programme and dietary needs, to ensure he’s in peak condition for his 2011 campaign. Speaking about the new appointment, McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale said: "At McLaren, we're committed to building a team with incredible strength in depth in every department. By appointing Antti to oversee Lewis' trackside fitness regime and Clayton to a senior position at the MTC we're convinced we've assembled the most experienced, capable and committed team to oversee Lewis' training requirements." McLaren team mate and 2009 World Champion Jenson Button has also been training hard over the winter months, part-taking in a triathlon in Australia and a duathlon in Guernsey, Button also headed to Hawaii for an extended training break, where a chance encounter led to him to go cycling with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.