Formula 1 to see 'new' Lewis Hamilton in 2012, says dad

By Lawrence BarrettoBBC Sport

Formula 1 can expect a new and improved Lewis Hamilton next season, his father Anthony has told BBC Sport.

McLaren's 2008 world champion has been involved in a series of incidents this year but showed glimpses of a return to form at Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

"He's turned a corner in everything he's done, his lifestyle and his love of motorsport," said Anthony.

"You've not seen Lewis Hamilton yet, you've seen a young Lewis Hamilton. Now a new Lewis Hamilton is coming."

Hamilton started the campaign with a second-place finish in Australia but came eighth in Malaysia in the next race following a collision with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

He won in China but was embroiled in controversy in Monaco, launching a furious attack on stewards after twice being penalised.

A coming together with team-mate Jenson Button led to Hamilton retiring from the Canadian Grand Prix, though Button went on to triumph.

His race in Belgium was ended by a collision with Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber, while he clashed with Ferrari's Felipe Massa in Singapore and Japan ahead of a second-place finish in Korea.

Throughout the season, Hamilton has been accused of driving too aggressively.

"There's only so much [negative criticism] that one person can take," added Hamilton's father.

"Lewis is an extremely talented individual and I tell you what, most of us would not have been able to come back from what he has had to face this year.

"I think in Korea, he showed just how much of a champion he is, not just as a racing driver but as an individual.

"Let's face it, he's had a tough year, he's faced a lot of criticism and yet still he comes back fighting and can produce results that he did last week.

"He's an incredible man and an inspiration to so many people."