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If Formula 1 in 2014 is a battle of the taxi drivers, as Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo called it this morning, then it could catch on.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave an exemplary display of close racing today to have a race-long battle in the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Hamilton claiming victory at the Sakhir circuit following an enthralling race, in which Sergio Perez completed the podium. He now has two victories to Rosberg’s one, but the German still leads the world championship.

It is the 24th victory of Hamilton’s career, equalling the tally of Juan Manuel Fangio, and gives Mercedes their second one-two in succession.

“It’s a long time since I had a race like that,” said Hamilton. “My weekend started off well but I didn’t really have great pace for qualifying and the race. I knew that I needed a good start and to go into the first corner in the lead was crucial to my race this evening.

“From there, it was such a battle. Nico drove fantastically well and, in all honesty, he had the pace on me today but I managed to hold on.”

Bahrain under lights produced a fascinating race, not just between the Mercedes drivers, but among team mates at Williams and Force India, and between Red Bulls and Ferraris too. There were DRS overtakes but many non-DRS overtakes too in a thrilling 57 laps.

The battles throughout the field culminated in a ten-lap sprint to the finish following a late Safety Car period following a spectacular roll for Esteban Gutierrez.

With Hamilton snatching the lead from Rosberg at the start line, the Briton established a one second lead as the pair disappeared from the following cars. As the first phase of pit stops approached Rosberg decided to attack and on laps 18 and 19 the pair staged a furious fight, with Hamilton on the limit to retain his lead.

A late braking manoeuvre in to turn one saw Rosberg momentarily take first place, only for his team-mate to switch back on the inside and regain the lead.

A lap later and Rosberg attempted the same move, holding the inside line as both cars locked up in the heavy braking zone. The German was more successful this time around, holding the lead on the run up to turn four as Hamilton switched sides behind.

The two raced wheel to wheel through the downhill chicane complex with Hamilton once again taking back the lead of the race, before pitting at the end of the lap for a second set of soft tyres with Rosberg staying out a further two laps before a switch to the medium compound tyre.

Mercedes were able to complete the race on two stops, with each driver opting for a different strategy. Rosberg went for the medium tyre in order to have a crack at Hamilton at the end on the faster soft tyre at a time when Hamilton would be on the medium. Then luck swing dramatically Rosberg’s way with the Safety Car, which cut Hamilton’s 10 second lead and seemed to turn the race in Rosberg’s favour as the two cars pitted line astern, Hamilton for mediums and Rosberg for softs.

At the restart, Rosberg attacked, knowing that he had to take advantage of the soft tyre’s 6/10ths of a second performance advantage straight away. Twice he made his way up the inside in to Schumacher corner, Turn One, only for Hamilton to once again switch back and hold position.

It was a remarkable display by Hamilton, who managed to hold off his team mate, despite having clearly the slower tyre.

After chasing each other around, Rosberg’s soft tyres began to overheat and he dropped back and followed his team-mate home to increase Mercedes’ lead in the Constructors’ Championship, with Force India on 44 points the closest to Mercedes’ 111.

Behind, the battle for third swung in numerous directions as Valterri Bottas lost the initiative at the start. Felipe Massa held the final podium spot in the opening phase of the race due to a brilliant start from seventh to third by the first corner.

He opted to pit two laps later than team-mate Valtteri Bottas, the Finn taking third place through use of the under-cut as the pair sat ahead of the Force India duo.

With two-stopping Perez and Nico Hulkenberg showing stronger pace as the race wore on, they were able to hold third and fourth position prior to the Safety Car, which could have wrecked their race when it came about as Pastor Maldonado exited the pits, tagging the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez in the exit of turn one and flipping the Mexican in to a barrel roll.

At the restart, the closely bunched field gave Red Bull drivers on the faster soft the chance to move up after a quiet race at the tail end of the points positions.

Sebastian Vettel led his young team-mate, before the Australian made use of the DRS-zone to move past the world champion in to turn one.

We were in unfamiliar territory with Red Bull in this race; first the team instructed Vettel to let his team mate through in the first stint as he was on the faster tyre at the time, then in the final stint Ricciardo showed himself as the faster of the two as he passed the world champion and set about chasing the Force india duo, taking fourth from Hulkenberg before quickly hunting down Perez, eventually ending the race less than a second behind and taking his first points for Red Bull with a good drive from thirteenth place on the grid.

It was his first points finish of 2014 and nothing less than he deserved after a sensational start to his Red Bull career.

Vettel was unable to take fifth place from Hulkenberg, the two countrymen completing the top six.

After running third and fourth earlier in the race, the Williams pair eventually came home in seventh and eighth with Massa getting the better of Bottas.
They headed the Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, who completed the top ten.

Hamilton has the trophy tonight and Rosberg is gutted to have lost to his old friend, especially after the safety car seemed to have given him an open goal.

But, if it’s not too much of a cliché, Formula 1 was the winner in this race. Against a backdrop of carping and criticism about it being “Formula Boredom” it was one of the most exciting races for a generation.

And with Rosberg and Hamilton in this kind of mood and no team orders from Mercedes, there is much to look forward to in the coming races.

Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Race, 57 Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h38m42.743
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes +1.085s
3. Sergio Perez Force India +24.067s
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +24.489s
5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India +28.654s
6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +29.879s
7. Felipe Massa Williams +31.200s
8. Valtteri Bottas Williams +31.800s
9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +32.500s
10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +33.400s
11. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso +41.300s
12. Romain Grosjean Lotus +43.100s
13. Max Chilton Marussia +59.900s
14. Pastor Maldonado Lotus +1m02.800s
15. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham +1m27.900s
16. Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap
17. Jenson Button McLaren +2 laps

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  1. dzolve says:

    Wow, what a fantastic race!

    But I do feel like I’ve been cheated these past few years by Red Bull and their conniving team orders – To see Mercedes battling it out at the front shows what we’ve been missing! Who cares if they’re miles ahead when they race like this.

    By the way, congrats to Ricardo for putting Vettel in his place!

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    1. Michael says:

      Yes, he did. Just think what he would’ve done without the 10 place grid penalty. I also want to know does Redbull still think they’re catching up to Mercedes? I think not. Mercedes are not showing there hand. I believe they have a lot of pace in hand. After the Safety car they still beat the field by 24 seconds. The rest of the grid have a long way to go.

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      1. dufus says:

        +1

        The nature of RIC and VET is interesting.
        RIC on VETs rear, “we need to do something about this”.
        VET on WEBs rear, “get him out of the way”.

        If RIC does beat VET this season and this is still a big if, VET will have nightmares about that big white smile. Much like the rest of us with that finger :)

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      2. Grant says:

        I’m amazed by RIC performance against VET as well.

        Looks like this guy may have been very underrated whilst at TR.

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      3. Just a bloke says:

        +1

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      4. Beachbum says:

        Agreed. Not only what he said, but also thw way he said it that impressed me.

        Calm, authoritative. diplomatic. In complete contrast to the rantings of Mr one finger.

        Looks like we’ve got another top bloke from down under!

        Not a Red Bull fan, far from it, and not an Aussie. But like Mark Webber before him, Danny Boy gets my support from now on.

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    2. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      +1.000

      Without cheat mode (in one car only), things are A LOT harder, huh???

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    3. Quade says:

      Oh yes! Thank goodness the Pirelli WWE nonsense has been removed from the sport. We got real racing up and down the field.

      I was on the edge of my seat through out! That is easily the best F1 race I have ever witnessed. Brilliant!

      Lewis has shown once again that he has more in the toolbox than Nico, 10 times he overtook Nico and 10 times, he made it stick. 9 times Nico attempted to pass Lewis and 9 times, he failed.

      As for Vettel, it just seems to be whinge season. Not much more to add there. It could turn out that Bernie’s unimaginative, artificial “spice it up” nonsense only gave us tainted championships in the last few years.

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    4. Michael says:

      This race might shake Rosberg’s confidence. He was on the option tire and still lost. This will definitely give him something to think about. I think I heard a radio transmission by Redbull that said “Sebastian, Daniel is faster than u get can u get out the way” lol

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      1. Elie says:

        +1 oh the joy!

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      2. kenneth chapman says:

        like you elie, a joy to behold.

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      3. Roberto says:

        Oh, I think Rosberg’s confidence is just fine. Late in the race, their boss instructed both drivers not to crash into one another. Rosberg took that to mean, “OK, I’ll make sure not to so something stupid and hit my teammate”. But Hamilton took it to mean” OK, the responsibility to avoid a crash lies entirely with Rosberg no matter what I do including running him off the track. I can do anything I want and Rosberg will have to back off and give me room.”

        I think Rosberg knows he could have beaten Hamilton had Hammy heeded the team instructions and shown the same respect for the team, the team orders, and his fellow teammate that Rosberg did. I suspect things may be different next time. Rosberg is no Massa.

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      4. Michael says:

        Without the safety car and the different tire strategy he wouldn’t have come close. Hamilton had a 10 second gap before the safety car. This race was practically over.

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      5. Josh says:

        Yep. I thought the same thing. I prefer Hamilton and he is a nice guy but Rosberg went up a level in terms of respectability after this race and also Malaysia 2013. I think when Button retires and if he stays true to his personality and morals in his battles with Lewis this season he will be the most respected driver on the grid. Lets just hope they both battle it out fairly for the WC.

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      6. Aaron says:

        It seems highly likely one of the two Mercedes drivers is going to end up as world champion. They both know it, which is why I think we can see them racing so hard. We never saw how far Rosberg was willing to push Hamilton. I’ll reserve judgement until we’ve seen Hamilton coming from behind and trying to overtake Rosberg.

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      7. Bring back V12's !!! says:

        @Roberto – I take it you are one of those people who just despise Lewis no matter what he does? You can’t even congratulate him on a stunning defensive performance/win? Reminded me a little of that footage of Ayrton holding off Mansel in the Monaco GP many years ago. Lewis is a fantastic race driver but some people will just choose to discredit him no matter the circumstances.

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      8. Big Al says:

        Are you mental? That was clean and fair racing to the end and only the most blinkered person couldn’t see that.

        Cheesy as it is to say Formula 1 is the winner with this one, The fans are winners and what a showcase for the new formula. I love the fact that Mercedes when they pushed each other actually showed the rest of the field what they could really do, and I still think they have some in hand as well….about time RB dominance was questioned, they will catch up but a hungry RB means good battles to come.

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      9. Wheels says:

        Can’t disagree with you more! Firstly, neither driver ever touched the other….

        Secondly, it all depends where both battling cars are placed on the track. If the nose of one car is well positioned, alongside, and down the inside, in a corner’s braking zone, the car outside has to give room, even if the driver arrived in said area, first! That is known as being out-braked…

        Don’t give room and turn-in–you have Bianchi/Sutil’sw accident.

        Lewis never closed the door on Nico in corner braking. He simply moved wide left, and took advantage of Rosberg’s deep corner entry. This allowed Hamilton to slip behind his Teammate and gain better traction, a much quicker exit and line to set up the next sequence of corners.

        Meanwhile, any attempt to pass a car on the outside is done at a driver’s own risk if the inside car has the proper race line and corner exit…. That’s how it works! Lewis never put Nico off into the dirt. Once Nico had to move over onto the corner exit tarmac run-off because Lewis had the proper inside corner exit line. But is not the same as putting another driver into the weeds!

        In the end, neither driver complained about their Teammate’s tactics–and rightly so! Earlier, Rosberg’s made a comment over the radio about Lewis’ first move after Nico began his attack for the race lead.

        However, from my view, that complaint was due to shock at how quickly Hamilton fought back, just a reaction, from Nico, really. No doubt, seconds afterwards Rosberg realized that Lewis wasn’t going to surrender victory, by any amount, easily. Following that, Nico got down to business and put up a great fight, in his own right!

        What those two super competitors did was, simply, to inject much needed excitement into the new F1 season and formula by carrying on their old Karting rivalry, from the distant past, with 800+ horsepower at their disposal. Superb wheel to wheel racing–the best in decades!

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      10. Dan says:

        I kind of agree that Hamilton was quite aggressive with Rosberg, running him to the outside of the track on several occasions. However, this used to be what we called racing before this era of complaining to Charlie every time a driver is passed outside of a DRS zone.

        I think it was great defensive racing from Hamilton and Rosberg might just be kicking himself that he didn’t get past.

        I’d speculate that if it had’ve been Vettel or Alonso (or Hamilton for that matter) in the trailing Mercedes, they would have made a move stick and won the GP.

        Rosberg should have plenty of opportunities to show that he does have the killer instinct this season, but the opening exchanges have undoubtedly gone in Hamilton’s favour.

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      11. VasEline says:

        Brownie points dont count towards a world championship. Vettel was ruthless, ‘even all smiles’ Jenson Button was ruthless to his team mate when he took the crown. Rosberg needs to be more ruthless on track. F1 isnt kind to on track nice guys, with at least 0.3s/lap advantage and an ambiguous team order you’re saying he chose to respectfully give up 7 points? In for a penny, in for a pound.

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      12. PopsTwitTar says:

        VasEline said it – Rosberg needs to be tougher if he wants to win. Hamilton will drive a guy off the track if he has too to get his position. He’ll play chicken longer, because he believes that the other guy will yield. Rosberg did it over and over again yesterday…2 wide in the corner…and Rosberg was the one backed off. Neither guy might yield, and there might be a collision. But until Rosberg proves to Hamilton that he is willing to risk that for a position, he wont the races on track. He would have to hope for better luck to win the races (and championship).

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    5. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      The song says>

      Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
      Because I’m HAMMY!!!

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      1. Sebee says:

        Wonder who will be DOTD second week in a row. Ali G “Hamilton Army in Da House. Big up yourself.”

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      2. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        Dad Anthony Hamilton should be proud.

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      3. Dazzler says:

        Stick to the racing Sebee

        Stereotyping is poor form from you.

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      4. Rem says:

        We should remember one thing, if Hamiltons car had not broken down in the first race, he would have won all three races and be way ahead of everyone else including Rosberg.

        Lets hope Hamilton doesn’t suffer any mor “reliability ” issues”.

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      5. Grant says:

        Clap along if you feel like Hammyness is the TRUTH……. 😀

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    6. aveli says:

      it’s not redbull’s fault. their drivers just weren’t as good as the mercedes drivers.
      both the mercedes drivers are gp2 rookie champions. the only other gp2 rookie champion is hulkinberg but he is not in the same league as the mercedes duo.
      now those who don’t understand why hamilton is the best f1 driver to have stepped foot in the sport will begin to understand as the evidence unfolds.

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      1. Wayne says:

        I happen to agree that HAM/ALO are the best drivers in F1 by a margin but…. It does not matter who you put in that rbr right now they would not catch the merc, the engine just isn’t up to it. Personally I reckon RBR have done a great job with the car but they cannot compensate for the stunning job merc has done with the engine.

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      2. BoogWar says:

        Merc has other customers with the same engine. I think there is a bit more to the W05 than just superior power. 24 seconds in 10 laps? TWO POINT FOUR SECONDS PER LAP? Jeezalou!

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      3. Ash says:

        We’ll said BoogWar….

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      4. Tom says:

        Great race, very enjoyable but I’m a little concerned about the huge gap between Merc and the other teams. Doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season for those of us who enjoy close competition. Merc are enjoying a far bigger advantage then Red Bull ever did and it will be a major embarrassment for Hamilton if he doesn’t take this Championship with only Rosberg in his way.

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      5. aveli says:

        are you sure about that? red bull won for 4 years and their champion driver won 9 races in a row last year, 13 in total on a single season. mercedes has only won 3 races between their drivers. let them win for 4 years before we start complaining.
        with their speed advantage, they have given us more entertainment in a single race than redbull ever did I their 4 dominant years.
        ferrari and renault engineers fell asleep when they were asked to design the new engines. mercedes put the air compressor of their turbo as far away from the exhaust manifold and as close to the inlet manifold as possible. a simple idea. am not an engineer but I remember posting this idea on the old bbc forum and anti hamilton fans posted their usual rubbish.

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      6. grat says:

        Look at it this way… You get two races… one up front between the two Ferrari… er.. Mercedes drivers, and then the battle for the rest of the field.

        Actually, the rest of the field appears pretty close to each other, Mercedes engine or not. Ferrari is lamenting their pace, and it’s obvious their car has a problem, but they’re not very far behind Red Bull, who isn’t that far behind the Mercedes powered cars.

        At the moment, the silver arrows are where the Brawn GP01 was– about a full year ahead on the development curve.

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      7. Ash says:

        “they have given us more entertainment in a single race than redbull ever did In their 4 dominant years”

        Such a justified statement Aveli….Merc have earnt so much respect from the F1 fans for allowing both guys to race, providing such a beautiful racing spectacle for the true racers out there.

        Wonder if Ross Brawn would of approved of this policy?

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      8. bob says:

        Really? You are kidding right?

        Button drives a dominant car for 6-7 races and gets nothing but flak about winning his WDC in a dominant car.

        Vettel wins most of his 4 WDC’s in a dominant car and he get’s a lot of stick about it.

        Hamilton is now driving THE MOST DOMINANT car in recent memory (we’re talking MP4/4 dominance here) and you proclaim that it proves he’s the best ever?

        MY GOD!

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      9. john3voltas says:

        Couldn’t agree more, bob.
        Not a huge fan of Hamilton but still I consider him in my top 3 and it has always been a joy to see him racing (except for the silly “Cranes ‘R’ us” season).
        But I haven’t been enjoying him this season.
        For instance, today for at least 3 occasions he didn’t leave enough track space for his team mate, forcing him off track (opposite to the regulations!).
        And he’s been acting strange on press conferences. As if they changed his brain.
        Kinda weird but this seems a different Hamilton but for worst :(

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      10. Tom says:

        Wow, a rare voice of reason on this site :)

        Well said Sir.

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      11. Anil Parmar says:

        You did watch his battle with Nico, right? It was fantastic racing. No one doubts vettel and his talent but I think we can all admit he had it pretty easy over the years.

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      12. Ab says:

        Its the racing betwen the Mercedes that hes wining so far is the *point* – maybe you missed that bit.. to hold off a faster car for 10 laps with race thinking up to that of the greats shows something special.

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      13. Quercus says:

        No, it was nothing to do with driving the most dominant car, it was the way Lewis held onto that lead against Nico when Nico was on the softer tyre. Those two have raced against each other for more than half their lives and they know each other’s every move. When Hamilton is overtaken it’s like he moves up a gear.

        One of the best races I’ve ever seen. What a battle! What a season!

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      14. aveli says:

        the evidence is overwhelming! you can cry all you like but hamilton is the best f1 driver ever to step foot in the sport. you better start appreciating it because you may never see another driver as good in your life time.

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      15. j says:

        There is a small difference. Look at their teammates.

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      16. L.B says:

        Button and Vettel had no real challenge from their team mates.

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      17. grat says:

        Button got flack for not being able to defend the second half of the season– it was apparent that once his car was no longer the absolute fastest, he had difficulty winning. In contrast, Hamilton won two races with the MP4-24, which was a dog of a car.

        My problem with Vettel is that he constantly made rookie mistakes on his way to at least two of those titles. To be fair, last year he drove much better than he had previously, but hasn’t (yet) shown the kind of racecraft that Lewis Hamilton displayed in Bahrain from laps 52-57.

        Hamilton was consistently one move ahead of Rosberg– Any time Rosberg was about to overtake, Hamilton would take the line that would allow a re-overtake.

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      18. Lucas says:

        At least it is “MP4/4” dominance also in the sense that there are two great drivers free to fight. It could be worse – something like 2002 or 2004. I’d rather have a repeat of 88 then a dominant team with a strict #1/#2 hierarchy any day of the week. If Red Bull gets a lot of flak at the moment, it’s their own fault. Webber was doing better than Vettel in 2010 and then they decided to “put him on his place”. If they let them fight on equal terms, they could have lost that WDC to Alonso, they could see Webber get the title, but in any case they would be still be considered a “cool” team, which is the image they had when they entered the sport. Mark my words, if Mercedes let the drivers fight as they did today, there’s no way people will hate them as they now hate Red Bull even if they are this dominant the whole season.

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      19. NJ says:

        What was great is the PAIR of them. ROS and HAM. Their knowledge of each other’s styles, placing, and where they will fight each other.

        It’s the same thing MSC and HAK had.

        The PAIR of them will make the races great.

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      20. Jon_C says:

        Relax Bob, take a chill pill. Just enjoy the racing for what it is at the moment and dont get caught up in the whole ‘best driver ever’ argument because its getting a little old now.

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      21. Richard says:

        What proves Hamilton is one of the best drivers ever is what he did to Rosberg. Supreme driving ability!

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      22. Bob says:

        A few things…

        First of all, it was a great race and a great drive by Hamilton – no doubt. But as far as I’m concerned his win was more to do with Rosberg’s poor race craft than Hamilton’s amazing driving.

        I mean c’mon! He tried to go around the outside of turn 4 FOUR times! I can’t help but think that any of the other top drivers would have got Hamilton.

        Second of all, @j and @L.B – really? Button and Vettel had no challenge from their team mate?

        Barrichello – 11 wins, 68 podiums, 14 pole positions and 17 fastest laps

        Webber – 9 wins, 42 podiums, 13 pole positions and 19 fastest laps

        Rosberg – 4 wins, 14 podiums, 5 pole positions and 6 fastest laps.

        So to make Hamilton look better, you declare that of the above drivers, Rosberg is the biggest challenge and the other two were easy? Give me a break!

        @grat

        It was hard for Brawn to challenge at the back half of the season cause they had no budget.

        Second of all, the MP4/24 that Hamilton won in was NOT a dog of a car. The one he was driving for the first half of the season was, hence his results in the races preceding his win, but the one he won in was a new car altogether.

        Are you honestly going to tell me that the car he drove to 12th, 13th, 16th, 18th in rounds 6, 7, 8 & 9 was really the same car he won in during round 10? I guess his amazing brilliance just went missing for the first 9 races of the season.

        I really wish Hamilton fans could have some sort of balanced view for a change!

        The CONSTANT belittlement of his rivals and the constant bigging up of Hamilton regardless of how good or bad he does is really getting tiresome.

        Hamilton is a great driver, no doubt, but he isn’t a great as you all make him out to be and his rivals aren’t as bad as you make them out to be.

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      23. Andrew says:

        “aveli Reply:
        April 6th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

        the evidence is overwhelming!”

        Can you please present some? He is very good, one of the best but greatest of all time?

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      24. Big Al says:

        First of all chill. Second of all, JB and SV have had a number of questions pointed at them for their ability to perform when they haven’t got A) the right car, or B) the right setup.

        Can you tell me a race where Lewis hasn’t put the car a place or 3 further than it should be? He has had his ups and downs, but what you are seeing is what people have been talking about for years, if you take Vettel out of the dominant car he gets lost in the pack, you take JB out of the dominant car he is a good driver but puts the car exactly where it deserves to be.

        You put Hamilton in a dominant car with a great team mate who is quicker, on better tyres and with no fuel saving he puts the car past the chequered flag 1st.

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      25. kieran says:

        Are you kidding ME? Hamilton has proven himself by beating two world champions as teammates and shown us supreme overtaking and defending skills throughout his career. Haven’t any of you noticed anything different between this year the past three? Now that the tyres are durable again Lewis can show his full potential – the tyres were holding him back after all and helped bunch up the grid. Peoples judgement on drivers has been clouded by schizophrenic tyres and warped the grid up. Thankfully the drivers have more control over the races now and we’re seeing the true colours of some.

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      26. Beachbum says:

        Nailed it right there. Only fanboys get a kick out of seeing their “hero” winning in a dominant car.

        One team having an huge advantage has never been good for F1, whoever you support.

        We saw a fantastic race yesterday with great drives from many drivers, but let’s face it, we watched 2 races yesterday. Merc and the best of the rest. Both great races in their own right, but we need one race not two.

        For me it devalues Hammy’s win somehow, as does winning in a HYBRID

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      27. chris says:

        bob +10000000000000000000
        unfortunately some people have short memory and change their mind very easily.
        last year hamilton was nearly overshadowed by rosberg, according to some people, while even a wall knows that mercedes n1 driver is hamilton and that mercedes last year wasn’t a perfect car.
        now, with a car in which even fisichella and barrichello could have won a wdc, we talk about best driver, while for button and vettel it was just the car.
        best car would be a better definition(with a good driver), for almost 90% of wdc winners. sad but true. drivers count for 10/20%, not more.
        put perez, hulkenberg, grosjean, bottas, massa in such a car and they would all be wdc champions because like it or not, the differences between the top 10 drivers aren’t so huge as some journals want us to believe.

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      28. unF1nnished business says:

        In F1 you’re only as great as your car.

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      29. avelino says:

        i think you are a few of those suffering from a genetic defect called antihamiltonism.
        how could you possibly compare this race to any of those won by red bull or brawn? hamilton didn’t dominate the race. if you are not aware, rosberg was faster than him and he still won. can you use your intelligence to explain how he did it?

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      30. Andrew M says:

        “It was hard for Brawn to challenge at the back half of the season cause they had no budget.”

        They scored more points in the second half of the season than anyone except Red Bull and Barrichello won two races during that period; Button just collapsed, and was pretty lucky that Red Bull and Vettel didn’t take advantage. Having said that, this was back in 10 points for a win, 8 for second; under today’s points system he’d have wrapped up the title earlier.

        On the flip side, Button got more out of the Brawn than he’s given credit for in the races he won, like nailing key overtakes in the early stages, putting in good last ditch qualifying laps, and not making the mistakes that Barrichello did.

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      31. Andre says:

        Let’s all be adults please and have a normal discussion.

        Respect all drivers, don’t bore us with your personal favourite.

        It’s getting old.

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      32. Brax says:

        This +1000

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    7. Sammy says:

      Thanks to Maldonado and the safety car we’ve seen some exiting racing.

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      1. Wayne says:

        That’s rubbish, there was plenty of exciting racing long before the safety car and you know it.

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      2. Sebee says:

        Beside Daniel, he’s right. The show spiced up big time after SC. Before that Lewis had a 10s cushion that was as comfy as the one he takes his pre tea time nap on.

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      3. j says:

        Agree. There are a still a few people who were enjoying the attention they were getting from making negative comments that they just can’t give it, even after a race like that.

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      4. john3voltas says:

        Gotta hand it to Wayne here.
        I’d seen plenty of action before SC came out on track.
        But the big question is: WHEN???
        When will they cancel Maldonado’s super license?
        The FIA has given him enough reprimands and penalties. Today Gutierres was very lucky.
        I say it’s time to act before he kills someone.

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      5. Sebee says:

        Seriously guys, you’ve seen Lewis control charging Nico .3s back. You think Lewis would have pissed away 10s? I say Nico would have gotten 7 of those 10 back at best thanks to tire. Let’s at least be honest about that one.

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      6. BoogWar says:

        +1,000,000 Maldonaldo’s gotta go. And he’s driving a car that can do some real damage

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      7. Roberto says:

        Yep, Mondonado has replaced “Joie” Chitwood as my new “Thrill Show” hero.

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      8. Matthew Cheshire says:

        +1. Not quite up to Ken Carter standard (yet).

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      9. aveli says:

        maldonado didn’t invent the safety car. it has been part of f1 for a long time.

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    8. FerrariFan says:

      One of the best races in recent history. Thanks mainly to Mercedes letting their drivers race throughout the race.

      Same thoughts about Mercedes domination. I dont care as long as its not one driver running away with it every single race. Credits to Mercedes for not pouring cold water on the excitement in the name of bringing it safely home.

      What a pathetic car Ferrari has built. I am not sure what LdM was cursing when Alonso was passed by a Force India (I think). He should stop politics and focus on using all that money wisely.

      Finally a great day for Force India. I was thinking they could potentially win it if the two Mercs collide and mess it up. It could still happen in some race.

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      1. Wayne says:

        I think that should have been ‘what a pathetic engine Ferrari has built’ – I’d be willing to bet that their car is basically sound and the engine is the problem. Those merc engines were just driving past them like they were not even there.

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      2. Anil Parmar says:

        Yeah…once the ERS kicks in the car is nowhere :(

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      3. Doug says:

        I think the cars look a major handful..and that’s not the engines fault!
        Awesome race…best I’ve seen for ages..a big pie in the face for all the nay-sayers! :-)

        It must have been double tears for LDM, Ferrari picking up scraps..and a great race that just flushed his 83% down the toilet!

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      4. Phil says:

        It’s a Ferrari engine, right??

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      5. Phil says:

        My meaning being of course, a car normally includes an engine right? So what’s wrong with competing on not just chassis and aerodynamics but also on engine

        It’s an end to end competition. On every car component

        And Ferrari have done nowhere near as good a job

        Thus the LDM whinging.

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      6. grat says:

        You know, Luca’s always saying he’d love for Ferrari to be able to supply customer chassis– I bet if he asked Todt to get rid of that pesky rule about only 4 teams per engine, Mercedes would gladly build (and sell) Ferrari a stack of engines. :)

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      7. Brent says:

        After the race Kimi said, “we had no down force and no top speed”. You should be able to have one or the other. It sounds like lack of power and poor chassis design on top of the highest fuel consumption. Hardly a wonder Montezemolo wants changes to the rules.

        They all could take lessons from Force India on getting the most bang for your buck.

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      8. john3voltas says:

        Not sure if the powertrain is the only issue for us.
        We were losing on the high speed corners too.
        In fact we were losing everywhere :(
        The car seems to be sound but…slow!
        I don’t know whose fault it is and I think it’s still too early in the season to call it off but if by the 2nd or 3rd European race we’re still fighting for 6th-10th I say LdM has to act.
        I mean even if it’s not his direct fault, Domenicali has to step down.
        LdM needs to start hiring experienced people. Not a fan of Alonso but the drivers are ok even if I expect e bit more from Kimi.

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      9. ONS says:

        Ferrari actually think that by painting the car RED it will go faster!

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      10. kent says:

        Ferrari has added some additional talent, but in essence it just keeps doing the same thing year after year- manage only a second-rate car-and thinking that somehow this new year will be better. LdM needs to clean house like Ron Dennis did; should have tried to grab Eric Boullier or Ross Brawn, for example. I think it’s evident that Domenicalli doesn’t have what’s necessary.

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      11. Andy says:

        Oh yea,sacking Martin Whitmarsh has really improved things…………………….

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      12. Messrine says:

        Totally agree! I am a Ferrari and an Alonso fan through and through and I am dissapointed that they just cannnot get their act together again and give him the car he deserves. As for Vettel, we are starting to see him being outclassed by Riccicardo, which is what I expected.

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    9. Sebee says:

      What were you watching last 5 years?

      Yes, I never recall Vettel and Webber heated on track battles where one didn’t give the other an inch. Those 5 seasons together were just a beautiful bromance.

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      1. Andy says:

        Close on track battles between Vettel and Webber were few and far between. Sure there were a few good ones but the vast majority of races Webber couldn’t get Vettel, what were you watching over the last 5 years?

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      2. powersteer says:

        Turkey 2010 comes to mind… thats RBR close racing for you 😉

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      3. C63 says:

        @powersteer

        I would say Turkey 2010 was more an example of crashing rather than close racing. I know that might appear to be flippant, but any fool can crash into their competitor.
        What we saw from Ham/Ros displayed unbelievable skill. What we saw from Vet/Web [Turkey 2010] displayed a complete lack of skill.

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      4. powersteer says:

        @C63

        i was actually trying to be sarcastic 😉

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      5. Purple Helmet says:

        RB distinctly favoured SV (the wing affair being a case in point) and to be fair, Webber wasn’t really a top, top driver. You get the impression RB kept him on because their cars were fast enough to come in 1-2, but they didn’t want them battling each other.

        Fair play to Merc, they have two top drivers, and they are letting them go for it. They might be streets ahead of the rest of the pack, but if we get to see Hamilton and Rosberg going for it like this every race, it will be a classic year.

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      6. Daniel says:

        When Webber drove for Williams, he put Rosberg in the shade, Webber was denied time and time again by the team, not their driver and today proved it. All Webber doubters need to realise he was better than Rosberg and Rosberg put Shumy in the shade. Webber helped that team to 4 world championships, give him some honest credit please.

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      7. Michael says:

        @ Sebee A beautiful bromance, really? Is that what u want to call it? All I remember was acrimony between the two. They were not “bros” remember “multi 21” does that ring a bell? Stop, defending Vettel and let him take his beating like a man.

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      8. Richard Dreyer says:

        It was obvious sarcasm.

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      9. aveli says:

        red bull don’t know how to put on a show. they just want to win by telling the drivers what to do.

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      10. Matthew Cheshire says:

        Hey Michael, I know that hit on the head was a big one but surely you can spot sarcasm as heavy as that. Careful on those skis next time?

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      11. grat says:

        You need to get a new Sarcasm Flow Meter. Yours has apparently been drilled into one too many times.

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      12. Rubinho's Keyfob says:

        The difference is, a turn or two later someone would have been bleating over the radio and telling them to stop.

        Big props to Merc for the show today. Reminding them to be respectful of each other, but letting them race.

        I have huge respect for Ross Brawn, but I think if he was still on the pitwall he may have made a call for Nico to hold back today in the later laps (to be honest, I think that may have been justified as the only reason Nico was so close at that point was because of the pace car).

        Hmm, I wonder if some people will see this as a LACK of management on Merc’s side (rather than “having the balls to let them race” it could be seen as “not having the balls to tell them to hold position”).

        Whatever, it’s fascinating. More, please! :)

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      13. MISTER says:

        Merc can afford at this stage even a crash between the drivers. Their car is 2 second clear of the next at some tracks, so if they don;t win this race, they will win the next.

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      14. aveli says:

        mercedes managed their drivers better than those who give team orders. the engineers are allowed to do their best for the team. the mechanics are allowed to do their best for the team so why can’t the drivers be allowed to do their best for the team?
        as far as am concerned, let nature take its course and leave politics out of racing.

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      15. Gravity says:

        While I do agree that we got to see some good racing thanks to Merc / Paddy, the situation is not fully comparable – having a car 2 sec ahead of everyone is different to last year. I see no harm in them backing Lewis once he is ahead – the same can’t be said for Nico till he proves he has it in him to show some Magic when needed. He had a great opportunity yesterday – imagine the headlines today if he had pulled it off last night…

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    10. MISTER says:

      It seems Vettel is not as fast as others thought when you put a fast driver alongside him and take away the blown diffuser which Vettel mastered.

      Thank you to Mercedes, Force India and Williams for letting their drivers race.

      And yet again, Alonso outscores Kimi. Give the guy a car..

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      1. aveli says:

        are you suggesting that vettel is a fake time world champion?
        judge him at the end of the season.

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      2. MISTER says:

        He is a world champion, but we could only compare him with Webber so far. Now we have Dan, which did not show much speed in the Torro Rosso, compared to Vergne, but it looks like he has the upper hand already in his 1st season at the team.
        I would’ve expected Vettel to massively outperform Dan, as the car would’ve been built around Vettel more than Dan.

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      3. grat says:

        Don’t know about Mister, but I (not-a-Vettel-fan) wouldn’t suggest that. I think he was lucky in 2010 and 2012 (Ferrari mistake, and McLaren implosion, respectively).

        I think he’s a very fast driver, but was a very immature driver when he won the WDC the first time, and hasn’t (yet) had to deal with a bad season.

        I expect this season will make him a much better driver, and may help his negative image.

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      4. Krischar says:

        @ Aveli

        yes vettel is a fake 4X WDC. You have called it right

        Vettel was protected by EBD and the team entourage for the last four seasons over Webber. Daniel have proved it right from the outset. The way Daniel muscled his way past vettel into turn says a lot about the kid’s potential. I cert this will be the pattern going forward through out the season

        vettel starts P10 and ends up behind daniel, while daniel from P13 to almost P3 you beauty. Fantastic drive daniel keep it going

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      5. aveli says:

        @krischar, we’ll find out if you’re right about vettel being a fake time champion by the end of the season or better still over the number of seasons he’s teammates with ricciardo.
        you will see the real champion emerge.

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      6. Gravity says:

        Yeah right – after 4 championship, you still need more time for him to prove & one bad race & you right him off – have some consistency in your thought process.

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    11. Wayne says:

      Well Exactly, the whole world heard Paddy speak to the drivers and only Ted decided that it was team orders ‘plain and clear’ as he put it.

      What a fantastic race, battles all the way down through the mid-field! Fuel still hasn’t really come into play, I was really worried before the season started that it would be an economy drive but not one race has really been impacted by fuel yet! HOORAY! No ridiculous tyres either! Hooray again. ERS seems to be working right, i.e. it’s not too easy to overtake – that’s a third hooray right there.

      Realise I’m going to get written off as a HAM fan-boy but….was that a great drive or what? That was HAM from his first couple of seasons but now with extra added control and maturity! Breath-taking.

      Seems to be the only F1 teams who are criticising the sport are those that did a terrible job with the engines. They’re transparent and embarrassing. Merc did the best job, they rightly get the rewards and they’re teaching Pirelli a thing or two about how to use F1 to promote a brand as well 😉

      Seems that VET is struggling. Are the doubters about to be proven right this season? Can he drive around a car that does not suit him? Can he elevate a car like all the best drivers? Not to Merc level yet but he should be able to push that car to the second row/podium shouldn’t he?

      And I still really like the sound of these new engines, I love being able to hear the engineering at work and I love being able to hear the environment when the camera gives us a driver’s perspective.

      The only thing wrong with F1 right now (as is often the case)is the people who run it (the teams and the politicians).

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      1. bob says:

        Wayne, that was a great race and it was a well driven race from Hamilton, no doubt.

        But let’s get real here – Hamilton didn’t win that race – Rosberg lost that race and he knew it!

        I honestly believe that any of the other top 4 or 5 drivers would have nailed Hamilton after the safety car if they were in Rosberg’s car.

        I mean, c’mon! Rosberg has some mega speed but his race craft leaves a lot to be desired! He’s so frustrating to watch! 4 times trying the same unsuccessful move around the outside of turn 4!!

        Like I said, Hamilton defended well but all that really entailed was driving his line – Rosberg did all the hard work for him and expertly positioned his car on the outside ready to be pushed off the track!

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      2. aezy_doc says:

        If the positions had been reversed I do think Hamilton would have passed Rosberg.

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      3. Sebee says:

        You know….to lose Mercedes a guaranteed 1-2 is to lose favor within the team instantly. Rosberg though…OK…I’ll still lead this after this race. But this will blow up.

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      4. Wayne says:

        It definitely did not just entail HAM driving his natural line, Bob, really it didn’t. Neither in defending or re-passing each time.

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      5. What you don’t seem to understand is this? How was Hamilton able to keep pace given the fact that his tires were slower during the last stng. The guy is a genius. Alonso would not have passed lewis and as for Vettel we now know how bad webber was. Riccardo is putting him in his place alright. Go lewis go.

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      6. Alan says:

        Hamilton did clearly win that race, and the only way Nico got close was due to the safety car.

        As much as I like Mercedes and Hamilton, I do hope that some-one closes the gap before the summer break.

        But to suggest that Hamilton didn’t win that, sounds like a Vettel fan that has suddenly realised that French cars don’t do electrical systems very well.

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      7. Gazza says:

        “Like I said, Hamilton defended well but all that really entailed was driving his line ”

        What race where you watching.?

        Hamilton was off line numerous times using every tactic in the book to defend and retake his position.

        A masterclass in defensive driving.

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      8. tonyc says:

        Lol.. What?

        Rosberg “lost” the race?

        If it wasn’t for the safety car, he wouldn’t have been anywhere!

        Hamilton has the measure of Rosberg.

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      9. Phil says:

        Bob – if it wasn’t for the safety car, Rosberg would be on the ‘faster’ tyre and chasing down a 13 second lead with 17 laps to go. Doubt he would have made that from what he showed during the race. But Hamilton and Rosberg were both equal chances of winning it.

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      10. grat says:

        I have to disagree. Hamilton made sure Rosberg’s window of attack was very small, and slammed it shut every time. Eventually, Rosberg’s tires started failing, and he no longer had the speed.

        Re-watch it, if you can, and watch how Hamilton shifted his approach to the turns every time Rosberg got close enough for the pass– and used that different line to re-take the position immediately.

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      11. Bob says:

        Let me clarify – of course the safety car put Rosberg on Hamilton’s tail. Without it, I doubt he would have been able to catch him. But the fact is there was a safety car and Rosberg was on his tail.

        From that point on, Rosberg lost the race and he knew it. Did you not see how devastated he was after the race? He KNEW he should have won that.

        And no, Hamilton did nothing special in defending turn 4 – he blocked the inside, as you do, and then simply drove through the corner. He didn’t have to do anything else because Rosberg kept trying to go around the outside again and again.

        He should have cut back and gone up the inside, just like Hamilton did to him and like many others did during the race.

        In other words, his defending job could have been much harder. I think we can all agree that Rosberg made it easier for him than it could have been.

        However, all in all it was a great race and a great drive from Hamilton.

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      12. Alexander Supertramp says:

        Have to disagree on Hamilton. My view is that he’s been very good in the past years as well (2011 being the exception) with 2012 a very good example. He was good in 2013, but the thing about Lewis is he doesn’t care about P2 and above. So the moment he realised there was no fighting Seb he remained “just” a very good driver. Now he’s great because he smells victory, he’s adding those couple percents that make very good drivers like himself “great”.

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      13. foreverf1 says:

        @ Alexander Supertramp. I love Hamilton’s abilities on the race track but isn’t kind of unfair to his employers to give up on P2 just because he knows he doesn’t have the car to get P1. You help your team by scoring the most points. More points more money. I think this is part of what cost him the championship in 07. Japan and Brazil comes to mind.

        I think this is what separates him from Alonso, who celebrated 9th with a fist pump today because he knows that he squeezed everything out of that car.

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      14. DraykeFields says:

        Good observation about Ted. The guy is a sensationalist & this season particularly seems to be all over the place. Someone & Sky needs to pull him aside & have a few strong words.

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      15. Andre says:

        Why is Vettel struggling? It’s one race, where he had problems all weekend.

        He also had ‘software’ problems in Australia.

        We all know where he finished in Malaysia.

        Getting so tired of these shortsighted opinions.

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      16. Truth says:

        New to this forum but have quickly picked up that Bob really doesn’t like Hamilton, trying to argue that Hamilton didn’t have to work hard in defense is rather poor I feel.
        Credit where credit is due I say. Not the only driver that deserves credit for that race. Watched since the early 70s and that was fine driving for the win by any standards.

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    12. Brendan says:

      It looks like the best of the racing we’re going to be seeing this year, will be between these two guys Hamilton and Rosberg, the Mercedes team so far this tournament have been flawless. http://www.f1worldtour.com

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    13. Kramgp says:

      Maybe we can consentrate on the racing now instead of having to listen to Ferrari and RBR throwing tantrums.

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      1. j says:

        +1,000,000

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    14. Rockman says:

      I only got to watch the race from lap 24 because I didn’t wake up in time. The race starts at 1am here in Australia, now I’m absolutely kicking myself…

      What a race! Great job by Lewis and Nico on that battle. Lewis currently has the upper hand but Nico is always there, he will get his time soon methinks.

      Dan really is not intimitated by his teammate. He is laying down the gauntlet every chance he gets at the moment. He is a star in the making thats for sure.

      Good job by Force India drivers and Williams as well.

      Shame on Ferrari. They should really look at themselves instead of constantly bickering and pointing fingers. No one else to blame here but Ferrari itself. Their drivers are being wasted. LDM will soon have knives in between peoples teeth, he should look on the mirror while doing it to himself.

      Why is Maldonado still im F1? So Ricciardo gets a stop/go and 10 place grid penalty for an error by the team. But Maldonado gets a stop/go penalty only? Does he need to seriously hurt a driver before this gets a look at? He doesn’t belong in F1. Period.

      Btw, best looking trophy for Lewis I’ve seen in a while.

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      1. Hudson says:

        Hahaha I am in Australia too, and I knew I wasn’t going to wake up on time so I recorded it and made sure the news alerts on my phone were off. Woke up at 4.30am this morning and watched for a good 2 hours before heading to work. What a fantastic race it was.
        I am a Hamilton fan, but I liked Rosberg’s response. He could still smile and fool around with Hamilton. I am not sure how Hamilton would react if he was on the losing end next time around. He doesn’t come across as a good loser to me, but maybe I am wrong.

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      2. aveli says:

        hamilton doesn’t know how to be on the losing end. he only wins. even alonso couldn’t beat hamilton in a wheel to wheel combat in the same car albeit henbane the then youngest ever back to back double world champion, who had just seen off schumacher(best wishes) into retirement and hamilton was a rookie. this is all alonso could manage.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MeTHySzddY

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      3. Tad says:

        Exactly! Have you noticed Lewis reaction when he saw the trophy?

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    15. Ahmed Sydney says:

      Exciting race yes, race craft lacking by Rosberg.

      Hamilton owes Rosberg big time, any other driver would have passed and sealed the result in 1 or 2 attempts. Put Alonso, Vettel, Raikonnen etc and it would be game over.

      I mean seriously, all Rossberg had to do was park his car on the apex of turn 1, and not give Hamilton a chance at aiming back on the inside. He did the same thing like 4 or 5 times! Definition of Insanity…
      Then when Rossberg finally gets ahead he stays on the outside of turn 4, gifting Hamilton the inside line!

      Seriously Rossberg on softer tyres and could not pass with so many opportunities, that was ridiculous! These guys are supposed to be too notch drivers, race craft from Rossberg made Hamilton look good.

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      1. Wheels says:

        Man, you’re seriously underestimating both driver’s immense talent–especially Hamilton’s!
        There’s more to it than you make it out to be…. Lewis was simply faking Nico out on deep, corner braking, then undercutting Rosberg on corner exit. Not by any means an easy task with F1 Turbo power!

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    16. Skan says:

      If ever there was a race that deserved double points – This one was it! My best race in the 15 years I have followed F1. Super good show by Mercedes!

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    17. Gravity says:

      And one race is all that’s required to write off Seb!! Funny :)

      Lewis was awesome – his head is in the right space for now… can he hold on to it?

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    18. Arnie S says:

      RAI about the Ferrari: It’s not like there is a massive problem in handling, we are just lacking the downforce and the speed and the horsepower.

      OK, so you miss downforce, speed and BHP, what is really good then 😉

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    19. deancassady says:

      Wow, what a fantastic blog response!
      James, you must have pushed over the last milestone for stickiness on an internet site!
      Wow!

      Is it because people, chanting to the beat of the knee-jerk reactionary naysayers, the poeple were expecting stifling non-competition?
      Or is just because the beloved Lewis won a seemingly tight two-car race (against the awful Hum, at that?)

      Anyhow, way to go on the web suite and reporting; there are no traditional media avenues that are truly in your formula.

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    20. Julian papes says:

      Not sure i’d agree with the pundits about what a great race it was. Let’s face it: the ending was set up by the safety car. without it, another boring race at the front anyway. if we want this kind of ending, why not just bring out the safety car at every race? Oh yeah, someone already thought of that! It is called NASCAR! What a joke!

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  2. Kevin Green says:

    Sebastian………Your team mate is better than you! :) looks like Mclaren ditched the wrong driver too!

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    1. Michael says:

      It looks like? Everybody knew they screwed up when they let Lewis go. Button isn’t even in the conversation when it comes to the best drivers in F1.

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      1. aveli says:

        button is a champion.

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      2. Michael says:

        Ok, whatever u say. lol

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      3. bob says:

        “…Ok, whatever u say. lol…”

        Ummm, no, it’s not whatever he says, it’s fact. Look it up.

        And I believe the original poster was referring to Perez.

        People like you make me laugh. 3 years he was Hamilton’s team mate and in 3 years he scored only 2 wins less than Hamilton, but more points and more podiums.

        Not even in the conversation? Keep dreaming pal!

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      4. NickH says:

        @bob. Hamilton did break down a lot more when leading though. And he had a lot more poles

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      5. Cliff says:

        I think he meant Perez., Hamilton chose to leave.

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      6. Michael says:

        It looks now like Lewis was a profit. He knew a sinking ship when he saw one. lol

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      7. Alexander Supertramp says:

        I think he was referring to Perez.

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      8. Mike Martin says:

        He is referring to Perez. Button was never in the elite drivers club anyway.(and never will be)

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      9. Michael says:

        @ Mike Martin thanks for looking out. It seems like they made the wrong choice in both cases. It’s really sad. Mclaren is becoming the next Williams.

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      10. AuraF1 says:

        At least Button destroyed his team mate this weekend. The mclaren simply wasn’t in the league of the force India this time – if anyone think that shows Perez is better than button or magnussen they don’t understand the basics and probably shouldn’t be using a computer unsupervised…

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      11. Gaz Boy says:

        Bit harsh?
        Jenson is a WDC, that’s a very, very elite club!
        It’s like saying England have only won World Cup………but the triumph of 1966 it still one more championship than the likes of Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Hungary – no disrespect to those countries intended, but they all fell at the final hurdle.
        Jenson, on the other hand, did achieve world championship status, so his name is etched in F1 history for as long as there is F1 – as a champion. Like Bobby Moore and co in 1966…………….

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      12. Kevin Green says:

        Oh please too funny Button is a Vettel type champ ie got the exceptionally better car sit back and enjoy the ride! same idea as as Ricky is clearly showing in Vettels case always said Vettel was a top 10 driver for what they are at very very best!

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      13. Carl Craven says:

        Hmmmmm race wins and a WDC title puts him there no matter what you think. Not many people actually have one of either.

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      14. Mike Martin says:

        Don’t get me wrong guys. Button is an excellent driver. He is just not as good as Senna,Prost,Schumacher,Alonso,Vettel,Hamilton,Lauda,Mansell just to name a few. These guys have that extra what makes them elite.

        What a beautiful race…will watch again many times.

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      15. NickH says:

        Jenson is a good driver. He may not be as fast over 1 lap as he top 2 or 3 guys, but he can race if he’s happy with his car.

        Great driving from Perez though today. I think the Hulk v Perez battle will be a good one and like the Hulk will be pretty miffed at Perez getting on the podium before him.

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      16. bob says:

        “…Button was never in the elite drivers club anyway.(and never will be)…”

        Yes, cause they hand out WDC’s to every Tom, Dick and Harry!

        And don’t even THINK about spouting that rubbish about him having the worlds most dominant car! Assuming Rosberg or Hamilton goes on to win the WDC this year (I can’t see it not happening) then Button will have won his WDC in the least dominant car of the last 3 World Champions – FACT.

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      17. cka_bob says:

        Jeez if Button is so bad are there even any words that describe most of you guys? It’s like tribal wars or something, why can’t people just enjoy it without having to whinge about some driver, team or technical regulation.

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      18. Red 5 says:

        Ok, time for some home truths on the Button front.

        I have been watching the sport for a quarter of a century and Button is without doubt the weakest driver to pick up a World Championship in that time, and one of the weakest ever. The other driver who comes close on that front is Damon Hill, but you could at least claim that Hill was a very decent qualifier. Damon also has the humility to admit that he wasn’t in the top tier.

        Jenson Button only even had a shot at the title by dint of having the dominant car of the season, and the only car to benefit from the blown diffuser. He also benefited from having a very ordinary team mate to contend with in Barrichello, who was only ever a good number two. Even during his prime with Ferrari, he rarely ever had the upper hand over Schumacher, and by 2009 was way clearly past his prime. And yet old man Rubens managed to push Button all the way to that year’s title.

        Now as for those who rightly claim that few if any drivers ever win the title unless they are driving the best car, or at least one of the best cars, that is quite right. However in the normal scheme of things the best drivers tend to find themselves in the best cars precisely because they are the best drivers. Senna and Prost didn’t find themselves in dominant Mclarens by fluke, neither did Mansell at Williams or Schumacher at Ferrari. That wasn’t the case though with Button in 2009.

        At the end of 2008 the best drivers in the sport were Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen and these were the drivers rightfully in demand and in place in the top teams. Button by comparison was staring forced retirement in the face as his Honda team had decided to pull out of Formula One, and no other team were particularly interested in hiring him. His immediate future was saved by the fact Ross Brawn, keen to utilize the loophole he had found in the regulations decided to lead a management buyout of the team and ask Button to stay without a salary. With no other options, he agreed, the blown diffuser was a huge advantage, and the rest as they say is history. Button therefore found himself in the dominant car that year, not because he had earned his place through being one of the top drivers, as is usually the case, but by fortuitous circumstance.

        Burton’s lack of true class has only been further borne out in the years subsequent to 2009. At Mclaren he was comprehensibly out performed by first Hamilton and even by Perez last year. The only occasions in which he has been able to win races with the team have come when the weather has been changeable and he has been able to roll the dice on tyre choice.

        If any further proof were needed of Button’s lack of world class, it comes in his current situation. Button now finds himself in a Mclaren team that is clearly no longer one of the sport’s top teams. Meanwhile Hamilton finds himself sitting pretty in the Dominant works Mercedes; fluke? No. It has been clear for some time that Mercedes were a team on the up, and a team who were clearly going to be one of the leaders when it came to the new formula. Hamilton is merely following the usual path; finding himself where the best drivers usually find themselves; in the best car.

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      19. C63 says:

        @ Red 5
        Excellent post, absolutely on the money in my opinion.

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      20. For sure says:

        Button fans are some of the most delusional fans ever.
        Yes he did win a WDC with not only the best car but the car that was over 1 sec faster.
        No champion in the past 20 years got beat by guys who never won WDC like Fisichella and Rubens, it’s a fact.
        If you are a team principal, you would trade Button for Lewis, Alonso or Vettel.

        Don’t get me wrong he is a very good driver, just not a world class driver. There’s no reason to hate the guy.

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      21. aveli says:

        those of you who don’t understand the value of button hear me out. after button’s first race schumacher looked him up and down while they waited to be weighed. he must’do seen something special in button. two teams fought over button’s services, a legal battle. he is 34 and has managed 250 races and still able to beat his younger teammates with ease except hamilton. he is a champion and a good one for that matter. stop the hate and see the facts as they are.

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      22. Gaz Boy says:

        RE Red 5: You’re entitled to your opinion. However, in 2008 Kimi was one of the top 3 drivers in F1?????? Are you sure about that??? Comprehensively smashed in the gonads all season long by that chap called Felipe who oh so nearly won the 2008 WDC! In 2008 and 2009, Autocourse rated Kimi as 9th for both seasons. And even they were being generous. And at the end of 2009 Ferrari said, Kimi, on yer way son………..I may be wrong, but to claim Kimi’s performances in 2008 and 2009 were worthy of a Top 3 rating is extremely myopic.
        Apar

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      23. Elie says:

        @ Gaz Boy do you honestly believe a driver thats a WC in 2007 and rated by the greats as the fastest driver on the planet in. All of a sudden becomes nobody in 2008. Do you also think Felipe was the same driver in 2008 that he is now…. Really think about it mate..

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      24. Red 5 says:

        Gaz Boy, I’m very relieved to hear that you think I’m entitled to my opinion, that means ever so much to me…..

        It’s interesting that you should only pick up on a minor detail in my post and one that is neither definitively quantifiable or indeed at all paramount to my overall argument. From your total silence on any of my key points, can one assume you are in reluctant agreement?

        Whether Kimi had been at the very top of his game in 2008 is neither here nor there, and whether he went on to have a good 2009 is totally irrelevant seeing as we are talking about the state of F1 at the end of 2008, in the context of whether Button had done enough at that point to be considered a top driver, and one who would have, in a normal situation, likely found himself in a dominant car.

        Kimi at the end of 2008 still had the number 1 on his car, having won the World Championship in a very good Ferrari just a year earlier. He had been brought in to lead the dominant team of the era to replace the dominant driver of the era because he was considered one of the very best and probably the outright fastest driver in the field at the time.

        With that in mind, I stand by my statement that as of the end of 2008, the best drivers in the sport were considered to be 2005 & 2006 world champion Fernando Alonso, 2007 World champion Kimi Raikkonen and 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

        Outside of those you also had Felipe Massa who, as you rightly pointed out, had just come off a very impressive 2008, totally justifying his position in a top team, as well as the in-from drivers of the moment who might also have reasonably expected to be drafted in to a traditional top team, notably Robert Kubica and Sebastian Vettel.

        That then adds up to there being AT LEAST 6 drivers who at the end of 2008 would have been considered of a higher caliber than Jenson Button, who had just come off a season where he had been beaten again by his teammate; the old man, number two, Barrichello.

        Thanks to fortuitous circumstances then, Jenson flukes his way in to the dominant car of 2009 and has an easy shot at the world title that his talent under normal circumstances would never have afforded. That is why he is probably the least deserving world champion in history and why in a recent list of the top 50 drivers in F1 history, he didn’t even make the list.

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      25. Anil Parmar says:

        He was referring to Perez, not Lewis…I think!

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      26. Carl Craven says:

        Michael, is Button not a WDC on your planet?

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      27. Doug says:

        I thought Lewis was at his best today..but Button was showing well until his clutch issue…possible 3rd on the cards. To write JB off is to downplay Lewis’s skill..they are both top level drivers just like Alonso and Kimi…I’m still not convinced by Seb..he doesn’t seem to enjoy the close competition like Lewis and Jenson do!

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      28. aveli says:

        now i’d love to see vettel and button in the same team.

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      29. Doug says:

        So would I…I knoiw that JB would be up for it…mmm…not so sure about Seb though?! :-)

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    2. C63 says:

      Sebastian team radio ‘ get me out of the way, I am too slow’ .

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      1. Michael says:

        lol

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      2. rad_g says:

        With all the respect to the man, he complied and even told them where he’s going to let him pass.

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      3. aveli says:

        why do the redbull drivers have to ask for permission to pass their teammate? have they not learned from paddy lowe?

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      4. Wayne says:

        I think he handled that with incredible maturity and team spirit. He complied without whining and even told them where it would happen to avoid any issues.

        The question is did he do that to save face (because he was going to get passed anyway) or did he do it for all the right reasons?

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      5. grat says:

        I think he did it for the right reasons. He and Ricciardo were on different strategies, and there was no reason to hold up his teammate.

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      6. Andrew M says:

        I agree, first likeable thing I’ve seen from Vettel for a long time.

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      7. Mansell Mania says:

        Good one lol!

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      8. Joel says:

        It was funny to see Seb’s excuse everytime Riccardo passes him, for ex., DRS is not working. But, I did see it work on his car later in the race.

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      9. Yea. And gears not working too. The guy is being out classed by his team mate. Am glad I don’t have to see that stupid finger he used to bring out to say he is number one.

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      10. Yak says:

        And I did also see it open briefly at the start of one of the straights and then close again long before it should have. Maybe it was sorted out later on, but it definitely was a problem.

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    3. Paige says:

      The trouble with Checo has never been his speed and ability. The trouble has always been that he is completely schizophrenic from one race to the next. When he is on his day, he is bloody quick and puts in a top level performance. When he is not, he runs into everything in site. If he can pull off these kinds of performances consistently this year, especially as he is being measured against Hulkenberg, he will do himself some very big favors.

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      1. Gaz Boy says:

        Well said.
        Pastor also springs to mind – victory in Spain 2012, superb drive. What he has done since?
        Measured consistency is the key.

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    4. Michael says:

      +1

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    5. Grant H says:

      Says a lot that seb moved over…good to see him putting team first after stuff like multi 21 gate last yr

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      1. kenneth chapman says:

        hahaha did vettel really have any option? ricci was all over him like the proverbial rash.

        interesting to note that as soon as ricci blew him away he came on the radio stating that he was slow at the end of the straight!!

        but he still fought competetively until he realised that ricci was just too fast for him.

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  3. mark01981 says:

    Driver of the day lewis! Best race in years.

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    1. Grant H says:

      +1000000

      Lewis was pure world class today, best way to answer all the critics is with drives like that, awesome drive

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      1. aveli says:

        6 years after winning a championship and not winning another, most drivers fade away like villenurve. not the best driver to have stepped foot in the sport. 44 just steps it up another level.

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      2. Andre says:

        I would think that the best F1 driver ever to have stepped into the sport would not need 6 years… :)

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      3. aveli says:

        :-)

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      4. Lance Manion says:

        Give it a rest Aveli. Hamilton has the best car on the grid. He’s always been fast. I just hope to see the same people who gave no credit to Vettel the last 4 years and all credit to the car do the same here with Hamilton if he cruises to an easy WDC. This Mercedes looks as good as any car Vettel has driven.

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      5. aveli says:

        @lance manion, why are you telling me what to do? are you in pain? is that how you cry? vettel is a very good driver but people can see through it all. redbull gave adrien newey shares in order for him to design them a fast car which doesn’t break down. mclaren refused to give him shares when he asked and he designed them a fast car which broke down at every opportunity.
        vettel was never paid much money by red bull. why do you think that is? hamilton on the other hand is paid a lot more? why is that?
        this is how hamilton started his race on pole, stayed ahead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MeTHySzddYand won.

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    2. KRB says:

      Yes, indeed! What an amazing race, and not just between the two Merc drivers. Perez-Hulk, Vettel-Ricciardo, Massa-Bottas … multiple examples of teammates going wheel-to-wheel!

      I was cursing the bonehead Maldonado for causing the late safety car, thinking at the time that it had robbed us of a great finish to the strategic battle then unfolding between Hamilton on the softs and Rosberg on the mediums. I was certain that with them each having to swap to the other compound, that Rosberg would be able to easily get by on the faster options, with the SC having erased Lewis’ 9.5 sec lead. What I didn’t account for (or rather, didn’t account for enough) was Hamilton’s tenacity and sheer determination to win that bloody race! Absolutely AMAZING.

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      1. Kenneth M'Boy says:

        The whole top 10 were drivers of the day. An amazing class of drivers, worth getting up to watch at 1am in Oz. But for me, Dan really proved he’s the real deal to the F1 world. Although a lot of us already knew that. I just wish Brian Johnston had of hit a high note and belted out Thunderstruck during the podium.

        Maldonado is a madman, I’ve said it before. He’s going to get someone really hurt one day and they need to get rid of him despite his money coming to teams. Way too much red mist when he sees someone in front of him. It’s moronic intimidation tactics that are supposed to make the other guy think twice the next time they race. Cheap club go karting stuff that no one respects. They should sit him down and make him watch that race to show him how real drivers with brains are supposed to race.

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      2. KRB says:

        Ricciardo definitely had a great race, very happy to see him bag his first points. He’s been horribly done by, in the first two races.

        Yeah, having celebs like Johnson, and Benedict Cumberbatch last race, for the podium, is quite the incentive. I bet the drivers got an autograph. I certainly would if I was as close to such a rock icon.

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    3. bob says:

      I think Hamilton should buy Rosberg a beer after that one – after all, Rosberg gifted him the race!

      INSIDE of turn 4 Nico – INSIDE!!!

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      1. Truth says:

        And a BITTER for Bob I reckon. LOL

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      2. TimW says:

        or a saucer of milk!

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      3. kieran says:

        Haha, maybe he’s had one too many BITTERs.

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      4. C63 says:

        @Truth
        One of the wittiest comments I have seen for a long time. Made me laugh out loud :-)

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      5. aveli says:

        red bull and williams should stop interfering with the racing and allow the drivers to race like paddy lowe does.

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      6. aveli says:

        yes hamilton is that good! So good that you don’t understand how he does it and yet refuse to admit that he is as good as he is. another genetic disorder?

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      7. KRB says:

        Perhaps leave him your number on his website. I’m sure he never thought about going up the inside. 😉

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      8. Phil says:

        Gifted? You must have been watching a different race just 99% of us.

        Congratulations – you’re in the one percent.

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      9. KRB says:

        bob, re-watch lap 53 please. Rosberg tried to take the inside line going through Turn 4. Hamilton knew it, and kept tight to the apex through there. Rosberg tried a few different attacks, but Hamilton read his book each time.

        If you’re too young for the reference, here’s a clip (amazing actor; amazing film):

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssfrVOaBA8A

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  4. Anthony says:

    That was one of the best races I’ve ever seen – an absolute classic.

    I really hope this shuts up all the naysayers. This is shaping up to be one of the best ever seasons.

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    1. Alan Green says:

      A race like that, after LdM’s Taxi Driver comment…
      Brilliant!

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      1. Kramgp says:

        LDM will do well to keep quiet for a week or so. RBR should spend more time singing Rics praises and apologizing for costing him valuable points in the first 2races.
        Well managed merc. That’s a way better way to win fans and increase viewing figures than RBRs approach.

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      2. bob says:

        The racing is mostly between teammates. Just look at the positions after the safety car: Teammates next to each other, because the car is a much bigger component this year than in the past.

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      3. ferggsa says:

        This particular track (power track), and others like Monza, Mexico in the old days, bring out the cars differences, but I also think this year team mates are more even than in previous years, and pit walls are letting them race, at least for the time beign

        Should make for a fun season throughout the field

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      4. David in Sydney says:

        I think Luca was actually referring to the F14T driving like a taxi…

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      5. LT says:

        So true! LdM should focus on making a faster taxi

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    2. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      So Safety Car should be mandatory… Just thinking.

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      1. radohc says:

        don’t say it too loud, otherwise certain Mr. Ecc…

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      2. Matthew Cheshire says:

        Bernie is probably drawing it up now. But it would have sprinklers on the back, a PA with V12 engine noise and Danica Patrick driving in a bikini.

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      3. ngwe23 says:

        Ssshh. Don’t give them ideas!

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      4. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        Well, tire change and tire-compound change are already mandatory, why not…

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      5. Daniel says:

        Like NASCAR. There is a candy wrapper on the track, bring out the SC. While their at it they should then hose down the field and put everyone onto intermediates. LOL

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    3. Rene says:

      great race if you like watching team-mates battling – not so much if you like close racing. Teams lined-up neatly without the safety car, too unevenly matched to fight each other…

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  5. Sebee says:

    Just FYI, before you start giving the new formula credit for this exciting finish,  it should be noted that it was really thanks to the safety car and we have seen this before many times.  goferet can tell you how many times if needed.  Lewis was 10s ahead and was going to control this till the end like a game of Ms. Pac Man until SC came out.  What took so long for the SC by thr way?  Was Bert pinching a duce?  

    This MB is a 2s per lap faster space ship.  They opened up 20s to P3 in 10 laps!   

    Remember boys and girls, it’s not Lewis or Nico who’s winning this year.  It’s they boys in the engine shop! :-p.  

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    1. Sebee says:

      Bernd not Bert.

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    2. Anthony says:

      If you dislike F1 so much why do you watch it? There are plenty of other formula that seem better suited to your proclivities.

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      1. SteveS says:

        You moaned about F1 for years. If you disliked it so much much why did you watch it?

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    3. C63 says:

      Oh Sebee, you are almost as bitter as Christian and Newey. To be honest, I always thought you were better than that – still we live and learn I guess.
      Hey, I have an idea, why don’t you start supporting Mercedes, then you could enjoy the races again 😉

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      1. Alexander Supertramp says:

        Agree with you, sour grapes Seebee. Come on man!

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      2. FerrariFan says:

        As a Ferrari and specially Alonso fan, that’s exactly what I am doing right now and its great. I can’t wait for more close battles between the two Mercedes drivers. I think if the Merc’s show the same kind of domination throughout the season, the team would allow the two to fight each other throughout the season and that will be classic.

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      3. Sebee says:

        Not bitter. Just wondering what all these changes and a billion accomplished. Not my money so I don’t care that much but it would be nice to get something back.

        I guess what we did get is Hamilton winning, which is probably sufficient for many fans here.

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      4. Matt H says:

        Everyone has there favourite driver and no one likes them losing but man that was entertaining stuff . Granted the safety car made it that way, but edge of the seat nonetheless. I’m sure vettel will be back up there soon to challenge the spaceship that is Mercedes but aside the engine the bulls still to me look aero wise a more solid package. I want Hamilton to win this no doubt but I hope nico pushes this hard all season. It’s so much more rewarding being hard fought! That’s not a dig at any of vettels champs either as some were equally hard

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      5. Dazzler says:

        Well I’m happy. Many Hamilton fans have been frustrated in recent years because he rarely has the tools to fight with.

        Now there is a new world order and there are competitive fights for the wins. Not just for P8 like last year

        Long may that continue. Whoever is involved.

        Lewis now has a car to match his talent.

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      6. C63 says:

        Not bitter. Really? You could have fooled me. Your disappointment that the race was so exciting is palpable.
        Not sure what you mean by ‘nice to get something back’. Maybe when you are completing your journeys in the same time and using 35% less fuel you will consider that you got something back.

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      7. timw says:

        Sebee, the changes were brought in to make f1 more relevant. Every sport has to move with the times and F1 couldn’t carry on with the big banger gas guzzling engines of the past. The benefits of the changes are a reduction in aero dependence, meaning the cars can run closer together and a big increase in torque making the cars more of a handfull to drive. It was a great race today and there wil be more, there will also be dull races, just as there has always been.

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      8. Sebee says:

        C63, I think you’re a bigger Hamilton fan than I am a Vettel fan. Seriously. But not like you hide it. Since you’re rocking a C63 in your silver jacket I just want you to know that you won’t find me in an Infiniti drinking a Red Bull.

        Also, I survived 2008 just fine.

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      9. C63 says:

        Since you’re rocking a C63 in your silver jacket….

        Half right. I have never purchased any team wear, not even a cap, I always think it’s a rip off.

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      10. timw says:

        Ive never bought any team merch either, but those Williams caps are very tempting…

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    4. Ed Bone says:

      Of course it was. Maybe the boys in the engine shop should drive the cars too.

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      1. Sebee says:

        Just pointing out what I’ve been hearing last few seasons. It’s funny a bit how now a shoe is on the other foot and those views are gone about as fast as a Mercedes into the lead.

        Like Lewis is winning, not the car. But Newey was winning not Vettel.

        Or RBR domination was boring, but 2s per lap MB domination likes of which RBR never achieved is exciting.

        I find that funny. Let’s check the temperature and ratings by 10th GP when Mercedes wins WCC in Germany.

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      2. NickH says:

        It was a brilliant race, hats off to Mercedes for letting them race lights to flag and for giving us what is going to be an almighty scrap for the championship. Well done Mercedes.

        Ferrari oh dear.

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      3. bob says:

        I completely agree Sebee!

        It’s the same crap we’ve been hearing from Hamilton fans for years.

        Button wins – only cause he had the best car.
        Vettel wins – only cause he had the best car.
        Hamilton wins – cause he’s the best driver ever.

        We’ll just forget that Hamilton is now driving the most dominant car in F1 history since the McLaren MP4/4…

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      4. Robbie says:

        Bob and Sebee.

        Button wins – His Aging teammate is THE no2 and no challenge.
        Vettel wins – His Aging teammate is forced to be the no2 by RBR and he loses his fight after 2010.
        Hamilton wins by beating a teammate faster than him on the day with superior race-craft.

        Try actually watching the racing, if you can, instead of sucking on your lemons when Vettel fails to get into Q3 and is passed fair and square by RIC.

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      5. timw says:

        They had 2 seconds over the force india at this track for one part of the race, the real gap is around a second, it will very between different circuits, but it isn’t out of the question that Red Bull could close, they just need Renault to bring a few more bhp.

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      6. Gazza says:

        Off course Lewis is wining because he has the fastest car, don,t let some if his more star struck fans wind you up.

        I have always been a Hamilton fan because I believe he is the best seat of your pants driver out there. He is not perfect by a long way but when he,s in the groove he is pound for pound the most exiting driver to watch.

        For what it’s worth I think Vettel is a very deserving champion, he has just never captured my imagination in the same way,

        Perhaps it’s my natural British bias.

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      7. L.B says:

        Is Hamilton winning because of the car? Yes, definitely. But he’s not being favored and he has a team mate who can keep him honest throughout the race unlike Vettel in previous years which is why RBR domination was boring. Also Hamilton’s class has already been certified (He matched a double world champ in his first season). Vettel’s has not.

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      8. Dazzler says:

        Bob, Sebee

        You people are being very bitter.

        You are going to have to learn how to accept defeat.

        I’m going to enjoy watching Vettel losing his crown.

        Vettel is a class act and living legend but he was never massively more talented or faster than Kimi, Hamilton and Alonso and he has been very fortunate up till now.

        What F1 needed was competition and we are getting that this year.

        Red Bull deserved their success and now Mercedes are worthy of theirs.

        Yes the Mercedes domination is bigger than any advantage since early 1998, but Rosberg and Hamilton cant do anything about that.

        At least they are permitted equal status.
        The RBR domination was boring.Simple.

        The Mercedes domination will be boring at times this season but nothing about Bahrain 2014 was boring. Even you Sebee will have to agree with that.

        You Hamilton haters are getting what is due.

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      9. Ed Bone says:

        Sebee, although you may not have noticed, Rosberg had the same car as Lewis on Sunday.

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    5. Grant H says:

      Another red bull fan?

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    6. Michael says:

      @ Sebee I have a feeling you’re going to have a very long long year. lol

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      1. Sebee says:

        At least my hearing will remain undamaged by season end. My audiologist has been urging me to quit F1, now he will think I “listened” to him!

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      2. Tad says:

        Please close the door on your way out. I am new for f1 but I remember all your posts the past years. I don’t usually respond to your comments but wishes to see your reaction when your boy is unable to beat a better teammate on average car.
        Bring on china! Can’t work, can’t think of other thing?
        James, do you think there may be some change to the rule to close the gap? Like engine upgrade for Renault & Ferrari

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    7. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      “This MB is a 2s per lap faster space ship. They opened up 20s to P3 in 10 laps!”

      I did not hear you saying the same thing when that same thing hapenned with Vettel.

      Where were you, Seebe???

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    8. Quade says:

      Funny stuff! Just as Ricciardo seems to be revealing a few truths that aren’t engine related too! :)

      thank goodness we can now see wheel to wheel racing from start to finish now that the wretched tyres we had in the last few seasons are GONE.

      This race was a classic from start to finish. Just incredible!

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      1. Andre says:

        Oh yes ofcourse Webber never passed or finished before Vettel.

        Judgement on one race..my dear god.

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    9. KRB says:

      Sebee, you can’t be serious! Even without the SC, it would still be an amazing race. Before the SC, I was under the assumption that the lap difference between the option and prime was 0.5s/lap, which was less than expected, but still large enough to have made the last stint an interesting battle.

      You are looking at it in hindsight and just saying it was all pre-ordained to happen the way it did. Nothing could be further from the truth!

      At the time of the SC, I was sure that we were robbed of an interesting finish (how wrong I was!).

      The Merc is incredibly fast, you are right. It was just over 2 sec/lap faster after the SC, you’re right. The designers and engineers at Mercedes and Merc HPP no doubt deserve huge kudo’s for this car. I was glad to see Aldo Costa – the Ferrari scapegoat for their 2011 car – up on the podium accepting the Constructors’ trophy.

      But Sebee, who won that race today??? Who found themselves 10 laps from the finish with their teammate right behind them, in the same car, but with the faster tires? Do you for a moment believe that Nico didn’t think “it’s mine now” in his helmet after the SC erased Hamilton’s 9.5s advantage?

      Give credit where it’s due. It can only be to your credit to do so.

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      1. Sebee says:

        KRB,

        Fine, you dragged it out of me. :-) You are right that when SC came out Nico surely thought the race came to him.

        And yes, Lewis drove clean, left room and read each play perfectly. Kept the charging Nico in P2 even though the latter had benefit of DRS and faster rubber. It was 10 laps in a pressure cooker and Lewis didn’t put a wheel an inch off. These are facts.

        You really think we would have had that finish without SC? I doubt it very much. I can’t believe how in battle mode the MBs left the grid 20s back in 10 laps. They will lap P3 at Monza.

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      2. KRB says:

        Thanks for that … I was starting to worry about you, thinking you’d crossed to the dark side.

        As for the finish, at the time I (and I assume most others) didn’t know! I thought if the option is 0.50-0.65 sec/lap faster, and they switch (HAM to Med; ROS to soft) with 17 laps to go, that we would be in for a storming finish. Of course in hindsight it’s clear that w/o the SC that Lewis would’ve won comfortably. I guess Rosberg technically was fine to run to the end w/o another pitstop, but I don’t know if that was ever part of the plan.

        Not sure if they’ll be that far ahead at Monza. They’ll be quicker than most through the Lesmos, but otherwise the Merc-powered cars will be closer than they were here. The Renault-powered cars, on current power, would be way down, although the Red Bull will be good getting around Parabolica and onto the power sooner than most.

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      3. Sebee says:

        KRB,

        Mercedes engine in P3 car as well that was 25s back.

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      4. C63 says:

        @Sebee
        I can’t believe how in battle mode the MBs left the grid 20s back in 10 laps…

        Superb line :-)

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    10. Kingszito says:

      @Seebe, c’mon admit it. This was the best race we have seen the past four years. Lewis and Nico raced each other from start to finish. It was always going to end like it did between Lewis and Nico, though might not have been so intense without the safety car.

      There was battle up and down the grid. This is a slap in the face for all the critics of the new formula. Many thanks to Mercedes for letting both of their drivers to race. This race is a box-office material. Lewis, Nico and all the drivers got me saying wow! Wow all race long.

      I enjoyed it.

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      1. Sebee says:

        What are you talking about? Safety car made that ending possible. Lewis was working on his meal schedule for the week after the first pitstop. If SC do didn’t come out it would have been a Vettelesque GP with Lewis showing how it’s done.

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      2. James Allen says:

        Disagree, It would have been very close at the end without SC.

        Rosberg on faster tyre would have caught Hamilton just before the end. I’ve been through it with Merc strategy guys

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      3. Sebee says:

        If he was going to gap 10s+ due to tire James, where was that speed differential after restart? Rosberg had benefit of DRS and soft rubber and couldn’t pass. If the speed differential was that high he would have breezed by in a DRS zone by staying close in pre DRS section thanks to tire. No?

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      4. SaScha says:

        @James Allen, Hamilton had a gap from more than 10 sec. The soft tyres was said to be 0,5 sec faster a lap, how would it have added up with 17 laps to go?
        You and Nicos engineers made a mistake at thinking Hamilton would wear out his soft tyres faster in the 2nd stint, but he kept them alive for 20 laps and still was able to push. This was the crux where the Rosberg strategy failed

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      5. TimW says:

        Sebee, he would have caught him but would have had just as much difficulty in getting by, the sc gave us 10 laps of Merec battling but we would still have had 2 or 3, don’t forget the stops would have been on different laps without the sc.

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      6. Ed Bone says:

        Sebee, you need to listen James, he is a zillion times better informed than you.

        Also, drop your obsession that it’s the cars that win races on their own, it’s not.

        Best car + best team + best strategy + best driver + best luck = winner.

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      7. NickH says:

        Sebee obviously knows better than the Merc strategists! :)

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      8. Richard says:

        James Allen: While I agree Rosberg would have caught Hamilton at the end, it would have been less close than it was and we would not have seen that immaculate and extended defence we did see. Beyond that because the track had rubbered in it drastically reduced the gap between the soft and medium compounds, and of course Rosbergs soft tyres would have lost their edge in just the same way so I think the result we would have seen would have been more lightly that than the one we did. Marvellous race, quite outstanding!

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      9. Rene says:

        so exciting! maybe at the next race only the 2 mercs schould race, like that fantastic race in the USA a couple of years back! who cares about the rest of the field, this new f1 is almost as great as that race was!

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      10. Sebee says:

        BTW….so many exciting races last 4 years. Let’s start a list right here:

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      11. bob says:

        It was a great race, but I’m sorry, Canada 2011 still beats it!

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      12. Alex Butters says:

        Yes going to be very difficult to choose a driver of the day yet again!

        So many F1 / Gp2 / Gp3 etc champions on the grid this year,very very high quality racing throughout the whole field…

        I am a huge Lewis fan – but I do hope this season doesn’t into a red bull style domination – come on Ferrari Red Bull Mclaren etc sort your cars out and give them some competition?

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      13. Elie says:

        Im with Sebee here. what are we missing James , Lewis kept Nico at bay on fresh softs and no margin – why would Nico have more chance with worn softs against worn Mediums AND 10 sec further behind- it makes no sense-why are Merc strategists saying this ? Thanks

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      14. James Allen says:

        Because the softs were around 0.7s -0.8s a lap faster, plus mediums had warm up issues for a lap or two.

        With no safety car they would have pitted with 10 seconds or so to go and Rosberg would have caught him, if Ham didn’t have at least 9/10 secs lead

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      15. SaScha says:

        Hamilton had a 13 sec lead before the SC and he had no issues to warm the tyres up. As niki Lauda said after the race, Lewis was able to put so much heat in the medium tyres to be able to go almost as fast as on the soft tyres

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      16. SaScha says:

        yes, in the end Lewis had NO gap, and Nico WAS on the faster tyres, how can we assume it would have been easier for Nico with a 10 sec gap? Lewis to trundle around & wait till Rosberg finally catched up?

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      17. aveli says:

        rosberg wouldn’t caught hamilton up had the safety not been deployed and we would’ve seen the same show as hamilton put on for us.

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      18. Elie says:

        Thanks James but 1 or 2 laps warming up a medium tyre (& warming up softs) arent going to cost you10 sec are they..Further, during the race we were seeing some teams 1-2 sec between the Softs and the Mediums. Even using yours/mercs .8sec diff Nico would have needed 12.5 laps just catch Lewis if they pitted with 10 laps remaining-Game Over. If he was that much faster he should have passed him within a few laps of the safety car.

        Engineers and teams can sit & calculate laps times and deg rates etc. But they cannot determine what drivers do when they are fighting to win!.

        I cant believe anyone could suggest Nico had a hope with a 10 sec gap after what we saw on Sund. Something is not right here…

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      19. James Allen says:

        Well that is from Ham’s engineers at Merc, so if that is not good enough for you, I give up

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      20. Mike Martin says:

        Closing a 10 second gap in free air is much faster than wheel to wheel racing. Nico lost lots of time with his charging(and overheating the tires in the process). If Nico would had got in front he would be breezing away with ease.

        Suck it up guys. This was a 100 meter sprint race between Usain Bolt and Michael Jordan and Jordan actually miraculously won it.

        Don’t belittle such a great day and race.

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      21. Elie says:

        Appreciate your feedback as always James & .if this advise from Merc was before the safety car we would all be happily agreeing with it. But like I said After what we saw what Lewis did – do you believe it….. You dont think it has something to do with Mercedes being German and trying to keep a level support for its drivers…i?! Its getting a bit silly- he got walloped by Lewis twice during that race- jumped at the first pit stop and again on the harder tyre.. Mercedes are playing it down.. Would of.. Could of.. Should of.. But didnt & Nico showed how much he got exposed in the post race – that was clear for all to see.. He will have his days too.. But trust me they will be much less from here on in.. Its a huge psychological blow

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      22. Elie says:

        @Mike Martin- and what do you think would have happened to Nicos Soft tyres driving flat out for 13 laps trying to make up 10 + sec??. & once he got into dirty air after 13 laps – how easy do you think it would have been to pass on completely shod soft tyres — Comeon guys – Use some sense for gods sake!

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    11. Andrew M says:

      It’s not Mercedes’ fault that Red Bull have had their, how would Herr Vettel say it, “balls in the pool”.

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      1. Alexander Supertramp says:

        Hahaha, boomerang!

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    12. Cheesypoof69 says:

      So let me get this straight Sebee, Mercedes are 2 seconds a lap faster? That’s not one but two fingers in the air, right?

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      1. Sebee says:

        How many laps after safety car?

        What is the gap to P3?

        Thank you.

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      2. Cheesypoof69 says:

        Maybe you should change your name to Mercedee, Lewee or Nicky. Problem solved 😛

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      3. Sebee says:

        You’ve got a fat lady singing somewhere? I was Sebee when Schumi was winning I am Sebee today, I will be tomorrow!

        Be honest, would it not be a cheesy move by me to name myself Lewee, after 3 GPs too? 😉

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    13. Gazza says:

      Oh come on Seebee your negativity is unbecoming.!

      I thought you were better than that.

      Besides what went on behind the Mercs was also brilliant wheel to wheel action the whole race, and not just because of DRS.

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    14. Sammy says:

      Exactly my thoughts too.
      Thanks Maldonado, thanks safety car and thanks Mercedes for letting them have a go at each other for 3 laps.

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    15. Sven says:

      Exactly, mow we saw the real pace of the Mercedes.
      2 seconds faster than anything else. Both in the first stint and after the pace car.

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    16. Rich B says:

      I sense another red bull man throwing his toys out of the pram :-)

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    17. dzolve says:

      I’m beginning to think the Red Bull’s would actually have been 2s a lap quicker themselves in recent years had they had a decent driver!

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      1. H.Guderian says:

        8-0

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      2. Joe B says:

        Lol’d at that!

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    18. Mike Martin says:

      Hey, look everybody….it’s a Vettel fan. Quickly grab your photo camera before they get extinct.

      “Riccardo is faster then you”…PRICELESS!!

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      1. C63 says:

        Imagine if a Martian landed on Earth this season. I wonder if they would rate Vetell as a top driver? Just goes to prove, if proof were needed, that it was all down to the car after all.

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      2. Andre says:

        I guess you missed some of his brilliant moves in this race.
        SC ruined Vettel’s race as his two stop strategy was killed.

        Oh btw. Why do you even watch F1?

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      3. rob says:

        If a “Martian” or any creature whatever, from wherever in the universe visited the planet known locally as Earth, He, she, or it would shake his, her, or it’s head, or whatever it had to shake, at the behaviour of the “prime” species on the third rock, and fly away laughing. (or whatever such a person/creature/monster/nice person would do to express contempt for grown men chasing each other around in circles in funny looking chariots, and others paying money to watch!…..We like it though. GO DANIEL1

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      4. C63 says:

        SC ruined LH strategy as well. So what is your point?
        As regards why I watch F1. Odd question, was it rhetorical?

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      5. Andre says:

        My point is simple, he was on a 2 stopper unlike many around him. So the SC ruined his strategy. I’m not talking about LH.

        The question is not odd.

        If someone speaks about an F1 driver in the matter that you do, why do you even watch it.

        A little childish isn’t it?

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      6. C63 says:

        @Andre
        If someone speaks about an F1 driver in the matter that you do, why do you even watch it. (Sic)

        If I understand you correctly, it would appear you are questioning why I watch F1 because you happen to disapprove of one of my comments. I still think your question was odd. If I had said something, like ”this new formula stinks, no racing, boring etc’ then you would have a point. But I didn’t say that. I made a light hearted remark implying that Vetell is not looking so impressive this season. You disagree, your entitled to your opinion but, unfortunately for you – so am I :-)

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      7. Elie says:

        YES

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    19. aveli says:

      it must be a genetic disorder. the evidence right in your face and you go to look for things from the dark? incident occur in races and the drivers drive accordingly. the conditions were the same for all the drivers and those who could deal with those conditions better than the rest, did.
      i hoped we’d have a great race today and we certainly did!

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    20. FerrariFan says:

      It was a great race even before the safety car. The first stint battle between the two Mercs was as intense as the last 10 laps.

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    21. BW says:

      Sorry for you to have missed most of the race, as you must have undoubtedly come around lap 40.

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    22. rad_g says:

      The stupid rule that allows lapped drivers un-lap themselves.

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      1. neilmurg says:

        As they said in the commentary, the point of the rule is so the competitors on track can race without lapped drivers in the way. Admittedly it was more of a problem in the era when overtaking was more difficult. But not many here seem to remember the racing then, when it could be really boring. One of the great fixes was DRS, and some people still whine about that.
        I think it’s important to remember that in F1 a safety car is exactly that, not an artificial way to spice up the racing, if it’s needed it’s used, props to Charlie. Some win and some lose when it’s deployed, which is a shame for the losers, but F1 is safer for it.

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      2. NickH says:

        Yeah it’s makes sense to let them unlap themselves so they get out of the way but they shouldn’t have to wait till they rejoin the back of the pack as it takes too long

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      3. KRB says:

        With the max fuel limit now (100kg/race), perhaps what they should do now instead is have all lapped cars just drop back to the back of the SC line, but now those cars would only be allowed to use (race_laps-1/race_laps)*100 kg’s of fuel for their race.

        Ok, they would get the benefit of one less lap of tire wear, but the fuel restriction should make sure that no lapped car benefits (anymore than any other car might with a SC). It certainly wouldn’t take as long as it does now, any time the SC comes out.

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      4. OldIron says:

        I’m with KRB (was thinking the same after the race, oddly). Just drop the backmarkers to the back of the line – they don’t even need to wait for the queue to form up for that, just let people move through to the race order position. It would be way faster than faffing around letting them drive through the queue of faster cars after waiting for the queue to form.

        More radically, I was also thinking just have them pull into the pits out of the way, but thats (possibly) a bit harsh :). More seriously, if merc ever drive at full speed the whole race, it might remove a large portion of the field.

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      5. neilmurg says:

        KRB, oldiron, rad_g
        terrific, you want a rule change, thanks for sharing.
        Except it won’t change this race, or any race sooo why not talk about the race instead?

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      6. KRB says:

        @neilmurg, snarkiness will get you everywhere. 😉

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      7. neilmurg says:

        yeah, it was wasn’t it (I had to look up snarky), oops

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    23. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      It’s not Lewis? But Lewis beat ROSBERG in inferior tires.

      But sure Vettel was number 1 before so yes, it was Newey in that case.

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      1. David in Sydney says:

        They were not inferior tyres – the team itself told Rosberg that the speed differential between the two tyres was not what they had thought (i.e. the softer tyres were not faster).

        Hamilton had another masterful race and Rosberg was behind. Still leading the Championship but for how long..?

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      2. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        Well if it was not what they had thought, maybe it WERE faster but not that faster (i.e. 0,6 seconds faster)… Who knows how faster, but it seems they were faster anyway…

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    24. My Dad's Harder Than Yours says:

      It’s incredibly embarrassing to see how Ferrari and Red Bull are whining about the rules in an effort to corrupt the competition, just because Mercedes have comprehensively beaten them in the engineering battle. Glad today’s race was such a cracker and glad to see Mercedes allowing their drivers to race from lights to flag, very refreshing.

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      1. Gaz Boy says:

        Imagine if they had taken each other out? Or could that happen in the near future? In only takes a locked front wheel from the car behind running closely to his team-mate and…………..

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      2. Andrew M says:

        Then they would have shrugged, still led both championships comfortably and won the next 16 races.

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    25. Anil Parmar says:

      There were still plenty of battles to watch out for without the safety car though, as some teams tried 2 stops and some tried 3. The battle for 3rd was fantastic as both Force India and Williams showed pace and the fight for the win would have gone on until the end.

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    26. zx6dude says:

      lol. when it was Vettel running away with it, it wasn’t just the car! now someone else is doing it and it is the “engine shop”!

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    27. surya kumar says:

      Did you not watch the first part of the race then. The team mate battles at FI Williams ferrari and Red Bull. .Some people cannot like anything.

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      1. James Clayton says:

        Did anybody else hear Massa get on the radio to his team complaining that Botass’ (who was in front of him) tires were finished… basically asking the team to move Bottas out the way? Did nobody else see the hypocrisy in that message after the events of Malaysia??

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      2. TimW says:

        I noticed that, Felipe really shot himself in the foot in Malaysia didn’t he? Obviously it would have been the right thing to do to let Massa through at that point but why would the team risk upsetting Valterri? No point asking him anyway, clearly there is no way Bottas would have let him through.

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    28. aezy_doc says:

      Even prior to the safety car it was still a decent race. Crashtor helped make it a classic.

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    29. Tyemz says:

      Not exactly objective from you this time around Mr Sebee. Split tyre strategies in the second stint meant that the racing between the two was going to be interesting at the end, even without the safety car as Rosberg was going to use the faster softs against Lewis’ slower mediums.

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      1. Sebee says:

        10s gap? Come on…

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    30. bmg says:

      Agree, opened up a 20 second gap in 10 laps. FIA need to bring them back to the field some how.

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      1. NickH says:

        Why?! They’ve done a better job than the others

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      2. KRB says:

        Should RBR be made to hand back their last 9 wins from 2013, as Merc and the others stopped developing and moved their resources to their 2014 cars?

        These regulations were initially supposed to come in for the 2013 season, so perhaps they should hand back all 13 wins from last year?

        Merc prepared for 2014, and clearly prepared better than most. Arbitrarily punishing them for foregoing late-2013 to reap rewards in 2014 would be more than a little unfair, no?

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      3. bmg says:

        Good point.

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    31. aveli says:

      if it rained you’d have said is the rain, if there was a sand storm you’d have said it was the sand storm. it was a race and it is normal for the safety car to be deployed for a damaged car to be removed from the track following a crash. rosberg and hamilton drove the cars. so did ricciardo, perez, vettel,hulkinberg, massa, bottas and co.
      the drivers did their job in an exciting manner not the safety car. did you hear how hamilton whipped up the crowed into a frenzy?

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    32. Doug says:

      Twas a great race before the safety car!
      The merc end dual was just the icing on an already delicious cake! :-)

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    33. Joost says:

      Sebee, sssssssst.

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  6. dren says:

    Just wow…all I can say. I like the new formula although it seems most that post on here don’t, but after this race it will be hard for anyone to be a critic. Excellent racing between teammates in several teams. Vettel looks to have his hands full. Raikkonen looked stronger this race even with the Magnussen issue yet again. The racing up front between the Mercedes was great and classy at the same time. All around a very exciting race.

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    1. FerrariFan says:

      Is it me or did everyone feel the sound of the cars at least in the TV coverage improved this grand prix? I dont mind it its sounds good to me and that shouldn’t be the reason for Luca and Dieter to take F1 back into the stone age.

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      1. Tyemz says:

        It’s not you. Could be me and you though. I felt the sound was greatly improved on TV.

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      2. Tornillo Amarillo says:

        Yes, sound engineers could be great, in fact they put sound to electric sport cars…

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      3. Monza 71 says:

        The sound would undoubtedly have been better after the safety car because everyone remaining in the race would have had enough fuel to run flat out.

        Instead of using 11,000rpm and coasting, as they have to do when fueled for an economy run, they could use the whole 15,000rpm.

        The one thing they can do to improve the spectacle for every race is to insist the cars all start every race with a minimum amount of fuel to enable them to run flat out ( within the 100 litres/hr fuel flow limit ).

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  7. P says:

    f1 is still amazing…
    i hope they don’t change anything midway…please not again

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    1. Grant H says:

      They wont be able to change it now, that will silence all the no sayers!!!

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      1. Red Rider says:

        Maybe Maldonado just saved the new formula from the cry babies, i.e. Bernie, the Bulls, and Montezemolo. At the same instant he came close to giving Gutierrez a massive headache plus.

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  8. Sebee says:

    Do you guys think P2 slot has an advantage over pole at this track? Or is at least as good as pole slot?

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    1. Andrew M says:

      I agree with you to some extent, I don’t like it when pole has the outside line into turn 1. I did thing Rosberg was a bit too polite, Hamilton certainly didn’t return the favour later in the race!

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      1. Alexander Supertramp says:

        Rosberg should have set himself up for a counter attack in turn 2 (using the Merc’s traction). Lewis did this 3 or 4 times!

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      2. Andrew M says:

        Yeah, it’s remarkable that Nico speaks fourteen different languages but has never heard the phrase “park it on the apex”.

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    2. C63 says:

      If your name is Lewis Hamilton and you occupy P2 slot it would appear that it is not a disadvantage :-)

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      1. Hear hear

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    3. KRB says:

      Grid positions for the winners of the Bahrain GP:

      P1 – 4
      P2 – 3
      P3 – 1
      P4 – 2

      The other times that P2 has won though, the pole car didn’t have the race pace to compete for the win. Last year, Vettel won as Rosberg tumbled down the order, to finish 9th. In 2008, Massa passed Kubica on the first lap, and Raikkonen in the other Ferrari was past two laps later.

      This year, the pole car had at least as good race pace as the P2 race winner, and possibly better.

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    4. aveli says:

      if you weren’t aware, it was the driver in the 44car which made that difference. if you are not sure, you can see evidence of hamilton’s starts from formula 3, gp2 through to f1(2007&8). consistent ballistic starts.
      don’t cry too much.

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    5. Rich B says:

      in both gp2 races the pole man had a bad start

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      1. aveli says:

        how about after the start and when hamilton got i front of hamilton, what advantage did hamilton have then? he was directly behind rosberg and yet managed passed him on the slower tyre. pleas tell me about that advantage.

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      2. James Clayton says:

        Wait, what? Hamilton got in front of Hamilton who was directly behind Rosberg? Ouch it’s going to take some time to get my head around that one! :)

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      3. Richard says:

        Steady on fella, over reaction to a simple fact.
        Sorry I’m not really sure what you mean with ‘Hamilton got in front of Hamilton what advantage did Hamilton have then?’ I merely stated the drivers on pole in gp2 didn’t start well ie from a standing start, suggesting p2 might’ve had better traction to launch off. Note I say might.

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      4. aveli says:

        james clayton, have you never made a mistake? you know what I meant and am sure you could focus on the topic if you had a stronger argument but simply because you don’t have a strong argument, you divert your attention on my error hoping to win that at least.

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    6. David in Sydney says:

      I got the sense that P2 was better than P1 and it explains Hamilton being happy in the post qualifying press conference where he said, among other things, that he was happy…

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      1. NickH says:

        No, most races won from pole in Bahrain. Why is it so unfathomable that Lewis just got a better start?!

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    7. James Clayton says:

      I’ve noticed that Hamilton seems to sacrifice phase 1 of his start to get a bigger speed advantage in the second phase. In Malaysia his initial getaway was slow but then he bolted away. I found it interesting that it also appeared to work here when starting from p2.

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  9. Matt says:

    What an exciting race to watch. So many battles throughout the field. I only wish I had DVR so I could rewatch! So many great moves and drives. Perez drove exceptionally. Ricciardo did a stellar job to pass Vettel and climb up to fight for the podium. The Williams boys were in there swinging too. Ferrari looked pretty sad. Vettel looks to really be struggling. Hulkenberg was flying too, some really nice moves. I’m thrilled. What fun!

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    1. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      It looks like the last tires didn’t work well for HULK, but he is undoubtedly in the top.

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    2. neilmurg says:

      I do 😛

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  10. dazzle says:

    Strike Two – Lewis Hamilton

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    1. My Dad's Harder Than Yours says:

      Maybe Lewis is a Time Lord?

      He certainly bent the laws of space and time today!

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  11. Tom Power says:

    Yes great race. I gambled on an expensive Now TV pass to watch live. Today it was well worth it. Well done Mercedes for giving us a great race.

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    1. Grant H says:

      Amazing race, funny i used to call this travk borain!!! Not this yr

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  12. Mitchel says:

    Is anyone feeling they were a little quick to judge F1 2014?

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    1. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      Whenever Maldonado is in the grid, F1-SC version will be great.

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      1. bob says:

        Cars need a few very small explosive charges, just enough to hurt a car, but be safe for the pilot. Then we can have Maldonado stop racing, and instead, sit in a room full of buttons: Each button detonates one charte, causing an accident and a safety car.

        He can then maldonado people at his heart’s content without posing as a race driver.

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      2. dzolve says:

        Taxi for Bob

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      3. Red Rider says:

        ha-ha

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  13. SteveS says:

    Bahrain was the most exciting of the early season races last year as well. I don’t know why so many people criticize this track.

    Newey was prescient in his criticism of the new low noses. With last years noses Gutierrez would not have been flipped upside down like that.

    It’s not too early to start talking about where the W05 ranks in the pantheon of “Greatest F1 Cars”. The F2004 managed seven 1-2 finishes but the W05 seems certain to completely obliterate that mark. They really showed their pace after the safety car, blitzing the rest of the field by about two seconds per lap.

    I’ve predicted that Lotus and Caterham will drop out of F1 this season. A few more races like this and Ferrari may join them.

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    1. C63 says:

      Ferrari drop out of F1. Lol.
      To be truthful with you, that was funnier than when Ricciardo overtook Vetell. Priceless!

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      1. timw says:

        Oh I don’t know, Dan putting manners on Seb was the funniest thing I have seen in years!

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    2. KRB says:

      I still think it’s too early, as it’s only 3 races in. But just looking at the three races in isolation, it is indeed a beast of a car. If the present gap persists through the season, and the reliability is decent, then yes, it will be one of the best-ever cars.

      The last time a constructor has won the first three races of a season was the 2006 Renault. Ok, the Brawn did win 6 of the first 7 in 2009, and RBR won 6 of the first 8 in 2011, but neither won the first 3.

      The F2004 won 12 of the first 13 races, and had eight (not seven) 1-2’s. The F2002 had nine 1-2’s. McLaren’s MP4-4 had ten 1-2’s in 1988, in 16 races! That is the most ever.

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    3. FerrariFan says:

      The Lotus proved to be the best fork lift out there flipping the Sauber like a pancake.

      On a serious not, I hope the driver is safe. I am puzzled by Maldonado’s penalty for the incident. I saw it as two drivers taking two drastically different lines in the wide open Tilke track. Four cars could take four different lines in these tracks. If anyone needs to be penalized, it must be the bright brains that came up with the rules that created the fork lift and proboscis cars.

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      1. Gaz Boy says:

        Perhaps a new career beckons for Pastor as a fork-lift driver in a warehouse?

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      2. RichyS says:

        A warehouse with a decent insurance policy on its stock.

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      3. timw says:

        As a former fork lift driver I cansay he lack s the skills and spatial awareness even for that job!

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      4. kenneth chapman says:

        hey gaz boy, so your outraged moral senses deserted you and you did watch the race after all?

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      5. Gaz Boy says:

        Kenneth, no it didn’t – I read the report on the BBC website. I didn’t watch the race, even though apparently it was exciting.
        Imagine how exciting F1 will be on proper tracks like Montreal and Silverstone eh?

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      6. C63 says:

        It wasn’t the nose of the Lotus that flipped the Sauber. They showed it on sky and it was wheel to wheel contact that caused the Sauber to flip.

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      7. Chuck 32 says:

        FINALLY. thank you C63 for looking at the incident with open eyes (and slow motion DVR) IMO it took two mistakes to cause that accident. first Gutierrez saw Maldonado coming out of the pits and should have checked his right side mirrors to locate the guy. Maldonado simple had no chance of making it inside the Sauber and should have reacted to Estaban coming down hard into the corner as the Sauber was in plain site right in left-center of his field of vision. The rotating tires touched, nothing to do with the Lotus forked nose.
        Poor driving by Pastor, Avoidable accident for Estaban.

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      8. TimW says:

        Pastor wouldn’t have appeared in Esteban’s mirrors, the Lotus was too far to the right.

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    4. Dazzler says:

      The Gutierrez/Maldonado incident was not anything to do with the noses. The tyres touched.

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      1. Red Rider says:

        Yes, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a funny story.

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    5. Quade says:

      It wasn’t the nose that flipped Guthierez. He rode over Maldonado’s rear wheel. Or should I say Malfunctionado as someone dubbed him elsewhere? :)

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      1. aezy_doc says:

        Mal-ice-donado? Mal-practice-donado? Mal-adjusted-donado? Mal-aise-donado?

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      2. NickH says:

        ‘Mal-practice-donado’ hahaha

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      3. Quade says:

        I meant his rear wheel rode over Maldonado’s front wheel.

        @aezy_doc
        Haha!

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    6. Bob says:

      I don’t think the new nose had anything to do with Gutierrez flipping. if you look closely the flip happens because his rear right wheel hits the back of Maldonado’s front left and with all that power going down throws the right side of the car into the air

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      1. FerrariFan says:

        Hey Guys. Thanks for the clarification. Sadly here in Canada, I think we get borrowed footage from BBC. We got a couple of replays but no close shots showing what actually happened. Also it was pathetic that when there was so much action happening up front in the final laps they were keen on showing Button driving slowly into the garage.

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  14. Anil Parmar says:

    As soon as the safety car came out, I knew we’d be in for a thrilling finale and it certainly delivered.

    Firstly, great race from Lewis to hold off Nico; their battles were fair and clean whilst they really push each other for every inch of the race track. Also, the pace of the Mercedes on fresh tyres at the end was unbelievable.

    Secondly, great news for Force India and they deserve it; they were mighty all weekend and it’s great to see Perez smiling after a tough 2013.

    Vettel had a weekend to forgot, beaten by his team mate who had a 10 place grid penalty.

    As for Ferrari, their software update for Spain better do the track because their performance onto the straights is horrible but what is worse is their severe lack of speed come the end of the straights.

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    1. Grant H says:

      Haha im a ham fan and when the safety car came out i thought lewis had no chance on the primes, its drives like that which prove ges worth every penny

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      1. C63 says:

        +1
        Completely agree. Unbelievable drive by Hamilton to keep Rosberg at bay.

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  15. Sri says:

    Ferrari can say goodbye to Championship. Yes, Luca has rightly said that their Ferrari car is a taxi with Alonso and Raikkonen as the most expensive chauffeurs in the world. Too bad they did not build a two-seater car, it would be worthwhile to have a ride by waving the hand.

    Overall a very good race with lots of overtaking amongst the “best” and also amongst the “best of the rest”.

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    1. aveli says:

      did webber not use the fiat as a taxi last season?

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    2. Krischar says:

      @ Sri

      yes sri you spot on the money mate

      Ferrari will exactly do this, they will bring updates to Barcelona. If they work it will be fine for the team (Iam sure no updates will work on this F14T). Otherwise after spain Ferrari will come out and say we have shifted our focus and resources for the 2015 season

      Shame and disgrace for the team who have enough budgets and personnel coompete with Mercedes. Yet they only competed with STR in the bahrain GP

      Alonso/Kimi are in and set for another tough season towards the end of their Careers.

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  16. Vinola says:

    Wow. Best DRY f1 racing I recall since Senna/Prost days. Arguably better, because of the close racing in the midpack and intra-team rivalries on full display. On this showing, I’m buying my tickets for Austin!. Still wish it was louder, but I’m happy!

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    1. Mansell Mania says:

      But when we were seeing everyone going at it hammer and tongs today were we even thinking about the noise!

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      1. Vinola says:

        good point, well said!

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    2. Paul D says:

      Was thinking exactly the same thing!

      Can’t remember a better dry race in the last 20 years. Just superb.

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      1. Vinola says:

        I watched the last 10 laps on my feet; my heart was pounding. Just like Interlagos in the wet.Wow.

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    3. Mike says:

      I missed the Senna/Prost days but I do remember how exciting the Fangio/Moss years were,and this race was right up there for thrilling racing.

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      1. Alexander Supertramp says:

        Fangio/Moss, very good comparison!

        Interestingly Lewis matched Fangio 24 wins tally today. Perhaps Goferet can elaborate? I remember a very interesting Melbourne stat predicting Rosberg will not win the championship.

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      2. Rem says:

        Rosberg only won the 1st race due to Hamiltons car “Breaking Down”.

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    4. James Clayton says:

      I think people are getting carried away, or have just been so subdued by the Pirelli years that they’ve forgotten how good races used to be.

      Yes it was a very good race. The beginning and the end were both fantastic to watch and there was some decent races down the field too, but there’s no *way* that it was the best race in the last 20 years!

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  17. JohnBt says:

    What a fantastic race! If races were like the last 10 laps. The overtakes were great and the in team battles gave us a really good show. Well done.

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    1. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      Yes, Safety Car should come always around Lap 10 and 40, without previous notice…

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  18. Andrew M says:

    Even though I’m a Hamilton fan, I can’t remember being this gripped by a race for a long time; I hope we have many more close battles between the Mercedes drivers this year, as there doesn’t seem much chance of the others catching them at this rate; the gap they pulled out after the safety car was pretty frightening.

    Even though Hamilton somehow managed to hold on for the win, there’s a lot for Rosberg to take from this race – he was a match for his teammate on pace in both qualifying and the race, and was exactly what he needed after Malaysia, proving that he can take the fight to Hamilton.

    Also props to Perez for outqualifying and outracing Hulkenberg.

    Also, with no hint of sarcasm, props to Vettel for letting Ricciardo through early in the race, that was a really good “team player”-thing to do. Also, I literally laughed out loud at the irony of Massa trying to get the team to move Bottas out of the way for him 😀

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    1. Grant H says:

      I thought Rosberg drove superbly also really pushed lewis to the limit!!!

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    2. aezy_doc says:

      Not so sure about rosberg and what he’ll take from this race. Out qualified his team mate, but lost out into turn one. Tried to pass but failed to make it stick so Hamilton got the pit stop. Was never going to pass on the same strategy so mixed it up. Would not have caught Lewis without safety car. Couldn’t make a pass stick with the faster tyre. I guess he could be encouraged that he isn’t a million miles away and so can make the most of any misfortune that befalls Hamilton. That’s rosberg’s only chance for the championship – if he is luckier than Hamilton. He isn’t faster, that’s for sure.

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    3. Richard says:

      Actually no Rosberg had the advantage of superior “on the pace” setup whilst Hamilton’s car was “off the pace”. This actually makes quite a difference between cars that are basically the same, and was why Hamilton was a bit down cast knew his car was a bit off. However when push comes to shove Hamilton raised his game to off set the disadvantage. In fact Rosberg had an outright advantage all the way through and still failed to take the win. – He was simply up against a superior racer end of story!

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  19. C63 says:

    Fantastic drive by Hamilton, breathtaking finish to the race!
    Anyone who says Mercedes have team orders needs to think again, and fair play to Mercedes for adopting this philosophy. If you have a dominant car, and Mercedes are clearly dominant, then as long as their drivers are allowed to race it’s still exciting.
    Phew, I think I will need to have a nice cup of tea :-)

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    1. KRB says:

      I suspect quattro or some others will still have some theory as to how Mercedes employed team orders to ensure a Hamilton win. There’s no helping some people.

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    2. FerrariFan says:

      I think Mercedes did themselves a favor this race by not enforcing a dumb team order and alienating the fans.

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      1. C63 says:

        Do you know, I said the exact same thing to Mrs C63. :-)

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      2. James Clayton says:

        My girlfriend couldn’t watch the race and when I gave her a brief review she asked with surprise in her voice “But didn’t the team ask them to hold back” :)

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      3. Breton says:

        I’ll bet she was really interested!!!

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      4. Tad says:

        +100000000000

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  20. Vipin says:

    Today’s Bahrain race was one of the best races I have watched for a long time!

    The Best was – No team orders. (Baby crying to move his team mate out of his way)

    Not won by a single driver everytime and his team mate finishing somewhere down the grid.

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    1. SteveS says:

      “The Best was – No team orders.”

      There was team orders at Red Bull. But since they were team orders against Vettel nobody cares.

      “Baby crying to move his team mate out of his way”

      Enough about Riccardo.

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      1. Vipin says:

        You watched Malaysia 2013.

        What did Vettel said about Mark?

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      2. Dan says:

        No there was not team orders at Red Bull.

        Letting your team mate past while on a different strategy is not team orders.

        When the safety car went in, the Red Bulls raced and Riccardo won

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      3. NickH says:

        They were on a different strategy Vettels tyres were much older as he was trying to 2 stop so not really team orders. Vettel understood this more than you as he complied instantly

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      4. KRB says:

        Wow. Ricciardo was in a different race, the pit wall should’ve orchestrated it long before Ricciardo had to waste time sitting behind Vettel. Pit wall fail there.

        Ricciardo a crybaby?! Geezus. If anything, he was careful with his words over pit radio.

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  21. Doug SA says:

    Thank you Mercedes, Hamster and Nico!!!!!

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  22. Dmitry says:

    Epic!

    Absolutely epic! For all my words about the questionability of changes I have to say sorry – “new” F1 is great. I do not understand how Lewis was able to hold off Nico, but the battle was beautiful! When both Lewis and Nico received a message about “10 laps to go” I thought this was a secret order… man, never did I anticipate what was to follow.
    As I think Lewis also understood this message as an order, because his surprise and reaction on Nico’s first attempt was genuine. Lewis defended like I’ve never seen before and his re-pass maneuvers were so delicate that if I wasn’t watching a race I would think I am watching some ne “Fast and Furious” movie!
    Thank you, Mercedes, for letting those two race!

    What else can I say? The battle behind Mercedes was not simply a battle it was a war of strategy and skill. Different strategies, constant battles, overtakings, numerous lock-ups with plumes of smoke – honestly, I am considering the race again!
    It’s a great pity Safety Car had to be deployed (but considering the horrific crash it’s great it was just to clean the track). Regarding the crash – what were those 2 thinking?!? I blame both of them – both Gutierrez and Maldonado looked like thinking they are alone on the track! I hope they will be talked to. Thoroughly.

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    1. Gil Dogon says:

      Well, at least we have to thank poor Maldonado an Gutierrez for providing such an opportune safety car, that set up the most spectacular Race finish I have ever seen. Not to mention the flip itself which was Indeed straight out of Fast and Furious ….
      Anyway this provided for quite an exhilarating fill-good finale all around. It did seem to prove beyond doubt some points about Mercedes team. First is that indeed they are way off in front of the pack. More importantly it proved, that indeed their driver team mates seems to genuinely race, but keep a mutual respectful friendship.

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  23. foreverf1 says:

    What happened to “Bohrain”? When did Bahrain ever get this exciting? Amazing race all the way down the grid.

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    1. FerrariFan says:

      Maybe its the lights that did the trick 😉

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      1. foreverf1 says:

        Valencia at night and under lights, anyone?

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    2. Alanis Morissette says:

      To be fair to Bahrain, I think it’s recent snoozefest reputation came when they changed to the longer layout for one year in 2010. Before, and since, it’s always been a reasonable race.

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      1. foreverf1 says:

        You’re right. Last year’s race was entertaining, actually. With Nico’s and Lewis’ Mercs tires falling off plus the drama between the Mclarens plus the podiums for the Lotuses. It was alright.

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  24. Malcolm says:

    What a brilliant race, action all over the race, a great duel between Lewis and Nico.
    I can’t see how any follower of the sport, could not have enjoyed this race.

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  25. brendan says:

    well done nico, you really shown your true colours, [mod].. if lewis had been behind nico ,with the soft tyres, would be past him in one lap..
    what is nico waiting for? best chance ever to become champion, pass lewis you have a 25 point advantage.. who is going to challenge them this season? (all the other going to take points from each other)
    nico has the cheek to stand up on the podium, and say I don’t like finishing 2nd to lewis… well you had 10 laps to pass him ,on faster tyres.. so he must love it.. he better get used to finishing 2nd in the champion ,
    after todays display.
    [mod]

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    1. Mike says:

      What a load of rubbish!!!

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    2. furstyferret says:

      It was a great race, but I do think rosberg lacks a bit of mongrel in his driving, out in front great, but trying to overtake he really seems to lack that killer instinct, his moves in the same corner are just so obvious, weres lewis one chance, bang move done, it could be the difference between them to this year..

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      1. brendan says:

        well said… proves today nico has not got the killer instinct,proves how good lewis is again.
        to be a champion you need that little extra,
        that’s why nico wont be champion.
        need to take your chances.. cause lewis wont have many bad days.. I guess lewis had a rye smile crossing the finishing line,the title is his now, bar breaking down.

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      2. aveli says:

        did this double champion have the killer instinct against a rookie?
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MeTHySzddY

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      3. brendan says:

        Alonso didn’t have soft tyres on,didnt have the faster car,and no DRS zones either,back than it was harder to over take.

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    3. KRB says:

      Thing is, with Lewis’ 1st race DNF, Rosberg is still in a good position in the table, 11 points up. But Nico was comprehensively beaten in Malaysia by Lewis, and today he came 2nd in a race he really should’ve won, after the SC intervention. This one has to be quite the blow to him, but still, it only amounts to a 7-point hit.

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      1. nicolas nogaret says:

        7 points ?
        looks more like 14 to me

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      2. KRB says:

        Yes, you’re right. I was thinking back to when Vettel made that mistake on the last lap in Canada 2011, which allowed Button through to steal the win. In my mind, those are defining moments for a driver, yet in reality it was only a 7pt hit for him in a walkover season.

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    4. Jean-Christophe says:

      I’m definitely a Lewis Hamilton fan. But I have to say that your post is a disgrace

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      1. neilmurg says:

        +

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    5. CJD says:

      you missed the point – tonight the primes where quite eqal (to almost all cars)

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      1. aezy_doc says:

        They were almost equal. Maybe 2/3 tenths a lap over a stint, but rosberg also had drs. He had 5 laps I reckon of nearly a second advantage, he got his nose in front but didn’t make it stick. After those 5 laps his advantage was over and Lewis had enough to hold him. If the roles were reversed, I can’t help but feel Lewis would have gotten the job done.

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      2. KRB says:

        If Nico would’ve got by and won, Lewis would have borne no fault. The options were at least 0.5s/lap faster, and Nico had DRS as well. It’d be interesting to see how many times Nico got DRS off of Lewis, over the whole race. I’m sure that alone could account for the 0.3% advantage Rosberg had in fuel consumption this race.

        I agree that with roles reversed Lewis would’ve nailed Rosberg.

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      3. NickH says:

        The primes were a big disadvantage, they were much harder to switch on especially after cruising behind the safety car. Perez said as much as well that’s why Ricciardo caught him so quickly as Riccardio was on option. Nicos option tyres dropped off after following Lewis so close for quite a few laps

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    6. dzolve says:

      Very harsh words Brendan, but for sure, an element of truth in what you say!
      It sometimes really is all about ‘who has got the balls’!

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    7. Tornillo Amarillo says:

      Too harsh with Nico, he tried to win doing a epic dance there, got P2 with a bunch of points for him and the Team, and he was also conservative: he still keeps the top spot in the driver standings.

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    8. tharris19 says:

      @Brendan. Back off. You are not being critical, you are judging Nico’s character and I don’t think you know him (personally) well enough to do that.

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      1. brendan says:

        nico maybe the nicest person in f1.. am judging his character in the car..
        he proved today he hasn’t got it.. lewis proved again he has.. that’s why hes with the team…that’s why he is a world champion.
        he needed to show lewis that he has a fight on his hands to be champion ,maybe force lewis of the track.vettel did it to webber,loads of team mates has done it to each other.
        I want nico to win.. needs to get toughen up.
        maybe its sour grapes on my part,cause I have bet nico for the title..

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    9. Mike says:

      Agree with Brendan. Poor sportsmanship.

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  26. Paige says:

    There is no other way to describe this race than this:

    This was the best Formula 1 Grand Prix in a very many years. We will have to go back to the ’80s to find the last one that was this great. I suppose it is no coincidence that the engines were V6 turbos at that time, as well?

    Formula 1 is just fine, folks. The cars may not be as loud, but they have more power with a greater differential between horsepower and grip. That’s what you need to have to have the kind of race that we had today.

    The highlight of the race has to be the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg. This is going to be 1988 all over again: one team with a car almost assuring them victory in every race, and two of the absolutely best drivers in the sport zooming away in them and giving each other unadulterated hell every race.

    In the end, though, Hamilton truly showed his class with this victory, even moreso than in Malaysia. Nico really seemed like he got the balance right for this race and had the advantage at the end of the first stint, and Lewis held him off. He got a gap through the pit stops, pulled it out while managing them, and seemed to have gotten the better of the strategy game before the safety car. Then Nico had it all in his favor with the softer tire, and Lewis just simply beat him. This is really a big win in his favor, especially psychologically.

    If Nico isn’t asking himself, “Man, What the hell do I have to do to beat this guy?”, then he should be and should find an answer very fast. This should have been Nico’s race. He had pole, he was plenty quick enough to win, and he just didn’t get the job done. He needs to take advantage of days like this, because he’s not going to always have days like this when he has the car to right and Lewis is perhaps not perfectly happy with his car. Because as we saw in Malaysia, it’s very hard to beat Lewis when he has the car to his liking and you don’t.

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    1. Yago says:

      Interestingly, I said after Malaysia: “Lewis is on “Alonso mode”, he has become the complete driver, he will absolutely win the title this year”. He showed today there was something in my words. He even pulled several “Alonso moves” in turn 1 to ragain the lead! And he showing that coolness after the victories and poles of a man looking at the big picture: the WDC. I wish it was Alonso instead of Rosberg in the other Mercedes, that would be epic!!

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      1. KRB says:

        It would be, no doubt. 2007 was a great year for F1, one of the best all-time.

        I’m glad that Hamilton is in the best car, and glad that there’s no #1/#2 policy at Merc (F1 needs a true title challenge, and we haven’t had that in years). But I totally sympathize with the likes of Alonso and Kimi struggling solely b/c the car is lacking. For them, unless things change drastically and quickly, it’s another season lost. The only silver lining for Kimi is that his paycheques won’t bounce!

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    2. Sammy says:

      -1
      So the best race since 20-30 years?
      Please stop talking nonsense.
      Nico and Lewis were racing each other for 5 laps. Not even sure if Nico was allowed by his team to do what he did.

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      1. Quade says:

        Haha! Its really an incurable disease!

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    3. German Samurai says:

      Best race since Brazil 2012.

      I’m not sure if Nico is done after this.

      He’s strong mentally. Schumacher and now Hamilton as teammate hasn’t fazed him.

      Hamilton is regarded as one of the best over one lap yet Hamilton only has a slight edge in head to head qualifying.

      Next time roles are reversed Rosberg will show zero mercy to Hamilton. Hamilton is the psychologically weaker of the pair.

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      1. chief add visor says:

        +1 on rosberg’s mental strength.. super maturity on his part not to sulk and make demands from the team, very unlike 2 current champs who shall remain unnamed. He accepted the result like a champ…That alone is a damn good dynamic in a cut throat sport that houses with gigantuan egos.Rosberg I salute ya!

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      2. Mike says:

        What! did you not see his attitude on the podium? I don’t know what Nico is like as a person,but I would have been much more impressed if he had shown some grace in defeat,no matter the disappointment.That’s the mark of maturity,self control,and a true sportsman.

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      3. Kirsty says:

        He’s alright, but no need to take a dig on other drivers to make him look better. He’s not very happy on the podium. Schumacher sometimes drove like a weekend driver when he’s at Mercedes…he’s not much a benchmark at that point.

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      4. German Samurai says:

        Mike, you mean he should be more like Hamilton who has spent the last several seasons taking every chance to diminish Vettel’s achievements by alluding to the strength of the Red Bull being the reason for Vettel’s success.

        The Red Bull was dominant in 2011 and second half of 2013, but no other time.

        Hamilton is enjoying a car advantage no-one has seen in 25 years.

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      5. Kingszito says:

        Another grammar thrown at Hamilton to overcome. What evidence do you have to support that. You guys keep bringing up one reason or the other against Hamilton. That Nico is a multilingual, he is a professor, he is a thinker, he is psychologically stronger, he is this he is that, Hamilton is not. I am glad Hamilton is proving you guys wrong.

        Hamilton is as strong as any other driver on that grid psychologically. Hamilton has lost a world championship with one point, that would put any driver off his game, rather Hamilton came back the next season even stronger and won it. That isn’t an attribute of someone who is weaker psychologically. This is fact.

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      6. StevenM says:

        He’s weaker? Really? How so? He had engine trouble and he came back and he won malaysia, he got beat to pole he came back and he beat the polesitter.

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      7. KRB says:

        Did you see Nico mumbling to himself and doing a weird face on the podium, right after Lewis mentioned that Nico was on the options? I certainly wouldn’t deem that as Nico being unfazed.

        He’ll have to forget this one asap, or it could play with him.

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      8. Dr Lewis says:

        +1

        After last weeks upside down smile I was expecting better than that from him…

        I can’t help feeling it already is playing with him

        Just like it did with Alonso – funny how quick people forget Lewis the Rookie completely fazed him that year yet comment on him ‘losing the title’

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    4. SteveS says:

      “.. two of the absolutely best drivers in the sport”

      Hamilton is arguably one of the best drivers in the sport. Rosberg has done nothing so far to merit that description. People exaggerate his skills in order to make Hamilton look better by comparison, but Rosberg came off second best when he was Webber’s partner at Williams.

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      1. KRB says:

        As a rookie!! And it ended up 7-4 for Webber in 2006, when Webber was 29 and at his peak. Rosberg is a quick, very decent driver. There’s a reason he is the 5th highest paid driver in F1, and that contract signed with Mercedes before they had committed to really throwing the money in.

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    5. SteveS says:

      “This was the best Formula 1 Grand Prix in a very many years.”

      Eh, for the typical fan who hangs out here every single race won by Lewis Hamilton is always described as one of the greatest races in history. His fans have an unusual weakness for hyperbole.

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      1. James Allen says:

        You don’t think it was a great race?

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      2. KRB says:

        It totally was. Anyone who doesn’t think so doesn’t have their head on right. So many great overtakes and re-passes, and not just from the Merc pair. How many switch-back moves did we see? That is great racing people!

        I’m glad that Hamilton won of course. But if Nico had got by, it would still be a great race. If it was Kimi and Alonso doing the same up front, I would still have loved it.

        As I said in a previous post, leave it to Hamilton to provide another public service to F1, by giving the [mod] the perfect pretence with which to hoist themselves on their own petards.

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      3. PaulL says:

        I’m not sure you perceive that when a DRS pass or attempted pass occurs, some of us think it’s not the effect of two cars side by side that counts but the meaning behind it. Some of us are unable to pull the wool over our eyes.

        Also, flat-out racing is a fundamental; without it, nothing else matters.

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      4. James Clayton says:

        It was a good race, James. It really was. But, as I said earlier, people are getting carried away calling it the best race in 10, 20 or 30 years.

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      5. TimW says:

        for some people it is only a great race if their favourite driver wins.

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      6. James Clayton says:

        @TimW

        “for some people it is only a great race if their favourite driver wins.”

        Mine did. Still doesn’t alter the fact that this was no way the best race in the last 30 years!

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    6. Andrew M says:

      “We will have to go back to the ’80s to find the last one that was this great.”

      I enjoyed this race more than I have enjoyed one for a long time, but let’s not go nuts…

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  27. Valentino from montreal says:

    As a Schumacher-only fan ,my perspective on this new Mercedes dominance is this :

    1) I like Vettel, he’s the best out there, but it’s good that Red Bull are struggling , keeps Schumacher’s records out of reach , way out of reach ! Some other team had to step in sooner or later ..

    2) Ferrari won’t win another title soon .. Again there , historians of F1 will always associate Ferrari to Schumacher , and vice-versa …

    3) Alonso will continue racing and retire with 2 championships , but again, he won’t be ever seen in the F1 history books as the guy that took Schumacher’s place ..
    ( Vettel could be that guy )

    4) Schumacher’s comeback is seen as a success , considering the circumstances, his 2011 second half and 2012 where he was at his strongest , proved that in his 40’s , he was quicker than Rosberg , the same driver that is neck-and-neck with the “supposedly” fastest driver in F1 , Lewis Hamilton …

    5) Off topic , but the next new race track Ecclostone should put on the calendar in an event at Walt Disney world Orlando , Florida … Bahrain with all it’s colourful lay-out, palm trees, ponds and lakes, fireworks and so on, is a Walt-Disney style race-track !! Yup the future of Formula-One is looking bright indeed !! ( sarcasm)

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    1. Harshad says:

      Loved that 5th point.
      +1 to that.

      And yeah, I’m convinced that Alonso now is heading out of Ferrari at the end of this season.

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      1. Brett says:

        Where will he go? The only rumor I keep hearing is Mclaren and that team appears to be a train wreck. They are the slowest of the mercedes engine cars and you have to think the Honda engine will be a downgrade compared to Mercedes next year.

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      2. Harshad says:

        Atleast he can take his chances, not that Ferrari are any better though.

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    2. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

      6) Kimi??? well….

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    3. Cheesypoof69 says:

      3. He was the guy that stopped Schumacher in his tracks by beating him twice. The record books only tell one side of the story, Schumacher benefited from having the fastest car several years in a row, and that is the main reason he has his records. On numerous votes via the public and f1 professionals Schumacher has not been ranked as his records would seem to show. Certainly had his more than his fair share of cheating too.

      The only other person with such a dominant car has been Vettel as the record books show regarding constructors. And I’m loving watching him without the fastest car because it shows how ordinary he can be. But I suppose it must be nice to be a fan of the guys with the fastest cars, certainly makes your life easy…

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      1. German Samurai says:

        Schumacher only ever had the best car on the grid in 2001, 02 and 2004. Only the British media try to diminish Schumacher’s achievements.

        Schumacher could have stayed at Benetton for 96, jumped to Williams, jumped to McLaren, instead he went to a basket case Ferrari team. Drivers then, and drivers today go to teams that give them the best chance of winning championships. Not Schumacher.

        Vettel only ever had a dominant car in 2011 and the second half of 2013. He was still leading the championship without the best car at the halfway point last season.

        2006 Schumacher had a car not capable of winning races, and 2006 he was up against a Renault with an illegal mass damper in the first half of the season.

        Schumacher (who was 37 at the time) came storming home nearly snatching the championship after giving up a large deficit early in the season. Schumacher was as impressive as he’d been at any point in his career in those final four races of 2006. Don’t forget that leading up until Italy 2006 he was not only fighting Alonso in the championship but fighting for his seat behind the scenes.

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      2. German Samurai says:

        *2005 Schumacher had a car not capable of winning races

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      3. Cheesypoof69 says:

        You must be joking regarding Schumacher only having the fastest car for 3 years in his career. All a driver can hope for is having a car capable of winning races and he has had that more than anyone. By the way your basket Ferrari team spent the most, had the most testing facilities and had the most power. They also bought the entire core double championship winning Benetton team over. Who are you trying to fill here? Schumacher had everything he could ever ask for. Your making him sound like a saint. He was also paid the most by far. All he did was go where the money and power was. I don’t blame him but I’m not going to sit around a two decades later and daydream past facts.

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      4. Zachary's disease says:

        Mass damper was legal from 2005 then at the German gp in round 8 it was deemed illegal. From then Renault never recovered the .3 ish per lap. This was max Mosley at his most obvious. Trying to give schumi one more present…actually monza penalty for impeding Massa when alonso was never closer than 110meters in front him was desperate. Check the lap times from Turkish gp onwards and tell me who’s car rocked. 7titles not enough? Must u dismiss the skill of other drivers who beat him like he and FIA dismissed the fact that maybe Kimi, JPM, and others deserved a title that was given to Michael?

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      5. Zachary's disease says:

        German gp 2006 I forgot to mention

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      6. Andrew M says:

        “Only the British media try to diminish Schumacher’s achievements.”

        Yay, I’m part of the British media!

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      7. German Samurai says:

        “You must be joking regarding Schumacher only having the fastest car for 3 years in his career.”

        Nope. Let’s stick to the facts.

        “All a driver can hope for is having a car capable of winning races and he has had that more than anyone.”

        Schumacher’s extreme talent made it possible for horrible cars to compete for wins and championships when they had no business doing so.

        “By the way your basket Ferrari team spent the most, had the most testing facilities and had the most power.”

        Toyota spent the most throughout the 2000’s, and McLaren (with Adrian Newey designing their cars) spent as much as Ferrari. Let’s not forget BAR’s enormous resources and Williams with BMW backing.

        Testing was open to all teams in that era, hence teams basing themselves at Silverstone close to the track. If resources and testing was all that was required for success then Ferrari wouldn’t have gone from 1979-2000 without a drivers title.

        “They also bought the entire core double championship winning Benetton team over.”

        Expect that team never actually gave him the best car at Benetton. The Williams was superior to the Benetton in 1994 and 95.

        “All he did was go where the money and power was.”

        Going to where the money and power was would have meant going to Williams or McLaren. Not Ferrari. Ferrari had to be rebuilt from the ashes.

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    4. Oly says:

      Hate to say it in this circumstances, but Schumacher’s skills suddenly dropped without the dominant car. The proof is his comeback period which I would rather forget. Something similar is now happening to Vettel I guess.

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      1. German Samurai says:

        Schumacher matched Rosberg for pace in 2012. What does that say about Rosberg (and by extension Hamilton) to be matched by a 43 year old?

        Vettel on the other hand is 26 and will be at the peak of his powers for the next 6-7 years.

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      2. Oly says:

        Lets stick with facts, not dreams. In 2012 season ROS vs MSC quali score was 12 vs 8 and the season ends with ROS on P9 with 93 points vs MSC on p13 with 49 points.

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      3. C63 says:

        Vettel on the other hand is 26 and will be at the peak of his powers for the next 6-7 years…..

        If today’s showing is anything to go by, Vetell will need all of his powers just to stay in front of Ricciardo.

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      4. German Samurai says:

        2012

        Michael Schumacher vs Nico Rosberg

        Qualifying
        9.0 vs 9.5 (average qualifying position)
        10 vs 10 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)
        0.113s (average lap-time Schumacher was faster by)

        Race
        7.5 vs 8.8 (average finishing position)
        7 vs 3 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)

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      5. Dutch johhny says:

        @oly get your facts straight man. The score was 10-10. also forgetting that schumacher finished only 2 out of the first seven races when the car whas somehow decent. But anymay you say lets stick with facts you say? fine 7 times a champion, ask pat symmonds or ross brawn about schumacher and his talents? they tell a different story then you, but what do they know ofcourse. Anyway your turn mate…

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      6. madmax says:

        Oly, correct 2012 stats that don’t include qualifying potentialities =

        Michael Schumacher vs Nico Rosberg

        Qualifying
        9.0 vs 9.5 (average qualifying position)
        10 vs 10 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed qualifying)
        0.113s (average lap-time Schumacher was faster by)

        Race
        7.5 vs 8.8 (average finishing position)
        7 vs 3 (teammate finishing above other where both cars completed race)

        The only thing Rosberg had over Schumacher was a car that didn’t break down every other race that year.

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      7. aveli says:

        age doesn’t count in f1. I have seen weight been measured at the end of races but I haven’t seen any drivers’ age being measured.

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    5. furstyferret says:

      Cant you just enjoy the race val, I know hamilton winning the race has ruined your day, but surely as a f1 fan you could just sit back and enjoy the two mercs slugging it out,

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      1. nicolas nogaret says:

        no point in answering val , leopards don’t change their spots
        at least this post is an improvement …usually he only makes anti hamilton comments , nothing positive

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    6. Truth says:

      Wouldn’t know where to start pulling your points apart, think it must be a wind up.
      Stick to curling ay !

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      1. Quade says:

        Yeah, its surely a wind up. Not possible to be that sour.

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    7. German Samurai says:

      Agreed.

      Alonso had his chances in 2010 and 2012, but wasn’t good enough. The young guy in his third full season kept it together best in the final races of 2010. Alonso suffered paralysis behind Petrov. Brazil 2012 he got out qualified by Massa and could only finish 1 second ahead of him. If you can barely beat Massa then you don’t deserve a championship.

      People will jump all over Vettel for being beat by Ricciardo, but Hamilton who is in his prime and widely proclaimed as the best driver out there by most Brits is at best only slightly faster than Rosberg.

      Rosberg got the Webber treatment today in regards to pit strategy. Putting Rosberg on mediums for the middle stint was purely to take him out of the picture. Also, Hamilton drove Rosberg off the track with almost impunity. If there was contact it would have certainly been Rosberg’s fault like Webber at Turkey 2010.

      If Rosberg had of been given the same tyres for the middle stint I’m certain he would have soon been on Hamilton’s tail again attempting an overtake.

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      1. dufus says:

        RIC smashed VET all weekend. This maybe a pattern unfolding….

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      2. Johny says:

        When Hamilton with car faster than Alonso’s couldn’t overtake Kubica in same race in Abu Dhabi 2010, it’s ok, but Alonso was paralysed behind Petrov? Amazing analysis!
        2012 was the same – Alonso had better car that Vettel so it’s only himself to blame he has lost the title. Another amazing analysis!

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      3. trev says:

        GS what are you talking about? The SC played out the strategy perfectly for Nico and he couldn’t win. Suck it up and move on.

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      4. brendan says:

        +1

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      5. Quade says:

        Yes, if only… :)

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      6. Matt H says:

        Let’s be realistic here. Rosberg is good. Top 8 driver but not great. The top 4 are separated by a knife edge and it’s down to car / man / setup combination. Rosberg could have been there all night and not got the job done . Hamilton keeping him at bay first stop did the trick. Role reversed if Rosberg was out front on hards and Ham on softs Hamilton would have passed and he wouldn’t have allowed the retake. Credit where due Hamilton out thought , out fought and outraced him today! This may be different in other races but a missed chance for Rosberg

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      7. tharris19 says:

        @German Samauri and @ Valentino you will be ok as will Nico. It is a long season with a lot of racing go.

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      8. nicolas nogaret says:

        GS , you clearly were not listening to the rosberg radio ; he changed to an alternative strategy when hamilton was in front ; evidently he reckoned he couldn’t beat hamilton on the same strategy

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      9. bmg says:

        I would say Alonso is the best driver out there.

        He has a dog of a car but he still gets the points.

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      10. aveli says:

        fantastic, this is how he compared to a rookie teammate.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MeTHySzddY

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      11. SaScha says:

        Rosberg chose his strategy himself, confirmed from Wolff, Lowe & Lauda, So Nico had only himself to blame. Nico couldn’t overtake Lewis on whatever tyres he was fact.

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      12. Fastfastfast says:

        Actually, Rosberg already confirmed that his strategy was decided by him and his engineer even before the race so your conspiracy theory has just been debunked.

        Why can’t people just accept that TODAY, just for today, April 6, 2014 at the Bahrain GP, Lewis was just a bit better than Nico. Maybe Nico will get the better of him next time.

        Great race by Lewis and Nico today. The better man won.

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      13. KRB says:

        Alonso wasn’t good enough?!?! He should never have been anywhere near the title in 2012 with that car. Without the misfortune of being taken out at Spa, he would’ve won the title.

        In 2010 he had a better car, but it still was no match for the RB6. RBR should’ve won that year going away, but they almost conspired to throw it all away.

        You’re confusing drivers who have some room for error, versus drivers who simply must be error-free (or as close to error-free as possible) to stand any chance. Alonso in both 2010 and 2012 was the latter, while Vettel the last four years has always had that wiggle room. Vettel had to be error-free in 2009 (he could’ve won that year), but how did that go for him?

        As for the race, it was Rosberg’s choice to go soft-medium-soft. With the SC, it almost paid off in spades. It SHOULD’VE paid off, most definitely.

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      14. Krischar says:

        @ German Samurai

        Alonso never had chances or oppurtunities presented to him by the Ferrari team. In Fairness Alonso made the chances for himself and kept the team in WDC title hunt till the last race for 2010 and 2012. Yet in 2010 Ferrari committed a Gambit blot which costed them WDC. In 2012 ONce again Alonso drove a vintage season (The best season for me in the entire formula 1 history) to stay in the title fight until the last race. Once again the lotus pilots have decided the 2012 WDC and gifted the WDC for vettel

        In brazil ALonso got out-qualified? What are you talking about? Do you have brain fade? Massa was crushed by Alonso to the core and ousted by the team finally. Imagine where Ferrari would have finished in WDC standings for the last 4 seasons with massa’s effort right in the mid-field.

        No people have jumped into quick conclusions here. Vettel was beaten by daniel in melbourne and here in bharain even with 10 place penalty disadvanatge Daniel out-qualified and out-drove vettel. This clearly reflects the ability of young Daniel. This will remain as the pattern as we move forward into the season. Brace yourself for more excuses in favour of vettel when Daniel beats him consistently through out the season

        Vettel is a average driver who was flattered by the quickest car in the grid and sub-dued teammate

        Vettel is no where near the class of Alonso and no where near to the speed lewis possess as well.

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      15. Oly says:

        well said

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    8. Anil Parmar says:

      Vettel the best out there? He was second to Ricciardo all weekend and that includes the 10 place grid penalty…

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      1. UAN says:

        And last week, RIC was second to VET all weekend, including a full second behind in the wet in Q3.

        Today, RIC was helped by having the safety car close up the gap to VET and he had fresher tires.

        Having said that, RIC is the real deal, and very fast and I enjoy his driving a lot. He took Hulkenberg quickly and with another lap may have got Perez for a podium – definitely an epic drive.

        I’d also note that VET doesn’t seem to have too many issues with a fast teammate, allowing him to pass cleanly on lap 15, even telling the team where he was going to let him go by, to minimize time loss for both cars. Nor was he whinging for team orders to keep RIC behind him.

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      2. kenneth chapman says:

        he could hardly do otherwise could he? ricci was all over him and i suggest that vettel knew that and he wanted to appear to be a team man when we all know that isn’t the case…..dare i say it again MULTI 21. consider

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      3. dufus says:

        Look at the lap times. RIC was faster and would have passed him without the safety car no problem. It was inevitable.

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      4. Rohind says:

        So Mr Parmar,going by your logic for judging the best, Alonso, Hamilton, Senna,Prost, Schumacher etc have never finished second to a team mate ( not even in a single race)??.
        Impressive logic I must say. I admire your objectivity.You are not a fanboy at all!!

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      5. Anil Parmar says:

        I never said that, I’m just pointing out that it’s naive to call Vettel the best our there, we need to see much more from him to know that.

        And I am a fanboy…an F1 fanboy that is. Only driver I’ve ever supported was Michael and the only driver I’ve ever disliked is a certain Maldonado..

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    9. chris says:

      ham is not the fastest. his car is the fastest. wake up.

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      1. brendan says:

        lewis makes any car he drives even faster.. like button makes every car he drives even slower.. ha ..must be a killer for button,both ex team mates beating him.. and a rookie showing him up..
        lewis is more than a driver,he contributes a lot to the development of a car. he doesn’t just turn up and drive..
        you are seeing a special talent.. even thought the git didn’t let nico past .. ha
        he is the best driver in f1.

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    10. Kimi is Finish says:

      It looks like everything revolves around Alonso in Val’s world….every post has an alonso reference. It’s like the girl you pick on at school that u have a crush on. When unlimited testing, max mosely and Reuben’s come back to F1 then whoever is at Ferrari will have a chance to be the next michael. Until then I’m happy watching fernando race well. I loved watching him in the Renault in 2009 and after spa 2012 I don’t care how many titles he ends up with. If he got killed then what good would those extra titles and money bring. Be happy and concentrate more on praying for your favourite drivers health…and worry less about fernando.

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  28. franed says:

    After a buttock clenching 20 minutes I finally go the NowTv box to accept that I had paid for a day’s Sky F1 channel. It cost £10 and I shall still watch the BBC highlights tonight as well.
    Great race by the Silver team, it was carting of course, you could anticipate every move and knew the counter to it, great stuff. Unfortunately the only shot of Luca enjoying the race was at the moment at Ferrari was passed and he went off in disgust for a seethe in private. I guess the atmosphere inside the Ferrari camp may be a little strained :-) Oh it’s ok, Fernando said the car performed well today!

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    1. KARTRACE says:

      If anything SF proved it that they finally managed to turn front runner driver into a midfielder, and not one but two drivers. Massa was lucky enough to move to Williams after all. If I was Alonso I would stop racing right now till they produce a race car. I am wondering how much more he could handle this humiliation. He should do same what Senna did to McLaren back in ’90s. It is appalling performance from scarlets.

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      1. Krischar says:

        @ Kartrace

        yes it makes me feel very painful to watch a talent like Alonso who only fights for P9 or P10 with such a sub-standard machinery

        Beyond this Ferrari will not improve at all anytime sooner, they were and still are a mid-table team. WDC standings do reflect this fact. Alonso masked the team’s problem ever since 2010 to this point

        Cannot understand how pilots like Alonso/ Kimi decide to stick / re-join the average team based on past legacy

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    2. Krischar says:

      @ Franed

      I did not like the comments from Alonso “Fernando said the car performed well today”

      Now after the hungary 2013 incident, it is very clear that Ferrari pilots cannot gripe about the car despite Ferrari have produced the RED trucks instead of a racing machinery. All this team talk and team player acts are good to do if the car is half decent or good. However when the performance is not there the pilots have to go vocal about it. I know alonso tries to play it safe. However at the moment he is the big loser compared to his other brethern’s

      LDM can be as political as much he wishes. However no one will respect him as a leader if he keeps moaning about the rules and let his top class pilot down year after year with ropey machinery just to save his public image

      Alonso please beter leave the team as soon as you can, do not stay in the team where there is no value or respect for you skills. Otherwise 3 WDC will be only a mere dream.

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  29. dazza says:

    Great race. The Mercedes is more dominant a car than Vettel ever had. The safety car made the end of the race not the 2014 rules. The extra fuel allowed cars to push! Limiting fuel pointless for f1!

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    1. Oly says:

      Agree

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    2. Truth says:

      But merc let the drivers race rather than favouring one.

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    3. Dazzler says:

      Blame Pastor Maldonado for that.

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      1. chief add visor says:

        blame? Nay dazzler, thank maldonado…a bouquet from all fans!!! tho’ I suspect the silver team might send a wreath. hehehe

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    4. Grant H says:

      I disagree would still have been a great race without safety car, Lewis dod an amazing job to get a 9 + sec advantage and we had some great wheel to wheel stuff already before pit stops

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      1. Grant H says:

        Ps i do agree though the fuel limit rule is daft

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      2. Mack says:

        +1
        Drivers have the same fuel mass. Let them use it as they want. Use it too quickly and run out – too bad.

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    5. aezy_doc says:

      It was a decent race even before the safety car.

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    6. KARTRACE says:

      At least both drivers appear to be on the equal terms and there is a two hose race opposed to a single horse race previously… This is like days of Fangio and Moss who used to race each other at Silver Arrows, no one could touch them then and now

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  30. Olivier says:

    You know what? This brought me back to the epic Villeneuve vs Arnoux battle in Dijon. Similar howl similar racing.

    Don’t mess with the sound and the new formula. Today we’ve seen epic racing.

    In Borerain?

    Who would have thought?

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    1. aveli says:

      villenurve arnoux battle was crude losers battle, wasn’t for victory. it was a lucky one off. there weren’t any repeats to show that they had that ability. they crashed into each other like novices.
      this had a battles up front, in the middle and way out at the back.

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      1. Gaz Boy says:

        Bit harsh on Villeneuve Snr-Arnoux? Agree it wasn’t for the lead of the race at Dijon, but it was a lot of fun for both the drivers and spectators. Nobody probably remembers Jabouille and Renault won the race; all anyone remembers about Dijon 1979 is Gilles and Rene!
        Although Gilles and Rene didn’t repeat their battle at Dijon like that again, Gilles had a massive scrap with Jonsey at Montreal 1979 (which Alan won), another great battle with Jonsey at Buenos Aires 1980 until his steering broke, and there was also a great battle between Keke and Gilles at Long Beach 1982. Great races, great drivers.

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      2. aveli says:

        you describe them as great battles but I see them as crude because they were not clean. look at how hamilton does it. on the edge and yet clean albeit much faster. look at the detail.

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      3. j says:

        Thanks for those rubbish Villeneuve comments. Now that we have confirmed your level of F1 knowledge I can safely ignore anything you have to say for the rest of the season.

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      4. TimW says:

        +1

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      5. aveli says:

        am sure you will not be able to ignore the show hamilton puts on for the rest of the season.
        banging wheels is crude and maldonado gets penalised for doing that.
        watch hamilton for the spelling of the word finesse.

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  31. Harshad says:

    Ferrari atleast get the starts sorted out…
    Alonso didn’t have best start for both the earlier races and now it’s Kimi’s turn to have a poor start with a lot of wheelspin in 2/3 gear.

    Oh dear…They can’t build a fast car, they can’t optimise their strategy, their cars always suffer from heavy tyre degradation, their straight line speed is nowhere to be seen,their engineers don’t understand what the drivers are saying(in Kimi’s case)….

    I don’t what sort of team this is.

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    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Ferrari alternates between crushing dominance (2000-2004) or complete incompetence (most of its history).

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  32. H.Guderian (ALO fan) says:

    GREAT RACE!!! (the best in the last four years)

    – Kudos to Merc. They showed how to handle two drivers when you have a SUPER car. Let them fight. RBR must be ashamed. Always over protecting the (cough) “best” driver.

    – “Sebastian, Riccardo is FASTER THAN YOU”. PRICELESS.

    – Aldo Costa receiving the trophy at the podium. Well done mister Luca di Montezemollo. Well done. Very clever.

    – The Prancing Donkey ending in 9th and 10th. Definitely a mid field team now. Well done DOM and LdM. Well done. Thanks so much!!!

    – GREAT drive by HAM (and ROS). HAM is just bit ahead, though.

    P.S.: Mr. Horner, Mr. Mateschitz and Mr. Marko: THIS IS RACING!!!. Stop moaning and work hard.

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    1. SteveS says:

      Since you seem to have forgotten, Red Bull favored Webber over Vettel when it came to team orders. “Multi 21” was a team order to Vettel to stay behind Webber.

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      1. H.Guderian says:

        WRONG!!!!

        It was and order to Web turn his engine down while Vet kept pushing as hard as he could.

        Web was clearly ambushed by the team.

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      2. kenneth chapman says:

        yes, that is quite right steveS it was a pre race agreement between horner vettel and webber that whoever came out in front after the final tyre change would take the lead, unchallenged, in order to safely get the cars home.

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      3. Anil Parmar says:

        It was actually a pre race agreement beteeen both drivers and team..didn’t matter who was ahead.

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    2. Mocho_Pikuain says:

      Just one thing, the sentence Seb was told is “Sebastian, Ricciardo is QUICKER than you”. It would have been epic if they had used the word “faster” but still makes the trick 😉

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      1. UAN says:

        And even more priceless is that VET said “I’ll let him through at Turn 11”.

        No dramas.

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      2. nicolas nogaret says:

        what else would he do ; he was on the alternative strategy with the slow tyres and unless the team has totally lost it’s marbles this would have been decided before the start

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      3. uan says:

        There’s a bit of schadenfreude in the way some people are finding that “order” to Sebastian. Some folks feel that Vettel is actually slow/mediocre, and that he only was fast in the preceding years because of 1) team orders; 2) having the fastest car; 3) Webber was actually slow; and/or 4) that Vettel wouldn’t be able to handle a fast teammate, like Alonso, Hamilton, or Kimi and in fact prevented those drivers from joining Red Bull. It’s also a dig against Vettel that his detractors have that he is subject to throwing his toys out of the pram when things don’t go his way (in the same way that Hamilton isn’t seen as an “intelligent” driver).

        So when you say “what else would he do” and that he was on an alternative strategy – well exactly. So why do some people find it funny or somehow that Vettel be on the receiving end of that order? Or that, unlike Massa, he doesn’t feel threatened by it and understands how the race is unfolding in the moment?

        From the outside, it actually looks like VET and RIC get along and that VET doesn’t mind how well RIC is doing. It’s funny, VET has always been okay with just racing. I remember in 2011, when WEB infamously ignored team orders not to try and pass VET at Silverstone, that VET didn’t care. He actually preferred racing and beating Mark on merit.

        If anything, it was great to see MAS stay in front of BOT at Williams, since the last race they were ordering MAS to move aside for BOT.

        But so far, VET hasn’t said or done anything that would make one think that he was entitled to remain in front of RIC. So I personal find it bizarre that people got a kick out of that – though intellectually I understand why. At the end of the day RIC had a phenomenal race and was probably a lap away from getting pass PER for 3rd (and I’m not a fan of Perez, and would love to see HUK in a better car, but I was glad to see Perez score the first podium FI has had in a long time). I think it’s great to see our favorite drivers do well, but it doesn’t have to be a zero sum game where we need to see other drivers do poorly. Just my 2 cents.

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      4. kenneth chapman says:

        as i have said so many times….what option did vettel have?

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    3. Mike Martin says:

      +1 Brilliant comment

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    4. Alexander Supertramp says:

      Prancing Donkey! I’m laughing harder than I should!

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    5. FerrariFan says:

      Agree with all your thoughts.

      Specially the one about Aldo Costa brought a smile!

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    6. Anil Parmar says:

      Ferrari desperately needing the software update…let’s hope it comes at China and not just Spain as we need the extra top speed and drivability out of slow corners.

      Hopefully we’ll have some weight saving measures coming to the car soon as well :/

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      1. Timmay says:

        take away Kimi’s icecream

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      2. Rene says:

        love to see you try…

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      3. jake says:

        “Hopefully we’ll have some weight saving measures coming to the car soon as well”
        They have used more zeros in the new software code as they are lighter than the ones…
        Likely to work as well as any other upgrade they have tried this year.. :-)

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  33. Yago says:

    This race was won by two small details:

    1) The start

    2) Better pace from Hamilton with the medium tyres.

    However, I think Rosberg was far from excelent on “melee” racing. He should have been able to pull the pass in turn 1. It is clear Hamilton is a better racer. He did “an Alonso” to regain position again and again in turn 1.

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    1. Scott says:

      Agree with this. Rosberg’s attempts to pass were obvious, desperate and easily defended against. He does not have the ability of Hamilton, and we’ll see Hamilton consistently beat him this season on a stroll to the championship.

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  34. Distant Knight says:

    Great race, perfect example of why team orders are not needed, no matter where you are in the field. The title battle at Mercedes should go down the wire hopefully.
    Another great race from Daniel, excuses