Posted on April 3, 2009
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There is some very strong criticism of Lewis Hamilton and McLaren in the media today, a wave of hysteria in the wake of Lewis Hamilton’s punishment for ‘deliberately misleading’ the stewards. It has been written in some quarters that Hamilton could be banned for some races by the World Motor Sport Council, which is due to meet in June. An emergency meeting could be called sooner. An FIA spokesman has hinted that there could well be further repercussions for McLaren and Hamilton, “Given the seriousness of this matter, we cannot rule out further action at this stage.” This situation reminds More…

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Posted on April 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

I posted last night that Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team faced a tough day in front of the stewards and it has proved to be worse than we ever imagined. When I left the track this evening, in the dark, sitting outside the McLaren team office was a thoroughly dejected looking team principal, Martin Whitmarsh with his communications staff, picking through the wreckage of their day. Whitmarsh faced the media this afternoon and said that the team did not lie to the FIA stewards The stewards have released material this evening that appears to prove that they did lie. More…

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Posted on April 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

There was a lot of energy in the paddock this afternoon as McLaren went into crisis management mode, with head of communications Matt Bishop (ex F1 racing editor) and Steve Cooper (ex F1 racing journo). Scrums of TV crews and hardened journos waited around outside the teams offices in groups waiting for Hamilton or his boss Martin Whitmarsh to speak. The chat was all about what punishment they would be given. Many questioned how Hamilton could have told reporters straight after he got out of the car that the team had told him to let Trulli past, but then gone More…

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Posted on April 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

New McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has just come out into the Sepang paddock to speak to the media after the news that Lewis Hamilton and the team have been thrown out of the results of the Australian Grand Prix for ‘deliberately misleading’ the stewards over the incident with Jarno Trulli, involving overtaking behind the safety car. “Lewis was instructed to give the place back to Trulli, “said Whitmarsh. “The team thought, having not seen the incident, that it was the safest thing to do. That instruction was given to Lewis and he didn’t agree. Before that discussion was finished, More…

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Posted on April 2, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

I’m grateful to Robbie for sending me the link to YouTube where there is an extract of Toyota team radio, which gives a vivid picture of what it he experienced when Lewis Hamilton passed him in the final stages of that Australian GP. Trulli slows down to let him repass, but he doesn’t pass. Hamilton is in front of the stewards, two of whom were Melbourne stewards, as I write this. Some bits I pulled out from the Trulli recording which I find interesting – Trulli says that if he has a KERS car behind him he is ‘in trouble’ More…

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Posted on April 1, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

A story has just appeared on the Auto Motor und Sport website in Germany, which could have explosive consequences for Lewis Hamilton and McLaren this weekend. It is written by Michael Schmidt, who is one of the most respected journalists in F1. The gist of the article is that Lewis Hamilton may have some explaining to do to the stewards, for what he said to them in Melbourne, which led to him deposing Jarno Trulli for third place. The story is headlined “Did Hamilton tell the truth?”. “Possibly the exclusion of Jarno Trulli in the season opener in Melbourne must More…

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Posted on April 1, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

Twitter seems to be overloaded at the moment, so this is just a brief post to say that it’s just started hammering down with rain here in Kuala Lumpur. That doesn’t mean it’s going to rain on Sunday afternoon, although there is a 60% chance, apparently, as afternoon turns to evening. It does mean that the weather has broken. I’ve been here since the early hours of Tuesday and it’s been sunny and dry the whole time, Now I’m sitting in the open sided lobby of the hotel (the only place you can get a wireless signal) and we have More…

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Posted on April 1, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

The Brawn team moves on to Sepang this weekend with a maximum points haul in the championship so far and the chance to double that advantage. With its huge downforce, excellent balance and thumpingly powerful engine, the Brawn Mercedes car should be even more superior to the opposition on the fast flowing sweeps of Sepang. But there are still a few areas the team needs to work on. Because there were only seven days of testing before the start of the season, they had to focus on reliability and race performance work. There was no time to look at maximising More…

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Posted on April 1, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

Just had an email from Toyota saying that they will not be pursuing their appeal against the penalty given to Jarno Trulli on Sunday, which cost him third place finish. “Following the decision by Australian Grand Prix stewards to impose a 25-second time penalty on Jarno Trulli, Toyota Motorsport filed notification of its intent to appeal. This action was taken to preserve any right it may have to utilise the appeal procedure and to give it time to consider in appropriate detail all the facts relating to the incident. Having considered recent judgments of the International Court of Appeal and More…

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Posted on March 31, 2009
James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1 | Formula 1 / F1 | Page 288

Very interesting piece on the Guardian site today, quoting a Brawn team ‘insider’ talking about how much faster the car is capable of going than we saw on Sunday. It’s interesting because Ross will not like this very much at all. He didn’t get where he is today by giving anything away and this gives a bit too much away. That said, it does deflect attention away from the diffuser, suggesting, as they used to do in Brawn’s Ferrari days, that the thing everyone thinks is the key to speed, isn’t and that the key lies elsewhere. “I think, basically, More…

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