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Survey shows Tifosi fear Hamilton
Posted By: James Allen  |  28 Jan 2010   |  7:05 pm GMT  |  142 comments

McLaren are putting the finishing touches to their new MP4/25 car in Woking this evening and in the early hours of the morning will be driving it down the motorway to Newbury for the launch tomorrow. Meanwhile Ferrari have unveiled their car today and are preparing to drive it to Valencia for its first test on Monday. Both teams are hoping that 2010 will be their year after disappointing 2009 campaigns.

Much has been said today about the new Ferrari and the drivers have spoken about who they believe the main opposition will be for this season. But tonight a survey in Italy’s leading sports paper, La Gazzetta dello Sport, shows that Ferrari fans, known as the tifosi, emphatically believe that Lewis Hamilton is the danger man for this year’s championship.

Will it be Alonso vs Hamilton again? Photo: Ferrari

Will it be Alonso vs Hamilton again? Photo: Ferrari


At the time of writing around 4,000 tifosi have responded to the survey. Asked who they feared the most this season, 45 % of them voted Hamilton, ahead of Michael Schumacher on 37%. Sebastian Vettel polled just 14% of the votes. The survey does not make positive reading for reigning world champion Jenson Button, who polled a mere 4%.

Speaking at the Ferrari launch today, Fernando Alonso dismissed suggestions that this could be one of the most open championships in years, with Mercedes, McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull all in contention,

“This possibility is there, but I don’t agree with it. I think at the end of the day, two or three drivers will fight for the championship and two teams will fight for the constructors’ title, ” he said. “It would be nice to have four or five teams at the same level, but this is not reality. When you come to the first races you realize that there are one or two cars better than the rest. Hopefully we will be one of those cars.”

What do you think?

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1

Interesting article. The flip side to that coin is that if you polled most McLaren fans they would probably all claim that Alonso and Ferrari are the biggest threats for 2010. Drivers who will fight for the title.

Hamilton, Alonso, Vettel, Massa.

2010 World Champion. Sebastien Vettel

2. Fernando Alonso 3. Lewis Hamilton 4. Felipe Massa.

Vettel to win by a point, Alonso and Hamilton within a point of each other. Massa one or two points behind Hamilton.

2

I don’t like hamilton, don’t like his attitude, he’s quick but only in a good car, he might even show something in a not too good car like he did last season when McLaren was struggling to keep up with the front runner, though I think there are better drivers than him, let’s not forget he won that 2008 championship thanks to the well known italian incompetence at the Scuderia, their broken engines and bizarre errors cost 23 points to Massa, that’s why hamilton won that season

And if I were in the grid, I would probably “fear” Alonso, Kimi (if he were there) Vettel and others instead of hamilton, that’s for sure

3

And do not forget he nearly lost the 2008 championship because of FIA bias – not to mention FIA intimidating him in 2007 with stewards in the McLaren garage (Brazil) after a $100 million penalty earlier in the season!

4

My gut feeling is that it will be a year of domination of Merc and McMerc with Jenson and Michael fighting for the WDC.

5

Heart says Jenson, head says Lewis. I’ll go with head for now…

Can’t wait for Lew vs Schu!

Ferrari aren’t in it these days, IMO

6

Dont right button off, the new rules will suit him. Plus he is under no presure and confident

7

I would have said Hamilton….but now that Schuey and Brawn are back together, it fills this Ferrari fan with dread and anticipation and it feels fantastic.

I do hope the F10 is F’Fast.

My heart say’s Felipe…my head say’s Hamilton…but my gut say’s Schuey.

8

It will be the battle of the Champions:

Alonso vs Hamilton vs Schumacher

9

If it’s the battle of the Champions wouldn’t Jenson be in with a shout?

10

Jenson will be the underdog 🙂

11

I’m waiting until testing is complete before I put my hand in my pocket for a wager. IMO Hamilton is the true “racer” out there, but who knows? That’s what’s good about the pre-season hype! McLaren launch today on-line at 11.00!

12

Why fear Hamilton when they haven’t seen what the Macca is capable of this season?

13

2010 hangs on Brawn and how good their car is. 2009 was compromised by the very late engine change, then halfway through the season it fell back into a very tight midfield.

Yes, they had an advantage with the Diffuser, but it was clearly also a very good car. If they have taken that momentum and carried it sucessfully into 2010, I am not sure anybody can catch MS and NR.

Hamilton is still the most talented and exciting driver out there by some distance, the Tifosi saw what he did to Kimi and know what they are looking at. Some other drivers fans are still in denial it seems, even if their heroes have been shown to have feet of clay.

14

James, i remember back in Spa 2005 when you were commenting about Schumi sort of handing over the baton to Alonso in Formula 1. Alonso’s WDCs were given some credibility because he raced against Schumacher and beat him.

Im sure Lewis would want a WDC racing against Schumacher just to solidify his status more than anything. Lewis has the capacity to extract more out of the McLaren ,a trait that Schumacher possessed througout his career. My money is 100% on Lewis this year, with Alonso finishing second.

Schumacher as much as i want him to win it, i can see this year as a bit of a struggle. He’s no longer the Red Baron in a lot of the younger drivers eyes, he’s an old legend coming back to try and prove something.

15

“… will be driving it down the motorway …”

I did wonder what that silver and grey flash was that shot past me this morning! I didn’t notice any reg plates, the rear windsreen wiper wasn’t working and nor was the offside brake light… how did it pass it’s MOT!?! No tax disk either… tsk, tsk. 😉

[Sorry – couldn’t resist!]

16

“McLaren are putting the finishing touches to their new MP4/25 car in Woking this evening and in the early hours of the morning will be driving it down the motorway to Newbury for the launch tomorrow. Meanwhile Ferrari have unveiled their car today and are preparing to drive it to Valencia for its first test on Monday.”

I know that there’s costs to be cut but do the teams no longer have transporters?

17

Sorry the only ‘Man to beat’ has to be the reigning champion surely?

18

Hi James, interesting poll there, however it can be interpreted in a another way.. it could also mean that the Tifosi know that Michael has nothing else left to prove, he’s out there to have fun, where as lewis hamilton and co, have got a fair bit to prove. if anything they’ll all be hungry to have a shot at beating the 7x World beater.

19

I’m an Alonso fan, but voting for Hamilton. Overtaking doesn’t seem to be getting easier, and Alonso is not among the best qualifiers.

In 2005 and 2006 he had a car that could get great starts and that helped a lot – along with his skill at getting through crowds without touching anybody. I think the change away from strategy-based racing may hurt him too, because consistently good laptimes won’t be enough to get you past someone in front of you.

20

Let’s not forget the season that Massa had in 2008 and the season he was having last year before suffered some bad luck. He is my #1 but I do think that Hamilton, Alonso and MS will be there fighting him the whole season.

21

Jenson impressed me a lot last year,and I believe he may well get the better of Lewis this year.I think he is very underestimated talent.

22

I think this survey says more about who frequents this site than it does about who is the better driver. English speaking site = British fan base = Hamilton top choice. The bottom line is, this is a critical year for Lewis. He’s got to prove he can live up to the constant hype about how great a driver he is. There is little in the way of consistent data thus far to prove him in the league of Schumi, Senna etc. Best of luck to him.

23

If you bother to read the article you will find that the survey was conducted in an Italian newspaper.

24

Which is why my money stays in my pocket

25

“McLaren are putting the finishing touches to their new MP4/25 car in Woking this evening and in the early hours of the morning will be driving it down the motorway to Newbury for the launch tomorrow.”

Early hours of the morning or not. That has to be illegal. Will be hard to avoid the temptation to go over 70mph.

26

“McLaren are putting the finishing touches to their new MP4/25 car in Woking this evening and in the early hours of the morning will be driving it down the motorway”

Now that would be a sight (and sound) to behold.

27

it is very clear to me:

still the same

Schuey vs Newey

or

new Schumi vs real Schumi 🙂

28

Given a good car, Hamilton might be fearing his team mate Jenson Button.

29

I wonder if the rear suspension is going tonbe copied as well

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