Hamilton looks to build bridges with apologies for Monaco outburst
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Hamilton looks to build bridges with apologies for Monaco outburst
Posted By: James Allen  |  30 May 2011   |  11:41 pm GMT  |  380 comments

Racing drivers very rarely say sorry, especially the really competitive ones who regard winning as their birthright.

Senna, Schumacher and the like rarely used the ‘S’ word. Schumacher was asked to on numerous occasions, but only did so under extreme duress, such as post Jerez 1997 when Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo demanded that he host a press conference and apologise for his collision with Jacques Villeneuve.

Hamilton: Sorry not the hardest word (Darren Heath)


Today Lewis Hamilton has apologised to Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado for any offence caused by his comments after the race, when he complained about them not giving him room when he attempted to overtake and indeed for turning in on him.

The subject has ignited furious debate online with both sides of the argument well represented.

Hamilton used twitter to send his message to drivers and fans alike,

“Hey guys. I wanted to apologise 4 last weekends performance & also my comments after, I never meant to offend no1.”

“I would also like to say thank u 2 everyone on here, 4 their positive messages & also 2 the angry messages. I can respect them both.”

“2 Massa & Maldonado, with the greatest respect I apologise if I offended u. Both of u r fantastic drivers who I regard highly.”

“2 my fans lost & my fans won, I wish u nothing but love & happiness. God Bless u. Onwards & upwards, Montreal next. Lewis”

The fact that Hamilton has apologised in this way, following his apology to the stewards for questioning their integrity on Sunday night, shows that he’s realised how far in the wrong he was in his comments.

Fans will debate long and hard as to whether he was entitled to feel aggrieved for being penalised when trying to pass. But his apologies will go a long way to repairing any ill feeling which may have been caused.

In short, it was a smart move and he didn’t take too long to make it either.

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1

Wow James, I just read ALL these comments!!!!! Any prizes available? 🙂

And after all that, I too have my own opinion/s.

1. The internet is too free and some people realllly shouldn’t be allowed to use it.

2. As far as the passes go, ALL racing incidents……and not ONlY because they were ALL RACING!!!

3. If I were LH, I would not speak to the press EVER after a race again, you want my opinion? Find me at the Official Press Conference…….after I’ve had my cold towel, a drink of water and a cooldown!!

Besides that, looking forward to Lewis taking Montreal by the scruff of the neck and hopefully, Vettel can take pole again, with Lewis 2nd and Alonso 3rd let’s see this long awaited battle!!

2

Quoting Suzi Perry here from her Telegraph piece on the coming Catalunya MotoGP.

“I’m not especially keen to see MotoGP degenerate into a festival of politeness (“No, no, after you, I insist!”), but also find it hard to subscribe to the notion that riders need to start leaving each other room. “

FIA stewards please take note!

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I would love to see how Lewis Hamilton gets on in The Apprentice, we all know how Lord Alan Sugar likes a straight talker, gets to the point. Lewis is a brilliant driver, and through his current struggles he will win another world championship. This crop of drivers is the best that has been in the sport in many years and competition is high. He wont win as many Schumacher, but will he win as many as Senna, we will have to wait and see.

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Sorry James, but I feel you’ve been a bit too gullible on this case. What we ssaw on the live BBC feed was raw frustration and a genuine expression of the Hamilton character. As was noted by the interviewer on the 5Live broadcast later, usually when LH knows he’s hacked off he politely tells her he has nothing to say, on this occassion he came with a purpose, and the way he expressed it was incredibly ill thought out and fruitless to his cause.

I also note that his new agency was nowhere to be seen on the biggest event on the3 F1 calendar, one can only imagine if his father had been by his side…

I’m sorry but as its been well reported he returned to the track ‘shortly’ after making his comments to apologise to the stewards, and the only confirmation we’ve had of this apology is from his team boss.

McLaren PR-recovery in overdrive. LH needs to take a (further) leaf out of JB’s book!

5

To paraphrase the immortal words of Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton is a poor man’s Ayrton Senna ;-))) … Or the F1 equivalent of Cheryl Cole, lots of bling bling no personality and no brain. Why on hearth take Simon Fuller’s company who knows bugger all about motor racing as his management? Did that bring any good to the former Honda F1 Team to have its communication managed by Fuller’s team? Of course not!

Lewis owes everything he got to McLaren he would be well advised to remember it instead of trashing his team publicly on a regular basis as soon as things don’t go his way. On occasion Jenson, Fernando and Seb all won races by calling the shots from the cockpit.Correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me that so far Lewis as always in his career relied entirely on his team for strategy so if he is not happy with McLaren tactic he should start calling the shots as his competitor do much more that him. Remember Lewis that McLaren could easily get fed up with your tantrum and sign the very talented (and respectful) Paul Di Resta to replace you or even NIco Hulkenberg… I think this is exactly what McLaren should do, sign Paul Di Resta asap.

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He decided to stay out with the broken rear wing, the team called him in. So that was his call…turned out for the better didn’t it?

Despite all that happened in that race he went from 9th to 6th and got 8 points. Nice drive really, bar ONE incident with Massa that was more his fault and he was penalised for (i’ve posted many time about how the Maldonado incident wasn’t his fault and i’ll argue that one out with anyone who wants to listen.)

I don’t really care what any of them say after the race. They are only racing drivers, not politicians.

Oddly I think Hamilton is shocked by what he says being such a big deal…he was angry had a pop and all of us and the media made it a big deal, not him….

I have a feeling he’s wondering what all the fuss is about…If he is…I tend to agree with him!

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There is no way that McLaren will voluntarily get rid of Lewis.

But one point I do agree with is Lewis being reliant on the team for all strategic decisions.

Although he had a point re Monaco. McLaren have decades of experience racing there (ie much more than Lewis) and they should have decided one late run in qualifying was far too risky.

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The sport has spent a lot of time and money trying to make overtaking easier – DRS, KERS etc. so in that light I do think it’s strange when a driver is penalised for trying to overtake.

In my opinion given that F1 WANTS more overtaking I think in 50/50 situations the benefit of the doubt should be given to the driver trying to overtake, rather than automatically penalising for ‘avoidable’ accident. C’mon all accidents are avoidable if you don’t TRY to overtake.

Lewis’ penalties have basically set the precedent that says: if any driver comes up the inside and tries to overtake in Monaco all the defending driver has to do is turn in on them and make sure there is contact. Then the attacking driver will definitely be penalised.

Lewis gave Schumacher space on the hairpin and Schumacher gave Lewis space on turn one. That is two professionals who know how to race.

The Maldonado move was not much different to the move Hamilton made on Schumacher, the difference is that Maldonado is less experienced and didn’t know when the corner was lost.

Massa was clearly peeved at Lewis claiming he had held him up in qualifying and aggressively turned in on Lewis when he had no need to. His mindset was clear from the resulting tunnel incident. Massa did not know when to give up an overtake and crashed as a result.

In summary for a sport which is hell-bent on encouraging more overtaking with these penalties in Monaco they are sending out the wrong signals

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Check out these great photos and analysis of the Hamilton/ Schumi and then Maldanado overtakes. Causing an avoidable accident? Looks like it was Pastor that caused the accident to me when like schumi he could have avoided it and scored more valuable points for williams.

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/8572/hamiltonmonaco2011t1.jpg

http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/3797/hamiltonmonacoturn1b.jpg

These moves should be encouraged not penalised. Crazy for DiRista to be punished and subsequently Lewis twice!

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These photos are excellent.

It seems very clear that Hamilton was in an almost identical position and approach to the Schumacher pass.

If we accept that that is clear then it’s a question of who caused the ‘avoidable’ accident. The defender for closing the door, or the attacking driver trying to overtake.

If F1 want to encourage overtaking then they CANNOT start penalising people for legitimate overtaking moves which end in contact because the defending driver rashly turns in.

The result will be that no driver will opt to go for a risky moves where they have to rely on the driver in front being sensible

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Thanks, GP, great explanation.

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Compare these two events:

1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUCw8J9byds at 00:40

2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdTkmLHRTkw at 00:01

It’s the similar move. The difference is:

1) is what you call “passes made when there’s a level of co-operation from the guy being passed”. While 2) is what you call “closing the stable door after the horse has bolted”.

He doesn’t need to apologise!!

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The lack of camera angles from the FIA director at the weekend didn’t help Hamilton. The more i look at both at them, the more i think they were 50/50 racing incidents. Are we actively discouraging drivers to overtake? I think Senna said it best.

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At this point, Lewis has placed himself in the same position as an NBA basketball player (e.g., Rasheed Wallace) or a Premiership football player (e.g. Wayne Rooney) who complains to or about the ref every time he’s called for a foul, no matter how obvious the foul. Players like that do NOT get the benefit of the doubt on close calls. More often than not, they’ll be whistled for the tech or see a yellow card.

Who had more reason to be upset and disappointed after the three big races on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton, JR Hildebrand or Dale Earnhardt, Jr.? Are stewards’ penalties for colliding with other cars at Monaco comparable to losing one of the other Races That Need No Explanation To The Non-fan by crashing in the final turn of the final lap, literally within sight of the checkered flag? Or losing a race by running out of fuel going into the final turn, thereby extending a race-winless streak to 111 races?

I assume (I hope wrongly) that few European racing fans were able to watch (is there regular coverage of Indycar and NASCAR?), and that (JA and Paul DiResta aside!) even fewer in the F1 paddock were interested in watching, either the Indy 500 or the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600. But it is interesting to contrast Hamilton’s reactions with those of Hildebrand and Earnhardt, Jr.

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Williams4Ever

To add to your point, in every sport out there players get slammed with wrong/marginal penalties by referees a lot of time, but that doesn’t give the players right to go ballistic with their dissent, and whenever they go ballistic they are further penalized with suspension(and or financial penalties). As standard statement goes no individual is greater than sport.

Of course sport is there any sport left which once commercialized is played in spirit of camaraderie that’s a topic for another post 🙂

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No one has yet to address how Lewis has belittled his team through the media on various occasions. I don’t know him but it seems he cannot control his emotions and it showed both on and off the track yesterday.

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I don’t think he’s belittled his team.

He praises them highly when they do well and sometimes questions decisions when things don’t go well.

No really an issue for me

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I don’t know if anyone has seen the onboard footage from both incidents, but I would urge people to take the time to have a look.

When I saw the two incidents in the race with Massa/Maldanado, I thought Lewis was at fault.

Having seen the onboard footage of both incidents, it’s not that clear cut.

Martin Brundle seemed to think the penalty for Lewis was a bit harsh for the incident with Maldanado but fair for the incident with Massa, although Anthony Davidson seemed to think the opposite for both incidents.

Just goes to show how subjective these things can be and would a different driver steward have come to a different conclusion.

IMHO, I think they were both racing incidents but would like to know your thoughts James…

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I think it is obvious from the level of debate that it’s not clear cut. Both fall into the ‘I’m coming through so give me room’ category, that’s for sure. Felt for Maldonado losing his result.

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It seems to me that the approach was “I’m coming through or we both crash”. OK, an experienced driver like MS might give way in his own interests but that doesn’t make it a fair move. The risk for the overtaking driver is that if bullying your way through doesn’t come off, or if you make contact, you get a penalty. That’s the risk.

Alonso was penalised in Malaysia because he made (minor) contact while trying to overtake. Hence, the precedent was set. By that standard, clearly established this year, there is no question about whether to apply a penalty. This was a change. Things had not been so strict before that.

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but the fact that all these contacts, some rather minor ones i say, has taken the central stage of this debate, and hamilton getting penalised for it does show something right? f1 is being turned from shirt-pulling football into tiptoe ballet dancing. safety? yea, fine. but im afraid ppl are starting to overdo things.

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Alonso’s contact really was avoidable. Acres of space to move around Hamilton he chose to leave it far to late and damaged the back of Hamilton’s car. Hamilton can not be held in any way responsible for this contact.

To me this is not comparable to getting alongside a driver in the tight circuit of Monaco and then the driver in front turns into you expecting you to disappear into thin air.

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[Mod]

Lewis can drive no doubt about that. but its all come too fast & maybe a little too easy.

maybe the team should drop him, it might do him some good, there’s so much great new talent to replace him & save a few quid.

he’d have only one place to go & that would be Red Bull & seeing him race Seb in equal cars would be good.

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Lewis is a great driver and like a lot of great sportspeople he has his flaws. I think we put too much pressure on sportspeople in general to be perfect role models – they are still human beings after all!

I think it’s great that he has apologised (don’t really see an issue in doing over twitter as it reaches a lot of his fans and gets the message across) and I’m sure he will apologise in person to Massa and Maldanado, if he hasn’t done so already.

This year in his interviews he has seemed a lot more relaxed and open in his answers in general, but I feel after the furore of last weekend we won’t see that again from Lewis which is a real shame.

Whether people like to admit it or not, F1 would not be as exciting without Lewis and I’m sure if he leaves the sport a lot of fans would stop watching.

Hopefully Lewis, the media and the fans/viewers of the sport can move on from this incident and look forward to what has been a great season so far…

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If the FIA will not permit the aggressive drivers to take the inside line at the apex, then so be it. But explain to me why they do nothing, absolutely nothing, to the double, triple, quadruple-moving blockers like Massa and Shumi. I suppose that a block, weave or chop only becomes illegal if it causes an accident. Well, as I see it, if Massa et al can force a penalty by turning into the path of the aggressive driver at the apex, then the aggressive drivers should let the chop blockers hit them in the straights. This seems stupid but the FIA has created this mess, not me.

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F1 needs to get more ‘Americanized’. Is it any wonder fire-brand drivers like Montoya,Villeneue and now Kimi have all found the laid back,politically-incorrect but old boys “lets go racing” attitude of NASCAR much more conducive than stiff lipped F1 ? Make no mistakes about it, i am not too pleased with Hamilton’s repeated self-pitying, but had F1 been the way NASCAR/IRL is, nobody would have thought twice about his comments.

An angry Danica Patrick trying to smash someone’s head with her crash-helmet is perfectly acceptable in IRL where these dramas add more viewers, but F1 somehow likes to remain squeaky-clean although has more behind the curtains politics than any other form of motorsports.

About time we let the drivers be humans and not bots.

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Danica Patrick has more balls than Hamilton can ever have. Hamilton will always whine behind people’s backs (like Prost did) and then cowardly apologise through Twitter before he has to face them in the next race. And yeah’.. Way to Go Gal (Danica) !!!

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Williams4Ever

the laid back,politically-incorrect but old boys “lets go racing” attitude of NASCAR much more conducive than stiff lipped F1

>> Last week Kyle Busch was caught for speeding driving Lexus LFA at 120 MPH+ in 45MPH zone. This was private matter and no where related to his racing. But the man went public to apologize to his fans as he doesn’t want to set wrong example on his fans.

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Leaving this here.

“I hope the Hamilton apology is only about the comments and not about the events on the track because he was right about the events on the track.

Here is the prove clear and bright. The stewards are nothing but… well i can’t write the word.

1)Maldonado event.

Look where Barrichelo(the car turning) takes the corner. Look where his back wheels are. Hamilton is already by the side of Maldonado btw.

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

Then the time for HRT to take the turn. It takes it slightly tighter than Rubens.

Last two pics you can see Maldonado looking at the direction of Lewis, he knows his there and he knows his about to lose the position and he has to conceit.

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

http://img811.imageshack.us/img811/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

But what does he do? He just turns in to Hamilton. Look at his line of turning compare to the two cars that turn before in above pics? He turned a full car length quicker exactly like Hamilton said and he did it exactly to stop Hamilton because well that’s not the line you usually take. Why did he take that line?

Look at the last two pics how Hamilton completely goes at the outside of the kerp to avoid him but that guy keeps turning in on him.

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

EVEN a BLIND MAN sees it’s Maldonado fault. It’s completely crazy and revolting how the stewards acted and how Hamilton has to apologize to that little devil while he can play the innocent little angel.

Massa incident.

Pics speak by themselves.

Massa turns in on him. Hamilton completely rides the kerb trying to avoid him but Massa behaves like his alone on the track. What a joke!

http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/2343/monaco1.jpg

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4214/monaco2i.jpg

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/8646/monaco3.jpg

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/4578/28df7b292.jpg

Same place Schumi overtakes Hamilton. Hamilton completely respects the other car and doesn’t turn into him.

http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/1350/f12011race6monacoracehd.jpg

Take notice how the place at the track where the second pic is, is even more in-frond from the place that Massa already has turned on Hamilton. You can compare the part of the track by counting the red lines of the kerb.

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4214/monaco2i.jpg

Absolutely revolting! Stewards making a mockery of racing and fans letting their personal hate and their lack of knowledge prevail accusing the guy about his comments but no one bothering that the facts on the track are a joke.

Having a problem with the comments but not having a problem with the even worse abuse happening on the track is unbelievable. Are we watching F1 for the racing or for the soap-opera?

If Hamilton apologized for the comments then those two bad jokes for drivers should apologize back about their driving and acknowledge their faults.

Hamlton’s anger while commenting hurt him severely because it took the focus out of the fact that the events on the track are absolutely unfair against him and that he was 100% right.

But if i got penalized after those, well i will be going crazy and making theories in my mind too because it’s just absolutely frustrating and unfair.”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYiNKYaviZI&feature=player_embedded

Very interesting angle.

Maldonado is all over the place and definitely turns in on him.

Also looks like he weaves a couple of times in front of him??

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My favorite clip. You might not want to show that around since the LEFT side of Hamilton’s car is running over the bollard marking the edge of the pit lane exit.

The weaving was Lewis moving the camera around. I’ll give you one thing. You can’t call F1 boring that’s for sure.

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I’m willing, as a fan to give a driver some leeway when it comes to post race comments when he’s still suffering from a bit of the red mist. Alonso, Barichello, Massa and others have had their moments like this. As for his apologies, I am not capable of looking into another man’s heart to know if he is sincere or not. I’ve never been a big Lewis Hamilton fan, but this is a whole not of nothing.

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James, the guy is 26 years old, 26. I’d be very worried if I was conducting myself like this at 16 let alone 6. Compare him, although a different sport to Rafael Nadal who is a similar age and has been top of his game for the last couple of years and how much greater respect he has for his sport and his rivals. As a champion, come expectations, you should exude class, grace, respect and Lewis is sadly severely lacking in all 3 of these departments. As some people have pointed out no one driver is bigger than the sport.

I hear what you are saying about twitter becoming quite a widely used forum/medium to present news which i agree with, but it is not the right medium to attempt to atone for your misdemeanours, just like it isn’t cool to dump your girlfriend via text message!

34

Crash, bang, whallop. What does it take for a front wheel to come off a Mclaren?

35

I think Hamilton has every right to feel frustrated. Imagine being penalised for racing incidents where the other driver is the one who tried to barge a car out of the way in what they would laughably call “defending”.

Look at the second incident with the Williams again. Hamilton wasn’t squeezing through a gap that wasn’t there…Maldonando cut across so agressively, he would have hit the bollards has the Mclaren not been there.

In fact, the Williams was dammed near over the kerbs with both wheels at the time of the impact. The stewarding has gotten much better since the Max’s days of having is pal and Ferrari contractor on the panel, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes.

I don’t think Lewis has anything to apologise for. Neither for his conduct during the race, or his comments afterwards. If certain drivers don’t like an honest opinion of their conduct that’s just too bad.

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i second that.

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James,

Have you seen some of the screen grab comparisons of the Hamilton incidents in places like Joe Salward f1 and various other online F1 news outlets. There seems to be a growing case that Hamilton did have a bit of a point, especially in the Maldonardo accident which Sam Michael described as a ‘racing incident’.

If only he hadn’t’ve shot his mouth off in the way he did he could’ve come out of this looking like the wronged party, as it is no one cares that he might actually have had a point because of the language he used. I’m not talking about the ‘frikin’ either.

Ben

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A few Hamilton fans drawing lines on some screengrabs isn’t anything near a growing case.

We all saw what happened on video, in motion. It was a daring move but it was also 4 wheels outside of the track and was always going to end in failure.

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I’d agree with you if it were just Hamilton fans but what do you make of sam Michael saying it was just a racing incident? Also having watched the massa/ Hamilton onboard video (available on youtube) it’s not quite as clear cut as it seemed, particularly what happened in the tunnel. Massa went on to the marbles before Hamilton pulled alongside him, that’s why he was able to get into that position as massa had no traction. It was entirely massas fault yet some have said Hamilton forced him that wide which isn’t the case, have a look at the onboard, if you can’t see that then fair enough you’re entitled to your opinion,

B

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I find it interesting that Lewis’ character seems to have changed a little this year, he cuts a more frustrated figure these days. Is it only a coincidence that he has new management?

I think that since entering the sport he felt he owed a lot to McLaren given the history he has with the team. However, the influence from his new management may be opening his eyes a little with regards to other teams and other opportunities. Opportunities leading to success.

Don’t think that I am trying to take blame away from him, it’s his choice to feel aggrieved and point the finger but I believe that the mindset of a driver who sees a future in his current team doesn’t lead to him making remarks we all saw on Sunday afternoon in Monaco.

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Where would he go though?

Not Ferrari. He does not play well with Fernando and Fernando is there until 2016.

Red Bull? As a number two driver? Vettel would have to leave the team first. Vettel is the chosen one, remember? Does anyone see Vettel leaving? To go where? To be number two at Ferrari in a new era of team orders? Not likely.

If Lewis went anywhere else and he would have to go in knowing he would be building the team around him, attracting some sponsors and heavy-hitting personnel and then have success following a few hard years of toil later — if it ever came. However, if that long game is his plan then he might be better off taking that mindset on board and sticking with the well resourced McLaren team. The team where he is the incumbent chosen one.

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There is cartoon called ‘Sheep in the Big City’. The show always ends with guy called ‘The Ranting Swede’. Well, All I can say is that F1 has found its very own ‘The Ranting Brit’.

And Dream on to all those who compare him to Senna. This guy is always complaining and finding faults in everyone and everything but himself and does anyone recall what Senna said about Prost? “Prost is always complaining about everything, its never his fault but everyone else’s” (or something similar).

The only Brit in F1 we, the rest of the Non-Brit World like is Jenson Button. He is a true British extruding true British Gentleman’s Behaviour.

Senna said “if you no longer go for a gap then you are no longer a racing driver”. I think Hamilton misread it for “if you don’t drive over your competitors you are no longer a racing driver”. Maybe Hamilton should be sent to school to get his basic comprehension in life right.

I am no fan of Pastor, but he drove brilliantly and no one had the right to put him in the wall just coz he has a Senna-Complex.

Mclaren is by far the fastest car on the grid. In certain situations its faster than Redbull by a country mile. And look where Vetel is compared to where Hamilton is. The championship table says it all.

Interesting Fact: In Asia, It is Alonso who is now being compared to Senna. To which I disagree but this is what is slowly being gathering ground here. Alonso’s popularity is steady on a rise by leaps and bounds in Asia. For Senna had his flaws as does Alonso, but Senna was compassionate towards his fellow drivers, Martin Donnelly, driving to the spot of Ronald Ratzenberger’s accident, etc. He never would ever call his fellow colleague ‘Stupid’ as Hamilton did, he never said that or anything similar about his greatest rival Prost, mind you Senna’s last word about Prost was “We miss you Alain”. So, there is nothing like Senna in Hamilton. He only has a Senna-Complex.

I think the right conduct of driver plays an important role in a driver’s popularity.

And Vetel’s, Alonso’s and Button’s individual conducts have been immaculate so far.

So, Mr. Hamilton, with Talent comes Responsibility, while your colleagues realised that and enjoying best of both the worlds you on the other hand are being laughed at.

Thank you all 🙂

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[quote]Mclaren is by far the fastest car on the grid. In certain situations its faster than Redbull by a country mile. And look where Vetel is compared to where Hamilton is. The championship table says it all.[/quote]

Erm – what have you been watching. The Red Bull has been close to a second quicker in quali several times this season

[quote]For Senna had his flaws as does Alonso, but Senna was compassionate towards his fellow drivers,…..He never would ever call his fellow colleague ‘Stupid….[/quote]

you mean like when he punched Eddie Irvine and called him a ****ing idiot?

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I was referring to the race pace here, the points are awarded for that is it not? 🙂

Senna’s compassion towards his fellow drivers outweighed his occasional outbursts. Furthermore, he went and sorted things out his grievances like a man, not go whining about behind backs like Prost did and as Hamilton does.

For you all its like when Vetel wins its the car and when Hamilton wins its only down to him. I would like to see Hamilton drive and win in a Torro Rosso… Oh’ Wait… didn’t Vetel already did that? 🙂

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Ah is that right? Ask yourself this.. How many laps does it take to record a fastest lap… Last time I checked it was a single lap, its similar to a qualifying lap phenomena… both span out for ONE lap, but a race I presume comprises of more en’ one lap.. am I correct?

I look into things in a far more indepth manner than most, its a part o’ my job… so here it is:

Redbull super quick but inconsistent in race conditions.

Mclaren second quickest but has the most consistent race pace.

Speaking of Webber, may I ask how many races has he won? for when I checked last it was Vetel 5 Hamilton 1 Webber 0 Alonso 0.

Having said that… There is obviously an element of Debate whether its Vetel or Redbull. To an extent it is Vetel in China (though his defence was unsuccessful), Spain and Monaco were clear examples of his defence abilities.

However, in the two of the above three races, he was had a KERS deficit, it seems Redbull has sorted it out in Monaco, so a true gauge o’ Redbull’s race pace will be gauged in Canada.

I still feel Mclaren is the car one would want in race conditions while Redbull for Qualifying.

However, let me be the first to point out that Ferraris are getting off the grid better than any car out there, Alonso’s starts in Spain and Monaco. It is rather reminiscent of Renaults electrifying starts off the grid during Alonso’s Championship years at Renault. Maybe, just maybe Ferraris and Alonso are working on something similar principles to counter their lack of speed in qualifying compared to the Redbulls and the Mclarens and I strongly feel that Mclaren should also work on this, for the deficit in qualifying to the Redbulls are phenomenal.

So, BB, I don’t just post anything here, I’m extremely educated and intelligent to post meaningless posts here 🙂

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If the McLaren is by far the fastest car on the grid, home come Webber has so many fastest laps this year?

Sounds to me like you will post anything, even when the facts show that it clearly isn’t true

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