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Posted By: James Allen  |  02 Jun 2014   |  2:40 pm GMT  |  589 comments

This Sunday the Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will go head to had once again in the Canadian Grand Prix and over the weekend Hamilton took steps to tone down the bitter atmosphere, which had sprung up between them in Monaco.

He posted a tweet with a photo of the pair as kids saying, “We’ve been friends a long time & as friends we have our ups & downs. Today we spoke & we’re cool, still friends #noproblem”

This is worth a moment’s examination.

First it is clear that Hamilton does not – at this stage at least – want this to escalate into a full blown feud, like Mansell and Piquet or Prost and Senna from the past. Both of these were triggered by a breakdown in trust, as was the start of the Hamilton/Rosberg tension.

The build up to Monaco featured both drivers illicitly using a maximum engine mode (Rosberg in Bahrain and Hamilton in Spain) against team wishes. That has been stamped out. But then the affair blew up in Monaco, with Hamilton clearly miffed that Rosberg had deliberately blocked his final run in qualifying to take pole and set himself up for the win. He left no-one in any doubt about that and on Saturday even murmured about taking a leaf from Senna’s book. Post race he was asked about that and said that he hadn’t done that, clearly; in other words he hadn’t taken Rosberg out at the first corner.

Hamilton wanted to turn Monaco to his advantage, but instead he did the opposite: he came across as a bad loser, upset many of his own fans with the way he carried himself, he attracted criticism from some leading lights such as John Surtees, Mika Hakkinen and even FIA steward Derek Warwick. And, of course, the stewards found no proof that Rosberg had done it deliberately.

Hamilton has reflected on these reactions and this has clearly informed his decision to patch things up with Rosberg.


Another important aspect, which he will have realised, is that Montreal is likely to favour him, as he has a fantastic record around there, with three wins and three poles. Along with Hungary it has always been a circuit which suits him more than any other driver out there. Mercedes will have a significant car advantage there and he wants a nice clean weekend, focussed on the job of getting pole, the win and the championship lead back; no distractions.

He does not want to have to fend off media questions about Monaco, Rosberg and all the rest of it. Monaco showed that Rosberg can play that game better. Hamilton’s best approach is to try to beat Rosberg on the track and keep his powder dry on their rivalry.

It is true that they have been friends for many years and that this counts for something. It certainly differentiates them from the other high profile team mate feuds of the past.

On the one hand it shows sensible management of the situation, but it comes only after his instinctive handling of the situation in Monaco backfired. Not for the first time, he has had to change position.

Although it makes a more compelling narrative for the media and encourages the fans to tune in to watch, emotion needs to be kept out of his title campaign.

It is there for the taking; but mastering himself is as important as mastering Rosberg.

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1

Hamilton will fully make up with Rosberg if – and only if – he beats Rosberg for the 2014 Championship. Otherwise it won’t happen…

2
Torchwood Five

James is very impartial, and I recall that after Monaco’s qualifying, where posters criticised Lewis’ behaviour, that James made the point several times, that he had a right to be upset with what transpired.

The claims that the article seems skewed in one direction could be that out of an equation of two drivers, Hamilton and Rosberg, some parts are one-sided.

For instance, how Hamilton’s behaviour has upset some of his fans – no mention of how Rosberg’s fans feel about actions.

Some parts of the media do like to feature both sides of a story, but in this article at least, there were parts covering Lewis without equivalent text focusing on Rosberg.

There is some bias “somewhere” if Lewis behaviour draws comments from F1 stalwarts and fans, but Nico’s does not.

3

Again, Lewis turning the world into a melodrama. Who cares if he’s “ok” with his teammate. Maybe on his visit to the pope, he told him to stop being a crybaby.

Anyways, as a Canadian, here is hoping to see Daniel Riccardo or Kimi winning in Montreal….ok Kimi isn’t going to win. There’s always hope. Everybody who is visiting, enjoy our country.

4

i never write about things i don’t care about.

5
kenneth chapman

as an australian follower of F1 i too enjoy james’ commentary and always take note of his valued opinions. it is all to easy to dash off some garbage comments knowing that they will never have to be tested in the court of reality. the quality of our own commentators is sadly lacking and even AJ, likeable as ever, comes out with some inane and archaic comments from time to time. james is a breath of fresh air.

james does have the cred and the respect of many F1 insiders and that alone is enough for me.

it must be said that hardly anyone can be totally impartial and if james at times seems to be floating an ‘impartial’ opinion remember it is only impartial to those with opposing views that are mainly untested.

there is nothing wrong with putting james to the test though and i am sure that he fully understands and he appears more than often to explain his reasoning, not like another well known blogger who will ban anyone at the blink of an eye for even daring to voice an alternate opinion. i know that because i have been banned on numerous occasions by this rude and self opinionated chap!

so james keep up the good work. i for one thoroughly enjoy your site.

6

Quite a lot of varied opinions on James’s impartiality concerning Hamilton, but what I found interesting were that all of them were quite respectful of Mr Allen’s integrity as an F1 journalist. Unlike many here, I didn’t grow up watching Formula 1, I only started when I was around 25, and the first voice I listened to was that of James Allen on ITV. I was quite disappointed when he left ITV and didn’t do any commentary until he started again a few years ago on Five Live. Now based in Australia, I actually had to pay those VPN websites to pick up BBC 5Live commentary, as I didn’t enjoy some of the TV commentary we get here. But I always followed his websites almost from the start; alongside autosport (when it was free) they are the only websites I follow.

As for his bias, I must say James of course no longer comes across as a big Lewis fan, but he doesn’t do it in an offputting way. I find him much more likeable than Martin Brundle. He also does great work for Channel 10 in Australia so thanks very much for that James. Looking forward to listening to your commentary from the F1 App over the weekend.

7

Well said! Much respect to James for participating in these forums with the rest of us, besides lighting the fuse for some of these debates! I don’t believe James is heavily biased, and I think slight biases are acceptable as they’re human. There is a healthy sense of debate on this forum, which never lacks passion, yet avoids degenerating into abuse.

8

Rosberg looked a proper tool celebrating on Saturday but instead of capitalising on this, Lewis ended up looking like the bad guy with his whining and pouting on Sunday.

I’m the biggest Hamilton fan going but he’s got to get stronger mentally.

10

This is a very long list of opinions and I have not read them all, but if you read languages other than English try a few other web sites. If you only read English you are stuck with getting all your info from pundits who are likely to see things very favourably for Lewis, the top British driver and a meal ticket for many of them.

Cut James some slack. He is a specialist F1 journalist so less likely for nationality bias than TV and newspaper guys.

The stewards have seen the data and Derek Warwick queried details and got satisfactory explanations.

Nico celebrated pole, wouldn’t all of us? If he had known then what a furore would develop over what seem to be false accusations maybe he would have put on a different public display.

11
Mike from Colombia

Frank …you are a legend. Do you still have the tea urn?

12

Got a mug of tea in my hand at the moment.

13

to be fair frank, warwick said he asked rosberg what happened and rosberg said he locked up the rears. video footage show that the rears weren’t locked up at all. warwick could have also seen from the data if the rears were locked up. things would be a lot easier if warwick and his team published a full report of their findings. no need to hide anything. this is normal practice at court.

14

Well Aveli you are pretty determined to stick to your opinion regardless of facts.

If you don’t understand how you can’t lock the rears without stopping the engine, and you did not know that anyway the loss of grip comes way before the wheels actually stop there is no point in further explanation.

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kenneth chapman

@ frank dernie….well said. some people simply can’t grasp the facts irrespective of from where they emanate. thanks for the explanation. i have been following F1 since inception and i still learn something new every day. hopefully we will hear more from you as time goes by.

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It is impossible for the rears to actually lock with the car in gear. What drivers actually mean when they say “locked the rears” is that they were under-rotating. If the tyres are going round significantly less than 90% of the car speed they lose lateral grip.

This would be clear on the data and overlay to Lewis, but can never be seen on video.

17

my wish is to read some words from that wealth of knowledge the gret engineer has. palms being rubbed!

18

at kenneth chapman, is that important? i hope to get some answers though.

19

hello frank dernie, with all due respect, I have seen cars lock all four wheels and I think they have unti stall too.. there are many on here who pretend to be experts and I don’t know who is who bit if james says you are the frank dernie, I cannot dispute that. please do not be offended by my posts and help us develop a better understanding of what we observe.

please explain why we see cars lock all four wheels under braking.

20

I think Frank has said enough, he has been extremely patient for which we are grateful

21

red bull were able to design an engine mapping which allowed the engine to rev in order to used the exhaust produced to blow the diffuser while the car slowed down and went around slow corners. under braking, the current cars harvest energy from he crank shaft. the wheels can lock while the engine runs, after all the clutch connects the engine to the gear box. why do you find this so difficult to understand?

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kenneth chapman

@ aveli….just a note. do you actually know who you are questioning?

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Yes, it is THE Frank Dernie, he is a good friend of the site

24

on second thought, I have seen many f1 cars lock up all four wheels so why do you say it’s impossible to lock the rears?

25

may be. if the rears locked like you described, why couldn’t warwick and his team see that in the data?

and why don’t they publish all the evidence which led them to their decision so that we all understand that there are no underhand decisions being taken?

if you listen to rosberg’s interviews, you will notice that he nearly said ‘i managed to block lewis’ but omitted the word managed albeit he starts to say the word.

in another interview he also said that he made a mistake and exaggerated it.

transparency would make the sport appear that much cleaner.

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kenneth chapman

@ frank dernie…..some uncommon sense there. just confirms what a lot of us have been saying all along.

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Is this the same Frank Dernie who worked for Williams, Lotus, Benetton et al and who replied to my post? Hello Frank if it is!

If it is the same Mr Dernie who deigned the superb Williams FW07 as driven by Reggaz, Jonsey and Lole, the excellent Williams FW08 driven by Flying Finn Keke and the monster Williams FW11/B driven by Our Nige and Lord Nelson, amongst others, hello Frank!

I saw you on YouTube on a TV programme called “Gentlemen, please lift your skirts………..”

PS You must have been gutted when Gordon Murray in 1981 came up with that “special suspension” that proved to have such a big advantage!!!!

28

The rules have always been pushed to the limit, and not just in F1.

At the end of a race those cars that were light enough to have run under the weight limit (not that many were) would fill the gearbox completely full of oil, fill the oil tank to the top and some had -huge- master cylinder reservoirs which were filled too. The car would be quite incapable of running in this state.

The water cooled brake tank was just another variation on an old theme.

At Le Mans one of the most successful constructors regularly ran seriously underweight cars which had a vast oil tank which was filled for scrutineering.

The problem of the water cooled brakes was one of lack political influence not rule bending IMHO.

29

Guilty.

I am told it was David North who came up with the idea of hydraulic suspension. He was Gordon’s right hand man for yonks.

30

we’re all watching a mad man talk to himself!

31

wow! what more can we ask for? this is fantastic!

32

Hello Frank!

No disrespect Frank, but those water cooled brakes that Williams and Brabham used for the start of the 1982 season (and got Nelson and Keke disqualified from the race in Rio to boot!) were well and truly driving a coach and horses through the regulations, if you’ll pardon the pun! Who came up with that idea? Mind you, if the FIA were daft enough to allow the teams to “top up” oil, water and the like after a race (before scrutineering) then flagrant rule bending was somewhat inevitable!

PS That FW07 was a masterpiece, a brilliant piece of kit. And of course, Jonsey was pretty handy too!

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Cheers Frank!

34

Hamilton has a history of winning in Canada. However he also has a history of driving into stationary cars in the pit lane and team mates on the strait. Which Lewis will we see in Canada this time? Interesting times ahead.

35

raikkonen will park at the red light and wait for hamilton to pile into him.

36
Tornillo Amarillo

They are in different leagues: ROSBERG fights for being a Champion, while HAMILTON a triple champion.

Who remember Keke Rosberg as a Champion…?

37
Mike from Colombia

One of the most undeserving in F1 history.

1 win and 6 total career wins.

Piquet and Rosberg are the odd names on the WDC list for the 80s. Funny coincidence that both of them have sons embroiled in ethical scandals.

38

Me! According to reports, waiting to go to the grid in Dallas, 40c temperatures, all the drivers sitting umder umbrellas with an ice pack, and Keke sitting on the pitwall with his overalls down to his waist, smoking a cigarette. Fastest ever lap of a Grand Prix circuit, a record that stood for about 20 years, achieved with a deflating tyre. A balls out racer who also had the nous to win the title in a car slower than most of his main opposition. Raced wheel to wheel with Villeneuve in Formula Atlantic, won the Can Am series, etc etc…

39

Hopefully they will take each other out in Canada. Fingers crossed. Even if they do that, the championship, unfortunately, will still be decided between the two of them.

40

did you not see their synchronised driving in bahrain? they will not take each other out.

41

Elastoplast. And it may get ripped off pretty painfully in Canada. Hamilton does seem to be edging the battles so far but there’s not a whole lot between them. A bit of luck [good or bad] will probably decide the drivers’ world title if Mercedes continue to dominate as the two drivers can’t really land a knock out punch against each other. It’s a war of attrition.

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kenneth chapman

@ seized up….maybe a war of ‘sedition’ hahaha. there seems to be a bit of ‘noise’ surrounding the driver attitudes, emanating from either side of the garages.

if i read it correctly the on track disputation may well have spilled over. if so then we can expect to see some further deterioration in the relationship. by casting doubt on the ‘integrity’ of rosberg the hamilton camp have nailed their colours to the mast, in a manner of speaking. i would expect the garagistes to have their own opinions and they may choose to import those opinions into the rest of the season in one way or another. just my opinion.

43

Wow, just wow.

Formula One as covered and followed by E! . Hair, nails, and wardrobe next?

All you above this… [mod]?

Formula One is automobile racing. I couldn’t give a rodent’s backside if Britney and Lewise are on the outs, still going steady, or spooning in the Mercedes motorcoach. The ONLY thing fascinating to me is why all of you DO?

PLEASE!?!?!?

44

Jeez… You guys really are delusional.

45

Random question James.

You are a team owner and got two free seats who would want based on this year’s races driving your cars?

46

Vettel and Hamilton.

47

If I have a car with a chance to win races?

Alonso and Rosberg would be strong.

Hamilton and Ricciardo would be fun too

Your choice?

48

I think that Ricciardo has been the story of the year. Okay Vettel has been having car issues but Daniel has out performed just about everyone’s idea of him. Alonso would be my other choice and before anyone asks yes I am able to provide him with a car that is worthy of his talents!

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kenneth chapman

@ andrew… sorry to interject but i would like to see alonso and ricciardo duet. now that would be a very racy team IMO.

50
Mike from Colombia

Rosberg makes a great no. 2

51

Hehe, I would take Vettel and Alonso. If only for the intra team action. Probably comes closest to Senna and Prost. However I would make sure there’s no confidential stuff from other teams within my team employees.

52

Hang on James, don’t forget the “youth” vote!

The Incredible Hulk and Bianchi should drive for Team JA F1!

Both those lads have performed superman performances – Monte Carlo last time was a perfect 10/10 for Bianchi as was the Hulk last year in Italy and Korea. I don’t get all this “he’s too tall, he’s too heavy” misinformed nonsense.

It’s not as if Hulk is the height of Jaws from Bond or the Michelin Man dimensions of Montoya!

53

The problem with young drivers, and the reasons they almost never start with a top team (Lewis was spectacularly lucky to have his first season in a winning car) is lack of experience. However good they are going to be mistakes in the first season are very costly – one could argue in extremis that half the budget is spent on educating the driver rather than him working for the team.

Only somebody who did not have to put their money where there mouth is would hire novices for a top team.

54

The articles from James are normally well-balanced, but not this time. I’m no great fan of any one team or driver and it appears to me that Nico came out looking like a desperate guy with a win-at-any-cost approach (just like Schumacher, Vettel …). Indeed he is desperate, he’s been beaten 4-0 in a straight fight with Lewis. Yes Lewis should have kept his mouth shut a bit more, but I’m sure he was just bursting to say a whole lot more. I also detected just the slightest bit of favouritism from the team towards Nico. With a car nobody else can beat, Mercedes wont make sure Nico just edges it – will they ?

55

All I can say is that from a business point of view the whole thing is brilliant for F1 and must make Bernie smile with delight. No one in the paddock is really complaining except the guy who loses.

56

I’m sure Lewis and Niko will be friends again after they’re both on different teams or retired, but right now they’re competing against one another on the same team for the most coveted title in Motorsports, not Miss Universe.

Lewis has more raw talent than Niko, but it appears that Niko is far more mature and hence worries less about what others think of him-which has always seemed to be one of Lewis’ constant preoccupations.

This is also appears to be an attempt to protect the ‘brand’ called Lewis Hamilton by perpetuating the notion that no matter what happens on the track Rosberg and Hamilton will slap each other on the back afterward and laugh it all off whilst sharing a pint.

I’ll take Prost vs. Senna or Schumacher vs. anyone simply because it would be bereft of this tedious adolescent chatter that permeates certain celebrity drivers today.

57

By the way, is it true? Monaco attendance down 20%?

Monaco? Down? 20%?

Really!?!? What The F….ormula?

There you go. Nice new engines.

58

monaco was the 6th circuit to host f1 races this season and you have decided to use attendance records from monaco to decide how the new engines have influenced the sport? is that a fair test? i like the truth. are there no other factors which could have influenced the attendance?

59
kenneth chapman

my friend who was at monaco was quite surprised at the number of empty seats where they would usually be jam packed.

60

We all know who to blame for the declining ticket sales, declining spectators, declining sponsorship for the teams………..

Here’s a clue: every week he appears in a building in Munich for some reason. Apparently he works for a company who are abbreviated to CVC……….actually, the aforementioned CVC are just to blame as Mr E, as they have siphoned off the profits of F1 and haven’t put a penny/Euro/cent back into the sport and charge outrageously high license fees which the circuits can only recoup in high ticket prices………that’s if the spectators turn up, which obviously in Monaco they haven’t, at least not en masse.

61

general entry tickets were quali and race at monaco were €110 this year.

62

There were cheap seats at Indianapolis and plenty of empty seats as well.

No argument that high prices play a role. Ideally new fans should come into the sport to take up the slack But indeed, young Europeans are hardest hit in employment market. I can hardly see them paying 600 Euro for weekend ticket for Monaco GP.

63

Since the new grand stands were added some time back if I remember correctly they do have race day capacity around 40K in seats alone, plus GA and of course let’s not forget those private balconies.

So 20%, we are talking about aroudn 10-12K of unsold tickets. That’s HUGE. For Monaco too! What does this say about F1? I mean Kenneth, it’s Monaco! OK, I’ll knock it off with that Monaco bit. But basically it’s a bit like Super Bowl of F1, or final of any turnament – it’s that important. Imagine 20% empty seats at Champions final, or World Cup, or Euro, or Super Bowl, or Stanley Cup final, or World Series…just wanted to ensure I gave enough examples. It just wouldn’t happen – end of story. You’re lucky if you see an empty seat during the TV feed, and you see it only because the guy or gal is out taking a quick whiz.

Monaco should be a sell-out each year, every year.

64

Hockenheim is well down on sales, I hear

65

With a month and a half to go, sounds to me like time for a Mercedes promotion.

Buy any AMG Mercedes or a Mercedes with an AMG Appearance package from any German Mercedes dealer between now and July 10th and receive a pair of grandstand tickets to the Grand Prix of Germany where you will also pick up your Mercedes on Friday. You’re welcome Mercedes, I know, it’s great idea. Oh, which car do you think will win that GP?

But Monaco? The Crown Jewel of F1? Down 20%?

Yikes!

66

That’s very surprising James.

Germany still has a relatively strong economy, particularly in the Stuttgart and Rhine Valley area (where Merc is located) and the Germans do have a 4 * WDC to cheer on, as well as potential WDC this year, not to mention the Incredible Hulk……….

Mind you, Hockenhiem was butchered when they got rid of the mega long straights linked by tight chicanes out in the forest. The new circuit is just average, where as the original Hockenhiem had a unique charm and saw some fantastic battles over the years.

I actually checked on Google Earth and the old Hockenhiem is gone forever…………the mega long back straights have been reclaimed by the forests…………so sad.

Thank god for Montreal, Silverstone, Spa and Monza! They’ve all been modified without changing the charm and character of the circuit.

67

Vettel will never attract the crowds Schumacher did. Unless he drives for ferrari, that is.

68

Thank God for those indeed.

I have been to all 4 you name, and each is absolutely a unique experience. I’d throw Suzuka and Interlagos in there too, which again are very unique.

As an F1 fan, when I arrived at each of these, (just got boose bumps) and you step your foot in past the gate, there is certain satisfaction that you’ve made it, that you’re here, that you’re going to experience something special as a fan of this sport.

Walking into the circuit from the train station by Lesmos, or by the old banked track, or up to Eau Rouge grand stand – when you really realize how damn steep it is. Oh man, that food area where the cars just come out of no where, it’s just there…no grand stand ticket needed. It’s amazing. I’d say best view, and free!. Just stand and enjoy what was without doubt the most unique and fantastic view of an F1 car I’ve ever seen. When we were there in 2005 (OMG – it’s almost a decade!) because we wanted to see Belgium with V10s it was just incredible. Fisi had a huge crash in Eau Rouge to demonstrate that it is still dangerous. I don’t think anyone has had a big off there like that since then really.

So to sum up…I think it’s more than those four. Montreal, Silverstone, Monza, Spa, Suzuka, Interlagos, Monaco – irreplacable classics. It is a shame that Hockenheim of old is gone indeed. But we’ll always have that memory of Rubens getting his first win in the wet against none other than Der Champ himself in his prime and at his best, and to add a cherry on the cake, it was in the wet, and if memory serves me right he did it by staying on the slicks. What a joyful GP that was to watch. But “crying Rubens” was a big harsh on the eyes. 🙂

http://www.pitflaps.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/img_rubens_crying_1-264×300.jpg

69

Thats’s what the lads from German TV RTL told me

70

Look who doesn’t like these engines?

http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/311580/drivers-not-happy-with-new-f1-engines/

Yeah, only the guys who drive the cars. Go back to the bit from James about the braking on these new cars that was posted a few months back to see why drivers don’t like it.

I simply love D.C. concert example.

71

i enjoy watching the cars on tv and watching them live. i was in monaco and enjoyed it. the formular renault cars were louder but the crowd didn’t stay behind to watch them after the f1 qualifying. even the noise didn’t entice them to want to watch. the crowds returned to watch the race the following day and I didn’t hear anyone complaining about the noise albeit not half as loud as it has been in the past.

72

aveli,

Sure HAM says he likes it, what is he to say in public, he’s winning. But I think what DC passes on is quite clear to me. 1 degree of separation.

73

aveli,

When you get paid like they do, you drive as long as they will pay you!

74

sebee, as you know very well, dc work is not an information service. he will write about anything which will get the fans attention. if any of the drivers didn’t enjoy driving the cars, why would button, alonso and raikkonen all say they look forward to extending their contracts in future. it is normal for people to turn their backs on things they don’t enjoy.

75

Well, it turns out drivers aren’t enjoying driving them. I think that carries a whole lot of weight. More than your argument or my arguments.

I could tell you how GP2 cars are louder, cheaper, nearly as fast, apparently more fun to drive. But what matters is, drivers aren’t fond of this engine formula. I find that very interesting indeed.

76

aveli,

Lewis and Nico are winning. Obviously they will not complain as much. But DC mentions these too as well.

77

kenneth chapman, it is normal for those who do not perform well to complain about the regulations. they were given enough time to build and develop their cars for racing in 2014. non of them complained until they found out that they have no hope. we then hear them ask for softer tyres, hopeful, that it would disadvantage the mercs like they suffered last season, while others complain about the formula. this is very normal. look at what alonso had to say this week and you’ll notice that he hasn’t said he wants to retire from the sport because he no longer enjoys driving the cars.

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kenneth chapman

@ aveli…you haven’t read or heard any driver say they do not enjoy the current formula? are you serious?

time to do some homework aveli. no more playing outside until you are finished. check out alonso’s latest discourse for your edification.

79

hamilton said the car he drives now is that best f1 car he has ever had. he said he had to drive all the mclaren f1 cars over the limit because they weren’t good enough but this car he drives within the limits of the car and drives faster as a result.

i haven’t read or heard any driver say they do not enjoy the current formula.

some people have a mentality which opposes change just for the sake of it. they think going to the moon or studying space is a waste of money.

81

A couple of somewhat disconnected responses: 1) Hamilton will not be happy with the team or Rosberg until he (Hamilton) has set fastest race laps consistently. Remember a couple of weeks ago, in post-race-victory comments, Hamilton stated, “Nico was quicker than me.” On the season, Rosberg has more fastest race laps, and Hamilton understandably hates that. 2) Mr. Allen has been impeccably professional in laying out the facts as revealed throughout the season. We can all speculate as to Rosberg’s Monaco accident, but when telemetry shows both Hamilton and Rosberg braking 8 meters later on that key quali lap, no sanctioning body can legitimately use a crystal ball and issue a penalty. Mr. Allen is forthright enough to honestly show less-than-stellar behaviors for what they are, whomever displays them–doing his duty without rancor. 3) Hamilton is generally considered stunningly quick on track, but is seen by some (accurately or not) as needing more hints than some competitors on lines–when even Vettel in a championship season is told on radio “You’re losing a tenth through 3,” and he subsequently adjusts his line and turns fastest lap, we should realize that it is part of the business. So if many of you agree that Hamilton is so very quick, and given the number of laps that he has led the field in clean air this year, just how slow is Rosberg to have set so many fastest race laps thus far? Mr. Allen and contributors, thank you for what you give us.

82

Yes, quite. No question Hamilton has a great deal of raw talent and it spectacular to watch race; yet I think it is a huge mistake to underestimate Nico, which is regularly done, assuming that the only reason Rosberg can prevail over Hamilton is if Hamilton is hindered in some way. People forget that Nico endured a lot of lean years before landing at Mercedes, and then had none other than Michael Schumacher as a team mate, he’s had his tactics and skills honed by a master instructor.

83

I’m rooting for Team Hamilton in the current Mercedes line-up, but even I have to say Lewis’ behaviour in post-race was appalling. So good on him for realizing his mistake and taking the initiative to patch things up to prevent further tensions.

In my view, the 2014 title is Hamilton’s to lose: Rosberg isn’t in the same league as he is in terms of speed and talent, and without that the German’s mental prowess can only bring him so far. All Lewis has to do the entire season is let his talents reign free, keep a level head and remind himself that getting beat/outsmarted every once in while is normal.

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Nic Maennling

“…Rosberg can play that game better. ” I admire your column enormously but I have to disagree with you on that point. It’s far from being a game and a poor stunt like Rosberg’s will haunt him far longer than a bit of Lewis’ reaction which was also out of order given their long term relationship.

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Mike from Colombia

We would not even be talking about this if Mercedes had not made the monumental mistake of getting rid of Brawn.

Wolff is a lightweight who is oblivious of how little respect he has. The guy is completely out of his depth and seems more preoccupied with either making a name for himself or getting his wife an F1 drive.

Mercedes needs some proper leadership.

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What Hamilton has done in my opinion is the right thing.

Taken a deep breath and decided to move forward – it’s over. Does he mean it, who knows – the results will decide if he cares from this point on.

Rosberg mistake was his ace in the pocket, his character now has a question mark over it.

This race weekend will be interesting – wonder how the media will get on.

Tis the busiest I ‘ve seen the site for many a year……. since 07 or was it 08…….?

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