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Posted By: James Allen  |  05 Jul 2014   |  5:13 pm GMT  |  136 comments

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that the mistake he made in qualifying today is a costly one, a study of the sector times for the drivers’ final laps shows that, in fact, it handed pole to his team mate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton was ahead of Rosberg as the pair started their final laps in Q3. Rosberg had complained on the radio that Hamilton was going too slowly as they approached the final turns before the start/finish line. He was concerned about the chequered flag falling and not getting to start his lap. In the end he crossed the line with 14 metres to spare!

With Hamilton on provisional pole at that point, he could have ensured that Rosberg didn’t get a lap in. After all the team had made the “slight error” as Toto Wolff put it, of sending the cars out too close to the cut off time. “The start of that run was a mess, the cars were bunched up,” the Austrian added. No-one expected that the ranking would change completely and that the final sector would be 4.5 seconds faster than before”

Hamilton made a mistake in the first sector and clocked 31.198s for that sector. Rosberg was still behind him at this point. If you extrapolate the rest of his lap, from what Rosberg achieved in the Mercedes in Sectors 2 and 3, you get a lap time of 1m36.956s, which was faster than Sebastian Vettel’s 1m 37.386s in second place.

Lewis Hamilton in the rain at Silverstone

“He felt the lap was worse and bailed out,” Mercedes team boss Paddy Lowe said, “Which was unfortunate because there was a lot of time left in sector three.”

A dejected Hamilton said afterwards that he “had no information from the team that the track was going to be 4.5s quicker,” but then added that it was not the team’s fault that the lap was not completed.

So Hamilton would have qualified at least second if he had completed the lap.

But as Hamilton was just ahead of Rosberg, it is likely that he would have held the German behind him for the lap and so Rosberg might not have managed the 1m 35.766s which gave him pole. Either way the mistake handed pole to Rosberg.

This comes on the back of mistakes in Canada and Austria in the final stages of Q3. Rosberg has not been immune to these himself this year, but for Hamilton to do it three races in a row is particularly hard for him to take. This was supposed to be the race were he regrouped and rediscovered the momentum.

He can come through tomorrow and he needs to. A win for Rosberg tomorrow with Hamilton second puts the German 36 points ahead. So Hamilton could win the next five races with Rosberg second and Rosberg would still be on top in the points.

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I think he took the blame here mindful of all the flak he has been taking.

i would have thought he would have a race engineer with strong enough personality to tell him to keep on the quali lap.

maybe thats the story. he didn’t listen.

hope the race turns out ok for him earlier.


race ruined by mercedes gear box!


I predict Lewis will either be in 1st place or out by lap 2…


Ever since Monaco I have had my suspicions, but now this just seems blatant. A couple of errors can easily be explained – even for the best drivers. But recall what happened after Monaco. Lots of “silly” errors from Hamilton. Far too many I think. To me his spin in Austria was done on purpose, as was his running wide, as was his botched last lap yesterday. I’m not normally for conspiracy theories, but there is something going in here which smells. Is there some agreement where Hamilton has a major come back at the end of the season to claim the title? Or is the agreement that Rosberg gets it this year? Mercedes are not in it for the glory of winning – they want to sell more cars, so they needs to generate excitement. I think most people would agree that given all things equal, Hamilton would be walking away with the title by this point and that would be a big turn-off. So Mercedes would not get the exposure. Remember, the sums of money involved are huge. Any “sport” where the figures are huge is open to abuse – see recent events.


Which recent events you mean?


Hamilton does not have a good team around him to keep him focused and grounded – or if he has he isn’t listening to them. He’s not going to be champion this year currently as Nico is playing him like a concert piano and managing the pressure immensely well.

Hamilton flew himself home on a heli lesson the other day – why the f… Is he taking heli lessons at such a crucial race meeting..?

If Rosberg wins today Lewis will have a huge mountain to climb.


MR MODERATOR, whoever that is, you sure didn’t dare let it stay.


Grow up – Mod


I didn’t pay enough attention. When did Hulk get pole and where was LH then? Did his pit team fail to react in not passing him a simple message – Hulk pole, last sector very fast?


It was around the second or third race of the year that I made a comment saying how incredible an achievement it was for Vettel to achieve the level of consistency he had last year. In comparison, I mentioned how Hamilton had already made mistakes in quali with a car whose supremacy in the beginning of the year was on a league of its own. Many rushed to deny or demean my comments, defending Hamilton and belittling Vettel.

Now, around 6 or 7 races later, Hamilton seems to be on his own crusade to prove me right. Three quali errors in a row in different tracks show that he’s not been able to keep his consistency for more than 3-4 races in a row. That in itself is not bad, but again it goes to show how far Vettel was when he had a car he was happy with.

When a driver is on a dominant car, his benchmark is his team mate, but also very importantly, if not more, is himself. Looking at both Hamilton and Rosberg this year, both have failed to stay at that outstanding level of consistency Vettel showed last year and Alonso showed in 2012. It does not make any of them look bad by any means, each driver has strong and weak spots, but to me it proves that Vettel is right there with the best.


Vettel has the most titles on the current grid. He is the best. In 65 years of history in F1 only 3 other drivers have won more (Schumacher and Fangio) or the same amount (Prost) of titles.


I can’t understand why FOM did not put any image & sound about HAM’s decision. After watching 5 replays of ALO misfortune with rain (After bad decision also). There is no explanation or “right” explanation to justify that kind of “misses” when you know FOR SURE if ALO or VET would be the drivers involved you would have 10 replays & radio messages in LIVE. HAM can save a Management Co with FOM “siilence” colaboration when he failed. Maybe they judged “not interesting” the British Star decision not to fight for Pole (Irony sense)

sunny stivala

Yes both the weather and reliability can throw anything up, but people on here should forget that the bulls or any car on the grid can trouble the WO5’S this season in a normal dry race, as the rules stand it is not possible for FERRARI or the bulls to claw back the MGU-H superiority output of the PU106A.

Renault has themselves declared that their PU has reached 100% capability in Canada, and from the look of it Renault sounds like they know that even with what the rules for 2015 allows they will not be able to bridge the gap to the PU106A unless they are allowed some equalisation derogation.


Guys, mark my word. This arks the end of Hamilton’s championship chances. When we look back, this will be the race that marked the downfall of Hamilton. Rosberg is already a star in Germany, and from now on, Mercedes will be hard pressed to just back Rosberg for the Championship. Hamilton will have to eat his word for the last 4 years when he kept saying Vettel wins were all due to the car, and that his ability is higher than Nico. Oh Lewis!!!!! That’s you you’ll never be champ again!


I found out that prophecy is the least paid profession.

Stephen Taylor

Kimi for the drivers championship and Ferrari WCC 2014!


To finish first in a Ferrari, Kimi must first learn not to drive the Ferrari like a rally car.

Peter Michell

Really! What I see from the media is too much what could have been with Hamilton if this or if that. How about we concentrate on what is! I think most are forgetting Hamilton is lucky Ricciardo was told not to bother going out or Hamilton would be another place below.

Sorry but there is more to F1 than Hamilton it’s becoming quite biased and boring IMO.


To me there`s only thing to watch will R destroy H mentally and when. Hamilton got talent but he constantly keeps equaling Rosbergs chances. And he knows this. It feels frustrating to him to deal with this thought because it should not have there in first place.

Equally frustrating it should be for Vettel to sit on the second slot and not been mentioned at all. But this is British grand prix and organizers have to suck as much money out of it as they can. But they didn` t expect Hamilton to suck.

It sure seems that Hamilton hit the only button on wheel he shouldn`t hit – DAMAGE LIMITATION.

Grate title to his book thought.

German Samurai

I think Hamilton was right to bail since Rosberg had closed the gap in the first sector of that final run.

He was beginning to hold up Rosberg. The faster driver should be allowed to go through.

Hamilton buckled under the pressure again. The supposedly fastest driver on the grid is beaten once again by his journeyman teammate. Hamilton should be on track for 15 wins this season. Instead he’s getting matched or bettered for pace time and time again.

David in Sydney

Not a World Champion performance from HAM today.

If ROS takes a win (by no means certain in mixed weather) and HAM fails to score then it’ll be a decisive weekend for ROS.


prophecy doesn’t pay very well.


@ KGBVD not arrogance, stupidity!



Hope Vettel cuts Rosberg

Button gets in front holds station giving Lewis time to whizz by Rosberg!!



Lewis (i never give bla bla) gave up mid track because Adrian Newey was in his way.


The onLy good thing about 2014 is watching Hamiltons reputation go down. Wasn’t Monaco, Montreal, and Silverstone HIS tracks? He is the most over rated driver since Jacques Villeneuve.


Interesting compare, because J. Villeneuve also appeared distracted with his lifestyle choices and lack of focus. This is the antithesis of G. Villeneuve who was 110% focused on his racing, gladly slept in the back seat of his road car at the track, and did not give a whit about the “glamour” of F1, such as it was in 1979-1982.


James was it more due to track position & timing that the team did not tell Lewis about the 4.5 sec in that last sector? Obviously they had a bit more time with Nico to ascertain this.

It really baffled me at the time Nico was pushing to get past that surely Lewis’s engineers would have known what Nicos engineers did !. .It does not take that long to react if you know there is more time in the lap’& he still was the lead car.

I accept Lewis made the call But I cannot accept the Teams engineers are working in unison because surely with the right communication it would have been more like .”Lewis there is much more time in sector 3-Go for it !” . As opposed to “ have the pole by 2/10- either have another run or move out the way & let Nico through ” Somethings just not right there and whilst Lewis didnt say it – surely anyone in that position would consider that as a “bum steer”. I still think he can win it from 6th. But Im equally sure if there is another marginal call during the race it will go Nicos way.this seasons results is being “engineered” far more subtly by the team than by their PU. More of this & Im tuning off its turning into a real farce.Meanwhile Ferrari designed another mule with pull rod suspension for the matedor who likes it. When they have the worlds best equestrian gringo in the other saddle..Will they turn the mule into a stallion or will they continue to buck the common sense in 2015- lets hope not.

Vettel wont keep up at Merc pace. Lewis will be a match for the front 3 cars in any conditons. The real question is will Hulkenberg & Riccardo hold him up enough for Nico to get away. Honestly though one more devious smerk by a Merc…& its %#} it


Lewis was busy to avoid Nico getting in a lap. That’s why he was told to speed up or get out of the way.


You need to accept that you can’t always blame the team and in this case it was Lewis’ fault, just like you need to accept kimi will inevitably get his ass kicked this year by a superior Fernando. Tough luck.


Nobody knew until the first cars found out.


To be 29 pts behind and to bail on your last lap is pure arrogance.


May I ask in what way it is arrogant? It’s not as if he did it in a “look at me, I’m going to mess up purposefully and prove to everybody I can still win the championship” way.


No ! To be told ” if you think you can go faster take the lap otherwise move out of the way”

Instead of “there is more time in the 3rd sector Go for it”

That is plain stupid. Because how does a driver know the track is drying and cars are making 4.5 sec just in that sector!!. Unless some truly arrogant people tell him..they did for someone but not for him WHY??


Merc told him to move out when Hamllton said ‘its too slippery out here’, way before his final qualy lap started


Hamilton heads Rosberg at Silverstone then breaks down


best so far!


Hmm. Rosberg racing driver. Hamilton racing driver plus ear rings, plus baseball caps with flat peaks, shades. Too much posing. Just drop the posing and endorsement and attention seeking Lewis and you will win the championship. Posing and being too cool will destroy your season and let happy Niko win.

Come on Lewis, who cares what people really think of you. Get the job done. Firstly fire your managers.


@ Bo Amato that’s the problem with Hamilton too much show and posing. I really question how much he wants to win. Somewhere along the way he has lost the script. He needs to drop all the frills and get back to just racing. He is one of the most talented racers on the grid and is wasting away his talent. I’m a big Lewis Hamilton fan but he deserves all the criticism he’s getting from his detractors.


another adviser? so funny!


The ‘no information from the team’ argument doesn’t make any sense. Surely Lewis should have worked out that sector 3 was dry(ish) from his out lap? Or was he paying too much attention to what he saw in his mirrors.

David in Sydney

The team isn’t driving the car, Lewis, you are.



Anything could happen tomorrow, however Nico, in my book, is an intelligent guy, his explanation on this interview proved this point yet again. Hamilton is “just” a quick driver.

I will never put any money on Nico, I have change my mind although Lewis is still my favorite to win the WDC.

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