F1 news review: Lewis Hamilton’s ego

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Flavio Briatore, Renault | Renault / LAT“Hamilton’s ego got the better of him” – Briatore – Flavio Briatore on Lewis Hamilton: “You need to respect these people behind you – and not only your ego.”

Super Aguri confirms new partner and drivers for 2008 season – The sums of money involved have not been declared but Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato have been retained. Now let’s see if they can pull off some of their trademark heroics in Melbourne.

More problems for Honda – Pitpass claims the RA108 has not passed its crash test.

ITV-F1 gets a redesign – But is it better than F1 Fanatic’s?

Family affair sees Nelsinho take the stage – Perhaps taking a leaf out of Briatore’s book, Nelson Piquet Jnr diagnoses McLaren’s problems in 2007: “Fernando had a crazy team boss last year who made crazy decisions, and we have a much more settled guy.”

F1 2008 – Where they stand – Mark Hughes reckons Kimi Raikkonen is becoming number one at Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton will be under pressure from Heikki Kovalainen, and Robert Kubica will be ahead of Nick Heidfeld this year.

Blundell’s view – Australian GP part one – Mark Blundell tips Felipe Massa for the title.

F1’s winter championship, reloaded – A semi-serious attempt at using the winter testing times to predict who’ll be champion.

Ecclestone keen to see Korean involvement – With South Korea to join the F1 calendar in 2010, Bernie Ecclestone wants one of their three car manufacturers (Kia, Hyundai and Daewoo) to start an F1 team.

Reverse F1 grids – Williams boss – A rubbish, gimmicky idea at making racing better in F1 from Patrick Head. I remember a good few years ago it was Head who suggested having chicanes that drivers could bypass a few times per race to allow changes of position. This is just as bad an idea as that.

Dennis ready to take a new direction – The Ron Dennis career obituaries are starting. The Independent also interview him.

Michelin exit still hurts Alonso – According to Robert Kubica. I think that excuse has worn thin 12 months after their departure.

Alonso aims for Melbourne surprise – But admits the teams hopes are pinned on it raining. In which case the weather forecast for sun and 30C air temperature will disappoint him.

Silverstone urges fans to book early – British Grand Prix tickets selling quickly as Lewis Hamilton boosts interest in F1.

Takuma Sato signed up as UK-Japan goodwill ambassador – The Japanese driver raced in British Formula 3 and has always driven for British-based F1 teams.

The winning formula for Kimi Raikkonen – Ed Gorman’s interview with the world champion which he also mentioned in his blog. Of his encounter with Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at Brazil last year Raikkonen says: “Lewis could have made it a bit more easier but it’s difficult to say if it was fair or not. But it’s not going to change so I am only wasting my time and energy if I start trying to make a big thing out of it.”

Lewis: I won’t flash the cash – With a headline like that it can only be The Sun.

With the F1 season coming up soon I’m doing the news round-ups a bit more frequently. And the old post format is back by popular demand…

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