Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Singapore, 2010

Hamilton: Webber “in my blind spot”

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton held back from blaming Mark Webber for the collision which put him out of the Singapore Grand Prix.

Speaking after the race he said:

He was in my blind spot, I didn’t even know he was still there.

I don’t know I’ll have to look at the video replay. Honestly I don’t even know what happened. I didn’t see anyone alongside me and the next thing I know my tyre’s blown and that’s it.
Lewis Hamilton

Having failed to score in three of the last four races, Hamilton has fallen to third in the championship.

Asked if he felt he could still win it he said:

I think its a tough call. There’s still four races to go but I couldn’t have expected a worse two races at this crucial point in the year.

I’ll do my best but hopefully either me or Jenson can do it.
Lewis Hamilton

Webber was able to finish the race despite the damage to his front-right wheel, and the stewards decided no penalty was in order.

Speaking in the press conference he compared the collision to Hamilton’s contact with Massa at Monza two weeks ago:

The contact was similar to what he had in Monza with Felipe. It could have easily been my front tyre that was damaged.
Mark Webber

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  1. Watching the incident, it seemed that Hamilton made a fantastic move around Webber, but left him way too much space to get the inside line into the next corner, instead of closing him out. Webber took the inside line and was well onto the inside curb when Hamilton cut back. Had Hamilton either closed him out earlier or simply given Webber enough room around the corner, there would have been no collision. It was a racing incident and it happens.

    1. Hamilton was ahead and on the racing line and actually took the corner wider than usual. Webber – though he had no room to retake the position – decided to be his hard-headed self and bulldoze his way through the corner. That’s why he was WAY over the kerbing.

  2. I’m not a Hamilton fan, but I felt terrible for him. After seeing the replays a few times from a number of angles it was definitely just an unfortunate racing incident. I think it was probably about 60% Hamilton’s fault, 40% Webber’s.

  3. I was thinking how Hamilton was so unlucky in the last two races. When he was behind Massa their colision took only him out of the race. When he was in front of Webber their colision also took only him out of the race.

  4. Difficult call. I think Hamilton made a similar error to the one Vettel made when overtaking Webber in Turkey – closing the door before the pass had been fully completed. Lewis had the corner to think about as well so it’s more understandable; if we accept his line about the blind spot then it’s pretty clear this was a racing incident and nothing more.

    Maybe Hamilton underestimated Webber, imagining that Mark might want to go conservative given the championship situation.

  5. Watching the Webber’s on-board footage, there was no way he was going to make that without crashing into Hamilton – he was just very stubborn – reminded me of when Massa took Hamilton out at Fuji in ’08.

    He knows Hamilton is going to turn into the corner, he can see him three quarters of a car ahead, and he keeps his foot in to await the consequences.

    I honestly cannot believe that so many people, including the main man, think this to be ‘so obviously’ a racing incident, but then I think I must have my biased Hamilton hat on then I guess. I mean, I must be on those crazy pills again.

  6. Lewis made a great passing maneuver on Webber which was the highlight of the race for me, but to see Webber try to force his way back into that gap which wasn’t and hit Lewis rear wheel and not receive any damage that would dissolve his race was my biggest letdown of the race.
    in my view (and i like both of these drivers) Webber had been passed but come back over aggressively and luck was on his side both could have been so easily been out of the race, but Webber managed to carry on, it made the incident look like it was Lewis fault when it was really a fantastic bit of driving from Hamilton and should have been the highlight of the race.

  7. To be honest if I was Webber and/or Hamilton in that situation the first thing I would have done is gone down to the Virgin garage and slapped whoever that was in the Virgin.

    I know they have their own race going on, but when its at this point of the season and they’re at least one lap down no one really cares about them. For one of them to still be ahead of Webber that far after the restart is pretty rude.

    1. Well said, Hamish! I uttered a few well chosen expletives at the Virgin car onscreen that earned me a scolding from my wife. This was an excellent piece of opportunism from Hamilton, and an excellent piece of no-you-don’t from Webber. Pity two cars can’t share the same piece of racetrack is all. :D

      What a pleasure it is to have so many polarising drivers on the grid at the same time! We now have Hamilton Haters, the old Anti-Schumi’s are back, there’s a fast-growing Vettel Hate Club brewing (I’m currently a trial member), and the Alonso Hate Crew, mainly made up of the British Hamilton Defence Squad. What an amazing change in attitude in only 4 seasons! I distinctly remember praying that something would happen to spice the sport up after years of red cars in front on crappy grooved tyres. From reading most of the comments above, maybe some people need to appreciate how close this sport came to being ho-hum, and learn to appreciate those you hate for who they are….

    2. If we’re not going to have a rule letting lapped cars unlap themselves, why don’t we have one that forces them to yield in a SC period, except before and after the scene of the accident? In another situation there could have been a nasty crash involving those backmarkers.

      1. Absolutly, but that would have to be carefully managed on a position by position basis, at Singapore I don’t think was deployed for long enough.

        Probably better to bite on the bullet and return to cars uncapping themselves.

        1. Or unlapping as the case may be!

  8. i’m an hamilton fan since he entered the F1. there are 3 things that the hamilton fan should know;

    1. McLaren have failed to provide a better car for hamilton. they also failed to guide a good racing strategy for hamilton neither in pit lane stop, tyres choice and others.

    2. when hamilton got hit by MW, the whole world can see how happy the ferrari dan Red bulls man cheering the accident. They shouted happily when hamilton is out of races. Something is not right here. is there more hate then the sport spirit.

    3. i thought hamilton have learned enough regarding his last accident with massa in monza. i was wrong & as a big fan of him, i was very dissapointed with his driving attitude in this Singapore GP. we all know he was aggresive driver but what he should fully understand that his MCLaren car doesn’t have the speed on Singapore. Hamilton should be more carefull and passion. Collecting points are more inportant right now.

    1. when hamilton got hit by MW, the whole world can see how happy the ferrari dan Red bulls man cheering the accident. They shouted happily when hamilton is out of races. Something is not right here. is there more hate then the sport spirit.

      In sport people cheer if the person/team they support does well and if their rivals don’t.

      Even in GP2 the other week, Pastor Maldonado’s mechanics cheered when Sergio Perez ran into trouble. Fact of life.

      Let’s not start the ‘holier than thou’ rubbish. Plenty of people at Silverstone this year booed Alonso.

      1. I think it is more a testimonial as how Hamilton is feared as an opponent than pure hatred or anything else.

  9. Whenever Webber gets overtaken around the outside, he’s always going to try and outbrake the driver on the inside. He did it to Button in Abu Dhabi last year and Hamilton in Melbourne at turn 3 this year. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out but thats why I like Mark, he never gives up his position.

  10. There is still 1220 km to go before someone is crowned the WC so there is every possibility for anyone of the top 5 to become champion as they are just covered by 25 points.

    I will say it was 60:50 Webber, Hamilton could have left Webber some room & Webber could have backed off but if he have done that then Webber could have passed him easily & he won’t be able to get his third place, nice to see that Steward didn’t took this matter seriously as a penalty to Webber would have been the worst thing of the race.

    1. 60/50 = 110% total ;)

      But definitely an incident that both drivers could have played a part in avoiding. It just so happened that Lady Luck was shining on Webber and not Hamilton last night.

  11. About the Webber Hamilton incident, my take on it is :
    – Had Hamilton not tried the pass or let Webber through, he wouldn’t be worthy of being a world champion
    – Had Webber not tried to defend like he did, he wouldn’t be worthy of being a world champion.

    I loved the attempt, felt bad for Hamilton, just bad luck. Webber tossed the coin by hitting Hamilton, and it ended on the right side for him. Good for him.

    1. I agree. It was tough racing by two racers putting it all on the line.

  12. i hope I don’t get my head bitten off for this but I think Webber wanted the contact and it worked for him.

    He saw an opp against a rival how many people wouldn’t do same?

    And yes I am a Hamilton fan but I also have a great respect for Webber aswell

    1. yes, hamilton also did it on kimi when he crashed into the back of him in the PITLANE instead of kubica.

      1. Ok thanks for that norm

  13. Just thinking out loud here : but what an outrage it would have been had it been Hamilton underbraking and hitting Webber and putting him out of contention for the WDC.

  14. Why did Hamilton have to stop if his tyre was only flat? couldn’t he have made it back to the pits?

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