Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 2011

Hamilton “happy with management” says father

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Anthony Hamilton tones down his comments about Lewis Hamilton’s management team.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

The gospel of the track according to Father Hamilton (The Independent)

Anthony Hamilton: “I spoke with Lewis during the week after the race. He told me that he’s happy with the job that his management and Simon Fuller are doing ?ǣ and as long as Lewis is happy, then I’m happy.”

F1 Roar: Red Bull Denies Brought Own Food to Japan (The Wall Street Journal)

“The Japanese online circuit went wild Tuesday when local media outlets reported the European racing team had arrived with enough food to feed the 80-strong team and staff members so they can avoid eating Japan-made products during their stay, and with it any conceivable risk of food contaminated by radiation from the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.”

Steve Hood via Twitter

“As some of you may know, the first [F1 2011] update (patch) for PC users should be out tonight 10pm GMT. Xbox patch approved, out tomorrow I hope!”

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Williams F1 and Silatech Announce Partnership (Williams)

“Williams F1 and Silatech have entered into a broad partnership to help foster entrepreneurship among youth in Qatar and the wider Middle East region.”

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Comment of the day

Dizzy is unhappy with the spread of F1-style rules into junior categories:

The best thing about GP2 is the purity, no silly power boosts, no silly wings and all drivers on identical tyres. This means it’s the drivers which make the difference.

Now it will all be down to tyres, sure it adds strategy but it removes some of the purity which has made GP2 so brilliant since 2005.

Going back to Hamilton’s great drive at Istanbul in 2006, it was extra special because everyone had identical equipment, I don’t think it would have been so great if he was only doing it because he’d been on a softer/faster tyre compound.

The support championships should be pure without the silly gimmicks to force strategy etc…

Its bad enough the Renault World Series will run DRS next year.

From the forum

Nivek252 asks why 2010’s three new teams haven’t had better results yet.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Cholle and Yorricksfriend!

On this day in F1

Niki Lauda won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on this day in 1975.

It was a dominant performance from the new world champion who started on pole position and led every lap.

Emerson Fittipaldi set fastest lap on his way to second ahead of McLaren team mate Jochen Mass.

40 comments on “Hamilton “happy with management” says father”

  1. Well I hope the whole Red Bull situation is indeed a rumour and I have to say that I also share Dizzy’s views on GP2. The series should serve as an easy way of identifying who the top young drivers are, and introducing strategy makes this a bit more difficult.

  2. I’m not sure if I agree with COTD. There is only one set of softs available for the weekend, and they will surely be used in qualifying. It might not make any difference to the racing.

    1. And the two-compound rule has been in existence in Formula 1 for years. I don’t think I’ve heard a single complaint about it.

      1. Grrr, Damn that two compound rule.

        Gotta keep PM on He`s toes ;-)

        1. I don’t have any toes after a freak accident with one of those plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments.

          1. I have a friend who slipped on a plum while cutting the grass under the plum tree, He was in hosiptal for about a month while they saved pinky an hes friend.

      2. You haven’t PM?
        I have seen loads of complaints about the forced nature of being obliged to run both tyres here!

        I agree that the sole set of supersofts will probably be used in Qualifying (will they also have to start on them?). The fact there is only one set, makes that quite tricky though, as it means drivers won’t have the chance to get familiar with these tyres before that.

        1. I’ve seen complaints about the way the top ten drivers are forced to start on the tyres they qualified with, but I haven’t seen anyone complain about the two-compound rule. But it’s not really a factor these days, since neither of the Pirelli compounds can actually last for an entire race. And even if the harder compound can, it’s usually a second per lap slower than the options (which the teams asked of them).

          And I don’t really see this as being a problem in GP2. As Martin Brundle is constantly reminding us, Formula 1 drivers are “heat management experts”. And since the prime and option tyres behave so differently, why shouldn’t GP2 use both? GP2 is the premier feeder series for Formula 1, and prides itself on the way everything is equal so that driver talent is the deciding factor. Since the drivers are always using tyres, they need to demonstrate the ability to use both compounds for Formula 1.

          GP3 is really becoming the new GP2. Between these rule introductions and the expanded calendar, GP2 is becoming something else entirely – halfway between GP3 and Formula 1. GP3 starts the drivers on familiar circuits in equal cars. GP2 introduces new circuits and new variables whilst keeping equal cars. Finally, Formula 1 has all the circuits, all the varaibles and different cars. The introduction of these new rules to GP2 is really a process of streamlining the feeder series to give the drivers a better opportunity to show themselves as promising Formula 1 talents. Isn’t that what GP2 is all about?

          1. Loads of people have been against the compulsory two compound rule on here including Keith!! Maybe some have changed their minds but I haven’t myself.

          2. I have personally complained about it and dozens of other people have. And I haven’t read maybe 80% of the comments.

    2. As all drivers have the same sets of tyres, no one has a particular advantage, unlike with DRS: some may benefit from soft tyres early on and suffer afterwards on hards.

  3. there’s nothing wrong, medically, with the japanese food supply. some of it is fantastic, some……not to my taste. if all else fails, i’d stick to choco party:

      1. I wonder if whale is on the menu?

      2. that is…AWESOME. i’m placing an order this week :D

  4. Probably Red Bull packed canned food and covered it with blue and silver stickers… they look as if were always just drinking their sponsor’s product, but I was talking to some friends about that yesterday … I mean, do RBR just bring RB drink to the race? Not believable right? what about Kimi’s era when Jonnie Walker was the sponsor, Did he have free surplus of it?

    1. Most drivers or at least teams have a drinks sponsor, you will see most drivers drinking out of a sponsored drinks bottle, it’s not just Redbull.

  5. I stand by my belief that F1 is very much a team sport and should not be judged side by side with other formulae with a set chassis. The feeder series do a brilliant job of showcasing drivers and their the level of ‘participation’ that comes with it, or not as the case may be.

  6. Being the pinacle of sport I would be surprised if they didn`t transport all there food and water to the fluid ounce and calorie.

    1. I’m not sure most of the mechanics are watching their carb and electrolite intake to be honest!

      1. Norbert does

  7. Red Bull bringing their own food and drink to Japan might have more to do with home comforts, not radiation fears. Seems reasonable, no?

    1. I like richard hammond hate japanese food reasonable enough to me.

      1. Agreed. Talk of radiation fears are ridiculous. I have two friends currently living in Japan and they tell me the food is fine.

        Unlike my two friends, I hate Japanese food, and maybe RedBull shares my sentiments. If I were in the team I’d bring my own food as well!

  8. Oh please! why can’t they bring they own food? What if they don’t like japanese’s food? Personally, i don’t like raw fish and japanese’s cuisine, i would’ve brought my own food too.

    1. Given what Mark Webber experienced in 2007, who blames them?

      1. Given what Mark Webber experienced in 2007, who blames them?

        COTD Nomination :)

  9. On a day when the M23 and Fittipaldi had the legs of the 312T and Niki Lauda we were robbed of what could have been a great race by Clay Regazzoni, who blocked Fittpaldi until he was black flagged.

  10. I’m wondering how many people are going to read the rest of that WSJ article, which goes on to describe the rumor as “groundless.”

  11. “I spoke with Lewis during the week after the race. He told me that he’s happy with the job that his management and Simon Fuller are doing – and as long as Lewis is happy, then I’m happy.”

    Lewis is a global star. He needs a manager to help him to deal with his brand in any part of the world. Maybe Simon Fuller can be the right man to do this particular job. But another matter is his approach as a racing driver. I think Lewis really needs a coach to help him to deal with the new regulations, race weekends, driving techniques, head hot Brazilians etc.

    Who could do this job? A retired driver? Are those guys in sintony with this new and complex F1? I dont think so…

    Something ironic in all this fuss with Massa and Smedley, is that Rob is perfect to coach Lewis. This guy is responsible for compose this Massa we see today. Before Rob, Felipe was too much error prone, result of his impulsiveness and emotional approach inside the cockpit (something we still can see at the outside!).

    Rob recalibrated Felipe, gave him some sense of perspective and, most important, discipline — something Lewis needs right now.

    In the last two years Lewis is not confortable with his race engeneers, so…

  12. Perhaps they don’t want Webber to get food poisoning again ;)

    Anyway, completely agree with the COTD to a degree;

    Junior categories are not always just for drivers, but for mechanics, strategists, team principals, even teams themselves and so forth, so it needs a good mix of driver ability and strategy to bring forward new team members as well as drivers.

    However, it doesn’t need to be technical at all really… There’s no need for DRS or KERS in feeder series, it would cost way too much to have to buy all of these things which are very much still in experimental stages. The feeder series’ cars simply need to have 4 wheels, a bit of downforce, and an engine regarding on the strength of the series.

    1. I pretty much agree with your toned down version of the COTD. I think going to DRS is not good.
      And maybe its a bit of a shame when GP2 loses the pure-ness of having the same tyres all weekend. But they gain more practice in thinking out how to approach the race (-weekend), something that seems to be a big difference when getting into F1 currently.

  13. Happy birthday to Cholle and to Yorricksfriend.

  14. it’s an advantage for GP2 drivers to have similar environment as F1. this will make them better prepared for F1 and teams will know what they can expect from the new drivers. i’m sure even teams will be happy if they get new drivers which will be able to adjust quickly to F1. As the rules are same for everyone the better driver would come out winner… but now better prepared too.

  15. putting aside the fact that this rumor is made up by Bild, whats wrong with bringing your own food? the political correctness in F1 today is reaching new heights. (come to think of it not just F1 but in general). Long gone are the good old days when drivers flirted with reporters, pulled pranks on each other, and were seen partying in a local disco. things gave changed a lot and the reaction of RB to the rumor just proves that.

    in the seventies they would have just said “so what?”

    1. This hasn’t got anything to do with ‘political correctness’.

      1. What is the problem? Do you know where you can stock a michelin star level kitchen in a foreign country at short notice? I’m sure the folks catering for the F1 teams Bring a LOT of their own food and buy fresh produce locally.

      2. After the information-policy desaster created by the japanese government it should not wonder anyone, that people might be suspicous and careful.

    2. First of all read the article:

      Second no-one in Japan gives a flying can of energy drink if someone brings in food because they don’t like Japanese cuisine. The Japanese know their food can be a bit unusual (hell any foreigner that lives here is sick of the “can you eat Japanese food?” question from well meaning locals)

      BUT the idea that a major sports team doesn’t trust the official line on food safety is massively offensive to the majority of people in Japan. It is insulting and rude to their Japanese hosts, something that can cause a major pr disaster in a very short order of time for a company if they are not careful.

      Red Bull have done nothing wrong and have done a lot to support Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, whoever spread that false rumour should never be allowed near a keyboard ever again.

  16. “…and as long as Lewis is happy, then I’m happy.”

    As in: “I’m still right.”

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