Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2011

Hamilton: Qualifying problem “my mistake”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton accepts blame for the incident with Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber.

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Lewis Hamilton accepts blame for qualifying error (BBC)

Lewis Hamilton: “It was my mistake. I should have got out sooner but I was making a wing change and I went out too late.”

Japanese GP – Conference 3 (FIA)

Jenson [Button] was in front of me. He slowed down to get his gap and I was coming up to the last corner, trying to make sure that I had a gap between me and him. It wasn?t that big and just as I was coming into the chicane I looked in my mirror and I saw Mark [Webber] diving up the inside of me, and then I saw… I didn?t even see Michael [Schumacher] but as I gave Mark room, Michael nearly crashed me on the left, so it was… quite dangerous.”

Vettel’s speed of man and machine

Adrian Newey: “I think that?s the great thing about Formula One. It?s a mixture of things. You?ve got the driver, the chassis and the engine. And without getting a good combination of all of those you?re not going to win the title.”

Paddock pays tribute to Japanese as Sebastian Vettel closes on fresh fortune (The Times, subscription required)

Sebastian Vettel’s first Red Bull pay packet was a handsome ??2,000, but then he was only 10 years old. Tomorrow, at the Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel races for a fortune, a ??5 million bonus if he becomes world champion for the second time in his short yet brilliant career.”

Lopez set to buy into Group Lotus (Autosport)

“With moves underway to rebrand and rename the Enstone-based outfit as Lotus in 2012, a full integration of the F1 team and the Norfolk-based car maker appears to be on the cards.”

Bahrain situation a concern for F1 teams (Reuters)

Christian Horner: “I think that Bernie [Ecclestone] more than anybody probably is acutely aware of the situation there and when the time is right for difficult decisions that have to be made he’s demonstrated that he’s not afraid of making them.”

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Comment of the day

Magnificant Geoffrey on the mix-up between Hamilton, Webber and Schumacher at the end of qualifying:

I don?t think you can blame Lewis [Hamilton]. He was behind Jenson [Button] and had to make a gap to ensure he didn?t get compromised.

But you can’t blame Webber or Schumacher when they have a right to try and get a lap in too. And that’s what I mean, when you leave things to the last minute you just know many of your competitors will be trying to do the same.

That’s why you need to give yourself enough time to avoid being caught out. For a professional sports organisation like McLaren to adopt the mentality a teenage schoolboy takes to their homework is just not on.

Lewis [Hamilton] has made some honest mistakes this season, but McLaren have made some basic organisational errors too. If they want to challenge for titles next season, they really need to sort themselves out and nip things like this in the bud, otherwise they?ll have no chance.
Magnificant Geoffrey

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