Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Suzuka, 2011

Hamilton: “I just wasn’t quick enough”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says: “I was quick in qualifying, I wasn’t quick in the race.”


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Loss of form baffles Lewis Hamilton (The Independent)

“I just wasn’t quick enough. I was quick in qualifying, I wasn’t quick in the race.”

Where has Lewis Hamilton gone? (The Buxton Blog)

“I almost want to grab him and slap him and ask where the hell Lewis Hamilton is? Where?s the friendly, open, passionate racer, who used to laugh off adversity and show the kind of racecraft on track that left you with your jaw on the floor?”

New low increases Lewis Hamilton concerns (BBC)

“There is something in Hamilton’s life, some distraction that is adversely affecting his performance. Only he can know what that is.”

Pirelli to discuss Q3 issue with FOTA (Autosport)

Paul Hembery: “There is nothing too wrong with the qualifying. This three session system is very good: it is just that conserving tyres is nonsense. And it is nonsense because if [Sebastian] Vettel and the top six can win races having gone through the three sessions, then it means everyone can do it.”

Nico Hulkenberg via Twitter

“I’m still in Japan and will fly to Korea on Wednesday. I will not drive there on Friday, because it’s quite a new Track for Adrian [Sutil] and [Paul di Resta].”

Forget Schuey… Vettel’s on course to become F1’s most decorated driver (Daily Mail)

“Turner also wants Simon Lazenby to front [Sky’s F1] coverage. While Sky Sports News presenter Georgie Thompson has been mooted as a possible option, Turner, who worked with Lazenby during his time in rugby, wants to bring him across to F1.”

In defence of the 2011 F1 season (The Guardian)

“It’s been no classic but there has been much to enjoy away from the [Vettel’s] domination up front. It is just that the big picture of the title race has marginalised a lot of the action into unconnected, one-off events on track.”

Petra Ecclestone wants to be taken seriously (Daily Telegraph)

Of passing interest to anyone who might like to know where a sizeable chunk of the money Bernie Ecclestone made from F1 has gone.

Japanese GP Review (Williams)

Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan: “Pastor [Maldonado’s] race balance on option tyres and low fuel during the last stint was reasonable but it is clearly evident that the overall pace of the car needs to dramatically improve.”

Seven meetings and new horizons in 2012 (World Series by Renault)

“As well as visiting the six tracks on the 2011 schedule, WSR will also be pitching up in Russia at the new Moscow Raceway.”

The Prancing Horse steps up its solidarity with Japan (Ferrari)

“On Saturday in Suzuka the team hosted a family that had lost everything because of the quake and tomorrow, Ferrari Japan, at the Japanese launch of the 458 Spider, will put up for auction the nose of a 150??? Italia used in the Australian Grand Prix, which bore the Japanese flag and the message ‘Forza Giappone.'”

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Comment of the day

John H imagines how the 1979 French Grand Prix might have been affected by modern-day stewards:

News just in… Gilles Villeneuve handed 25-second post race penalty by the FIA after taking 32 years to review the footage. He has been demoted to fourth place a spokesman today confirmed.

Renault driver Rene Arnoux was handed second place and is said to be “ecstatic” that justice has finally been served describing Villeneuve?s driving as “mindless” and going on to comment that the former Ferrari ace “just doesn?t learn”.

Alan Jones is now classified third and is said to be “decidedly nonplussed” with the podium result.
John H

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    1. Yes more unreconstructed males like Alan Jones and maybe a Keke Rosberg should be stewards not hand wringing “modern” males.

      What is lost when people talk about Senna, but he wasnt the only one, is how aggressive they were and how many “avoidable accidents” there were generally in f1. The high media focus and general wimperisation in modern life has meant anyone doing anything to anyone is scrutinised and holes picked. Its a bit boring really but i guess its the price we pay for opening up the sport to the masses. curse the masses.

      1. Alan Jones and Keke Rosberg raced in the era when F1 was truly opened up to the masses, so I don’t know what you’re on about.

        Every decade, F1 fans decide that a new decade was the last of the “true” F1 drivers. Currently, it is the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was the 1970s. In the 1980s, it was the 1960s. In the 1960s and 1950s, it probably was the 1930s.

        Pardon me while I have a chuckle.

    2. Excellent donuts form Vettel :)

    3. In 1980-82 when rosberg and jones were racing youd get the race on a sunday with 5 mins of preamble and as soon it was over youd be back onto Sunday Grandstand. The papers barely covered it and by the time it appeared in the specialist press the race had happened upto a month before. now you get hours just for qualifying and of course the internet etc etc and for sure you dont get away with what you did then. Youtube some races from the early 80’s and you’ll see cars creeping before the red light goes out, backmarkers crashing into front runners, hugely aggressive changes of direction. Its all there.

      So no its not the same now and i do know what im on about.

      For the record i think the last 3 years has been as good as it ever has been in F1 since i started watching – 1979

    4. ..i meant to say and its not the same becuase of the increased profile the sport has… lawn bowls may be hugely contoversial but no one cares cos no ones watching…

    5. i guess Hamilton just wants to end this season and put it all away! it’s been a frustrating months after spain for him…he had such a good run before monaco but it all went downhill right after that….

      1. He won at Germany, so I guess that at least that one he doesnt want to forget :)

    6. There’s a lot of speculation in the BBC and Independent articles over what’s wrong with Lewis, but both seem to conclude exactly that – there is something wrong with him. Perhaps there is, and is these jounalists see him often then maybe they are in a better position to judge than me sat at home, but ultimately if something’s bothering Lewis then only he truly knows what it is and it’s down to him to deal with it.

      Rather than having some major trauma in his life, it could simply be demotivation caused by a rough season. He’s faced increased pressure from his team mate, hasn’t been able to challenge for the title, hasn’t had as many victories as he’d like, and has had rather too many incidents and penalties.

      By his own stellar standards, it has been a poor year. We’ve seen it with other drivers though, and in particular I’m thinking of Jenson during 07-08 driving that dog of a Honda. He never seemed happy when he appeared on TV, and lack of success was to blame for that. Look what a difference it made when he got a winning car.

      It’s possible that the best antidote for Lewis is a couple of good results, for him to feel like he drove a good race and for the media to be applauding him instead of criticising him. If he feels like he’s on top of his game, then that may make all the difference.

    7. Youd maybe correct J except he hasnt done it the easy way, a Rosberg or even a Schumacher may be seen as doing it the “easy way.”

      Hes had to fight every step of the way and Mclaren were an extremly hard taskmaster, he had to win stuff all the awy thru the formula’s to be given a chance. He may be burned out to be honest. Plenty of prodigy sportsmen dont last till theyre 30 at the top.

      Id say he needs a year out though that might be a bit dramatic, he certainly needs a good winter break.Hes beeen going like this since he was 6 yrs old and he maybe doesnt have the sense of entitlement you think he has. If anything he perhaps, compared to the rich kids down the paddock, needs to feel more sense of entitlement. He certainly deserves to be there but deep down does he feel a bit of an outsider?

    8. I mean nothing disrepectful to Hamilton whom I admire immensely, but F1 is more complicated than Karting.

      I believe he tries to drive an F1 car like a sprint Kart race. Burns up tyres in the process (I exxagerate a little for effect) and lacks strategy craft, neither of which are too much of a concern if racing from the front.

      But sometimes you just have to bide your time and find the right time and the right place and have a longer view of a race.

      Worked for Schumacher, worked for Alonso worked for Button, Vettel hasn’t had the opportunity leading most races from the front.

      What I have noticed this year now that Button has found an even keel, is that while Hamilton tries to scamper off into the distance early in a race, Button’s best race time is the ‘end game’ when he has energy and tyres over his competitors.

      Canada he (Button) took 4 places in the final laps, and although leading the latter half in Japan, he didn’t hassle Vettel early and ruin his race and still had (just enough this time) reserve at the end to put in the fastest lap and hold off an attacking Alonso.

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