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In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton told the stewards “I accept whatever penalty I get”.
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“Told it was his sixth penalty of the year, Hamilton replied: ‘Is that all? It feels like a lot more than that.’”
That’s because it is. Hamilton’s had five penalties in races this year, but he also had a time deletion penalty in Monaco in addition to his latest punishment. On top of that he was given a reprimand in Belgium following his coming-together with Pastor Maldonado and another for failing to slow sufficiently for yellow flags in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Vijay Mallya: “The name hasn?σΤιΌΤδσt changed. The chassis name remains the same. It?σΤιΌΤδσs like Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. So there?σΤιΌΤδσs no change of control, there?σΤιΌΤδσs no change in the chassis name, so I don?σΤιΌΤδσt require any permissions. Out of courtesy, we informed the FOM and the FOM have acknowledged our communication in the affirmative.”
“When I arrived at the track I saw that exact dog walking around the entrance of the paddock. It shows that no one really paid attention to it and the fact that it got into the track is difficult to believe. In the drivers’ briefing I will be sure to raise the point.”
“Wonder why our Indian TV channels should highlight dogs on track n dusty off track corners. Where is National pride for a great circuit?”
“This unprecedented situation has arisen after stories emanating from the Commonwealth Games, held here in India last year, where many key workers got ‘Delhi belly’ and were incapacitated.”
“Mr Ecclestone kindly called meeting with commentators and agreed to fix comm box situation for next year. Definitely like this track though.”
“The track itself is very good; not bumpy, and packed with interesting corners, changes of elevation and with a decent main straight. It is, of course, extremely dusty. The track evolution during the two sessions was very high, although this was compounded by drivers finding their feet at a new venue.”
“Good session, track improved again, lots of work as we wanted on the soft tyre. Hard to evaluate degradation with track improvement. Great track.”
“After [James] Hunt’s arrival at McLaren as Fittipaldi?σΤιΌΤδσs successor, Mass gradually found himself slipping into a subordinate role alongside his new British colleague. His inability quite to match Hunt?σΤιΌΤδσs sheer speed seemed to wear him down.”
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Comment of the day
Very clear cut. This is not about someone being out to get Lewis; this is all about the safety of the marshals, nothing more.
Coming from a racing/instructing background, when you see a double yellow, you slow down significantly (think roughly 70% pace ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ give or take), regardless of whether it’s during practice, qualifying, or the race (a marshall can die just the same in any of those sessions).
Further, it is the drivers’ responsibility to watch for the flags; even if the dash is reading “green”; a waiving flag (especially combined with a marshal in close proximity to the track) takes precedence.
I’ve heard many fellow drivers argue “they just didn?σΤιΌΤδσt see a flag” but that?σΤιΌΤδσs still no excuse; it doesn?σΤιΌΤδσt change the fact that the marshals were in danger.
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