Ecclestone criticises Hamilton’s management

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In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone calls Lewis Hamilton’s choice of management “a disaster”.


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Bernie Ecclestone says showbiz link is a ‘disaster’ for Lewis Hamilton (The Guardian)

“I think it’s a disaster. He gets to meet people that probably he wouldn’t have met, and [who] have probably the wrong sort of influence on him. He’s at the age, perhaps, and he has the amount of money, where when he’s influenced, he can carry things through, which he wouldn’t normally have done.”

Official Statement (HRT)

HRT F1 Team is obliged to deny that Caterham Technology and Innovation, a subsidiary company of Caterham F1, will be in charge of the design and fabrication of the F112?s monocoque.”

Sauber via Twitter

“Unfortunately someone published nonsense about Kamui [Kobayashi] leaving our team. Stupid. We are very fond of him, he stays with us!”

Force India set to reveal drivers next week (GP Update)

“Silverstone-based Force India is expected to formally announce its 2012 driver line-up next week.”

Motor racing-Lotus happy for Raikkonen to take risks (Reuters)

Dany Bahar: “It’s not something we are focused on from a group perspective, saying: ‘This is Kimi now you have to do everything to protect him from going out of his own house’. It doesn’t work.”

Eric Boullier – “Over three years our aim is to be considered as one of the top teams” (Renault)

“Q: Did the fact that Romain is French make the difference?
A: Absolutely not! It was just another point in his favour. For our French partners like Total it?s a godsend to be able to take advantage of his presence as one of our drivers.”

Virgin Racing stake yields a loss for Lloyds (The Independent)

“The team, part-owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, was driven to a ??35.3m pre-tax loss in the 14 months to 31 December 2010 following a disastrous ??17.6m investment in a computer-aided car design system.”

F1 is a ‘sport as good as any other’, says Karthikeyan (Times of India)

“Amidst debate over the ‘elitist’ nature of Formula 1 and whether it qualifies to be a sport at all, Indian racing star Narain Karthikeyan on Saturday said that F1 is a sport as good as any other and the drivers involved in it work really hard.”

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Comment of the day

Electrolite thinks Toro Rosso deserved better than eighth – and their drivers deserve to keep their seats:

I want to see them both in the car next year. They?ve both impressed me, and for those two young lads to nearly claim sixth (Buemi?s reliability didn?t help) was fantastic to watch. 8th somehow doesn’t seem representative.

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37 comments on Ecclestone criticises Hamilton’s management

  1. SempreGilles (@sempregilles) said on 13th December 2011, 8:13

    Bernie is really good at digging up old wounds isn’t he… Something will change for Hamilton, since he isn’t a driver that accepts the disastrous season he had this year. But it is a change he has to make for himself.
    And I think a lot has to do with the car to. Just like most champions for the last 10 years, if you have a car that can win races driving on the front of the pack for all the weekend, you are less likely to make mistakes. And those few mistakes don’t matter anymore.

  2. Carlito's way said on 13th December 2011, 10:18

    Oh man that Boullier guy is soooo out of his depth. Can’t even handle an interview without contradicting himself. Get that guy out of there ASAP, that team deserves better

  3. LHFANATIC said on 14th December 2011, 4:39

    Bernies comments sound a bit racist to me

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 14th December 2011, 13:09

    I’m not convinced Hamilton’s woes are all down to lack of ‘proper’ management. Clearly he’s had some more personal issues and with the car not delivering as promised and the RB& romping home every weekend, frustration was going to set in regardless.

    This years frustrations will have him placed well for next year, if he learns from 2011.

    About time too Force India! Fingers crossed for Hulkenberg.

  5. The Limit said on 14th December 2011, 17:21

    Ecclestone for once spoke alot of sense, however I disagree slightly. He talks of Hamilton as if he were nine years old, not the twenty six year old man that he should be. If things like girlfriends and Ice T have affected Hamilton’s way on thinking then things are alot worse than I thought!
    Come on Bernie. F1 is a man’s game, play like a champion and send the kids back to GP2.

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