Hamilton admits loss of focus in 2011

F1 Fanatic round-up

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Jerez, 2012

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Jerez, 2012

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton admits he made too many sacrifices to his performance in 2011.

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Hamilton: Last year I put having fun before Formula One

“Last year quite a lot of times I went out and enjoyed myself thinking that these things don’t affect you but in actual fact they do, they have a knock-on effect. It takes you two days to recover, you miss two days of training and your mind is somewhere else when you get to the race.”

Domenicali: ??Four races to find out what the hierarchy is in 2012?? (Ferrari)

“I?ve got pressure on my back, which is as it should be. I am not the one who designs the car: my task is to give my people everything they need in terms of organisation and structure. Having said that, I am very much aware of my responsibilities. There is pressure, but I feel the support of the whole team and of president Montezemolo.”

Horner: 2011 made Red Bull stronger (Autosport)

“It is easy to forget how young a team we are. This is our eighth season and our eighth car and I think in all areas last year we were stronger as a team.”

Ross Brawn: ‘You’re here to represent the history of Mercedes’ (The Guardian)

“If Michael [Schumacher] were feathering the throttle in fast corners and not confident about his ability to deal with it, you’d say, well, clearly, you can see it’s slipping away from him. But you don’t see that ?ǣ in fact often he’s the same or even quicker in the fast corners. Nico [Rosberg] just seems to have more of an intuitive ability to get the most out of the tyres on one lap.”

A Champion?s Take on Racing Safety (The New York Times)

John Surtees: “The cars of the 1950s were relatively safe, having been, for the most part, very, very well engineered. When we came to the 1960s, a new generation of young entrepreneurs came in. But these fellows did not have a lot of money to develop components. When the cars went quick, they won going away. When they didn?t, they fell apart, usually at the peril of the driver.”

Silverstone gets ??460m facelift (The Sun)

“The space-age 3D plans include 95,000-seat covered grandstands, an open-air music arena, kart circuit, museum, three trackside entertainment hubs for fans and three hotels – one opposite the pits and linked by a walk bridge.”

Comment of the day

Dani Clos, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Pedro de la Rosa, Narain Karthikeyan, HRT, 2012

Radio 5 Live snaps four potential assistant commentators for 2013

We had lots of good suggestions for yesterday’s caption from Prisoner Monkeys, Tom L, Harry, Sam3110 and Richard Charles.

But my favourite of all was suggested by Tom – and you can see it on the caption here.

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On this day in F1

Two years ago today the FIA opened applications for entries to fill the vacant slot for a 13th team in F1.

But the FIA eventually decided none of the entries were good enough, much to the chagrin of Jacques Villeneuve who had planned an entry with former GP2 team Durango.

The slot for a 13th team remains vacant.

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60 comments on Hamilton admits loss of focus in 2011

  1. baluundertaker (@baluundertaker) said on 11th March 2012, 14:15

    With respect to Brawn’s comments on qualifying difference between Rosberg and Schumacher, i believe its easily possible Rosberg would have been a better qualifier even in schumacher’s heydays. Schumacher was never really one-lap specialist. Though he has 60 odd poles i guess, his wins vastly outnumber his pole positions, thoroughly indicating his race-craft is much better than pure qualifying.
    Just like i don’t see button beating hamilton in qualifying consistently, i don’t really see schumi beating rosberg in qualifying as the difference between them was pretty significant in many races though in races they might end up in different positions.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 12th March 2012, 15:44

      Should be fascinating…Brawn seems to be setting us up to not expect MS to start outqualifying NR, only this year I think that will be much more to MS’s demise on Sundays if in fact the field is a lot tighter this year as testing has shown, and as drivers (including MS) and those in F1 as well as fans are expecting. Also, very interesting to hear (read) Brawn confirming that MS had the luxury of designer tires up to his retirement.

      I’ve been saying this for several months now…MS was hurt very little by his poor quali performances last year because while they sat a distant (from 3rd) 4th in the WCC, Renault and everyone else sat a distant (from Merc) 5th…ie. come the end of Sunday’s races MS was able to catch up to NR in spite of his poor grid spot starts. And sometimes he made up some spots at the start of the race, but again, racing to the first corner against cars he should have put behind him on Saturday.

      So this year if the field is much tighter and MS doesn’t up his quali game, and NR’s remains strong, I expect MS to suffer much more on Sundays for it. And I think that could also mean more broken front wings for MS than last year as he tussles with cars much more close in performance to his and struggles perhaps sometimes in frustration, or at least with less breathing room than last year to claw his way back up the field.

      It’s gonna be fascinating to see.

  2. kimi on tele said on 11th March 2012, 15:20

    A heads up for those that can get it, Kimi Raikkonen is on Top Gear tonight at 8pm BBC2.

    • kimi on tele said on 11th March 2012, 20:25

      After obviously checking before posting (many times) was the link from the forums there before 15:20?

  3. Schumacherisboss (@schumacherisboss) said on 11th March 2012, 16:30

    Thats what happens when you drink

  4. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 11th March 2012, 17:37

    Random question: will the old piece of tarmac from Abbey to Brooklands at Silverstone be left alone or dismantled? From those pictures it looks as though they’ll build around it rather than on top of it. Will they leave it there for nostalgic purposes, or are they actually going to keep it there for an alternate piece of race track?

  5. alexf1man (@alexf1man) said on 11th March 2012, 17:43

    Fernando Alonso is on Twitter – @alo_oficial – use the hashtag #FollowFernandoAlonso to spread the word.

  6. a week to go said on 11th March 2012, 20:58

    Let Sky Sports managerment of the Premiership be a warning, even if u throw momey at it, it will still crash eventually, late night highlights will lead to F1 being an “and also on sports news”.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th March 2012, 0:26

      Your “name” is already out of date but look on the bright side, if F1 goes to the status of yachting or badminton you will be able to watch the delayed broadcast still wondering what will happen at the finish.

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