Hamilton: “I should have 50 points, but I don’t”

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Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2012In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton admits he should have scored more points so far this year.

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Lewis Hamilton stresses McLaren positives and knuckles down for China (The Guardian)

“I should have 50 points, but I don’t. Yeah, we would love to have 20 points more, but at least we’ve had consistency and we’re there in the fight.”

No extra security needed for Bahrain – motorsport chief (BBC)

Bahrain Motor Federation president Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifa: “All I can guarantee you is you will be as safe as at any other Grand Prix.”

Written answers to questions (UK Parliament)

Alistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State): “This is not a decision for the British Government and we have not made representations to the Federation Internationale de l?Automobile (FIA) regarding a decision on whether to cancel, reschedule or re-locate the Bahraini Grand Prix. Similarly, we have not lobbied any other country to take a position on this matter or to make representation to the FIA. It remains entirely the decision of the FIA on whether to postpone or cancel any race. I have told the Bahraini authorities that if the race does take place, we expect it to do so under the right conditions.”

Formula One to raise $1bn in loan [refinancing] – source (Reuters)

“Formula One’s shareholders include CVC which owns 63.4 percent of the company, Lehman Brothers’ administrators with 15.3 percent, Chief Executive Officer Bernie Ecclestone with 5.3 percent and Ecclestone’s former wife Slavica’s Bambino Holdings with 8.5 percent.”

Statement regarding Formula One finances (F1)

“Formula One Group has launched a process to extend its current financing facilities. This will involve raising $2.27bn of new facilities with maturities in 2017/18, replacing the company?s existing $2.92bn facilities which are due to mature in 2013/14.”

Ferrari cash in on new deal with Ecclestone (The Independent)

“Ferrari are believed to have followed Fernando Alonso’s shock win in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix by concluding a lucrative deal with the Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone, receiving significantly better payments under a new Concorde Agreement to which the majority of teams are said to have agreed over the race weekend.”

Vettel labelled a Red Bully by backmarker Karthikeyan (The Mirror)

“Some guys when lapping they just try and bully you so much, it?s not fair. They overtake and want you to go off the road and it?s not right.”

Domenicali: “We have to continue to play a counter-attacking game” (Ferrari)

“I well remember that, four years ago, in fact right after a Malaysian Grand Prix, which was won for us by Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe was more or less in the same situation as today. The papers were demanding his immediate replacement and he managed to react in the best way possible, thanks to support from the team, which saw him win two of the next three races.”

Young driver test could be in Britain (Autosport)

“One idea that has received some support is to try and shift the young driver test to take place at Silverstone immediately after the British GP. However not all teams are in favour because of the difficulty of sorting out drivers at that stage of the campaign.”

The beginning of a legend: Ayrton Senna’s breakthrough Formula One car set to sell for ??750,000 (Daily Mail)

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Comment of the day

I hadn’t realise quite how few drivers had matched Alonso’s feat of winning at the same track with three different constructors until Paul Gilbert pointed it out:

Drivers to have won at the same venue for 3+ different teams:

Moss at Monza ?ǣ Maserati (1956), Vanwall (1957), Cooper (1959)
Fangio at Spa ?ǣ Alfa Romeo (1950), Maserati (1954), Mercedes (1955)
Fangio at Buenos Aires ?ǣ Maserati (1954, 1957), Mercedes (1955), Ferrari (1956)
Fangio at Nurburgring ?ǣ Mercedes (1954), Ferrari (1956), Maserati (1957)
Prost at Silverstone ?ǣ Renault (1983), McLaren (1985, 1989), Ferrari (1990), Williams (1993)
Alonso at Kuala Lumpur ?ǣ Renault (2005), McLaren (2007), Ferrari (2012)
Paul Gilbert

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On this day in F1

Today in 2009 Williams responded to a protest by Red Bull and Ferrari against the double diffusers used by themselves, Toyota and Brawn, with a protest of their own.

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238 comments on Hamilton: “I should have 50 points, but I don’t”

  1. Dobin1000 (@dobin1000) said on 28th March 2012, 14:24

    Is that the best you can come up with? V. poor…

  2. Fixy (@fixy) said on 28th March 2012, 15:35

    Massa’s situation is very complex.
    It’s not the 2009 rules – he was strong in that year and had just reached the podium for the first time, with the F60 getting better, before having his crash.
    It’s not Alonso as team mate – he kept his pace in the early part of 2010, and beat him at times.
    It’s not his crash – as said above, he had a great start to the 2010 season in Bahrain, and showed good pace in the following races.
    It might be the Pirelli tyres, but they can only explain a little of the enormous gap Felipe has to Fernando.
    It might be a mix of the above though – he never looked the same again after Germany 2010. He had some exceptions (such as Italy), and he was perhaps inconsistent, but definitely he still had the speed. His drop in results coincided with Alonso’s improvement, and maybe they were a further reason for Felipe to lose faith in himself, and for the team do so as well.
    2011, and up to now 2012, have instead been horrible years for Felipe. It might be him getting old (but he’s only 30), it might be that the two cars have not been to his liking, it might be that the Pirellis are not suitable for his driving style, but nothing can fully justify his poor performances.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 28th March 2012, 17:27

      I think it is no one thing for FM…imho if we are to pick on 2011 and 2012 so far, let’s look at a Ferrari that was only 3rd in the WCC chase last year, and a heavily changed car for this year that the team admits they need more time with. Last year the Pirelli’s were new to everyone, but not everyone took to them the same way or at the same pace, so FM may have suffered initially more than some in struggling when the tires weren’t ‘on’. And all the teams are dealing with less downforce this year vs. last due to the big ding the effect of EBD has taken, Red Bull perhaps suffering the most relative to last year since last year’s car was designed by Newey around the EBD.

      So perhaps Ferrari never did really come to terms with the new Pirelli’s last year, as their car wasn’t ‘there’, and perhaps the tires this year, although quite similar but slightly different, still are part of the learning curve for Ferrari now that this car is so different from last year’s.

      I think FM is not that far off, and one thing against him is that being off even a little in a close field can mean many positions…the upside being that being on even a little can mean a gain in many positions.

      For now, as I see Red Bull not the force they were last year, and Merc qualify very strongly and so far not nearly translate that pace to Sundays, I see it as variable so far for many teams, and I’m not ready to deem that FM is in deep trouble. Other than the type of trouble any team is in when they aren’t dominant and have to fight to progress and do better, which is the case 99% of the time. Let’s give FM/Ferrari more time to sort things out and I’ll bet on average his pace won’t look so bad all things considered. I’m sure he is one of his own biggest critics and is looking not just at the team for answers but at himself in the mirror to find any and every possible avenue to improve. As should always be the case for all athletes on all teams in all sports. But a driver is coloured by his car, and if we’re not ready to say FA is about to win the next race because he has now found some secrets that caused him to win the last race and that FM won’t be included in on, then let’s give FM some room to breathe and he and the team, including FA, time to sort it out. The good news is FA’s winning finish, whatever the conditions were that brought it, has bought them some time. And if Mac continues on and becomes the new ‘Red Bull’ runaway team, all the other drivers will be in FM’s shoes. Coloured by their car and needing to find answers from the team and from within.

  3. F1fanNL (@) said on 28th March 2012, 21:36

    Some (well most if you look at the comments) clearly can’t read all too well….

    “Some guys when lapping they just try and bully you so much, it’s not fair. They overtake and want you to go off the road and it’s not right.”

    Where does he mention Vettel here? He could have just as easily been referring to Hamilton. Seeing as letting Hamilton through was the reason he went too wide that isn’t such a long stretch. Plus, Hamilton has pushed slower cars aside before.

    But anyways. I don’t see why people feel for Karthikeyan. He was the one who chose to go wide when he let Hamilton and Vettel through. He was the one who chose to go to the curb. He got on the wet line and almost lost the car. He chose instead of going off the power to steer the car to the right and running the risk of hitting Vettel. Vettel only used the space that was made available to him.

    You guys really think Vettel sees Karthikeyan and thinks “Oh hey, an HRT. I’ll go push him off and show him the back end of my superior car.” Come on… Vettel was busy with one thing and one thing only, chasing Hamilton.

    • F1fanNL (@) said on 28th March 2012, 22:19

      I’ve got some proof Karthikeyan wasn’t referring to Vettel regarding getting bullied off track.

      “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnI3iabPn3I&feature=related”

      Hamilton ran Karthikeyan off the road.

      • What are you talking about, clearly Hamilton is a good couple of car lengths behind him and NK gets on the curbs (see dust flying up) so Ham gets by him.

        People will find _anything_ to make Lewis the ‘problem’

  4. DaveW (@dmw) said on 28th March 2012, 21:48

    If you read the lede, its as though Keith is purposefully trying to head off a Hamilton-related flame war: “…stresses McLaren positives and knuckles down…” So its kind of a bit of comedy to see that the general reaction is still, ZOMG arrogant jerk! I supposed after a while, if you are in his shoes, your resopnse becomes either to say nothing, as after Korea last year ( brooding jerk!) or lash out with sarcasm as in Monaco (angry jerk!).

    In other news, Domenicali’s “defense” of Massa is pitiful. There is no comparison between the two scenario’ he compares. It’s bad for you when the team is harkening back to your comparative glory days…from three years ago. I’m sure Domenicali is ashamed to be reduced to these bizarre comments to defend Massa. How far we have come in such a short time from when Massa was calling for Hamilton to be kicked out of the sport. To recall Confucious, Massa should have been concerned with the snow on his own roof. Now his roof has collapsed.

  5. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 29th March 2012, 2:43

    Alistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State): “This is not a decision for the British Government and we have not made representations to the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) regarding a decision on whether to cancel, reschedule or re-locate the Bahraini Grand Prix. Similarly, we have not lobbied any other country to take a position on this matter or to make representation to the FIA. It remains entirely the decision of the FIA on whether to postpone or cancel any race. I have told the Bahraini authorities that if the race does take place, we expect it to do so under the right conditions.”

    I can’t believe someone actually thought that parliament could in any way influence the FIA or the race in Bahrain.

  6. brum55 said on 29th March 2012, 7:22

    He is right. He is in the fastest car and therefore should be the fastest package but in each race he’s allowed whoever is in front of him to open a lead.

  7. brny666 said on 29th March 2012, 11:48

    If drivers come out with their well rehearsed PR talk then they’re robots. If they have an honest response that is considered rude people go bananas over it. Was Vettel rude? sure he was rude as hell, lets face it non of us want to be called a cucumber (whatever that means) or an idiot, but at least it was honest (and I personally enjoyed that). Should Vettel have tried to control himself ? Certainly. Could he? No, because in a championship fight that is set to be the closest for years (maybe decades) he knows that this race might as well have cost him the championship come Brazil, at least that was my gut feeling when the incident happened. On the business of the finger, well it has been used extensively by F1 drivers over the years convey a certain level displeasure with other drivers on track.

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