“It’s unbelievable how close it is” – Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2012In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says the championship is “unbelievably” close as he leads seven drivers covered by 25 points.

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Canadian GP – Conference 4 (FIA)

“It?s unbelievable to see just how close it is. We got a win and 25 points and I only have a two point lead, so it?s incredible how close it is and I think it will stay that close throughout the year. Again, it just highlights how important consistency is.”

Mercedes apologises to Schumacher (Autosport)

Ross Brawn: “He suffered a hydraulic issue which left his DRS jammed open and it was not possible to fix it in race conditions. I can only apologise to Michael for a further technical failure.”

Red Bull ready to solve tyre mystery (The Telegraph)

“[Christian] Horner said he felt his team were well placed to win this year?s ‘race within the race'; understanding this year?s rule changes, and in particular the extremely sensitive Pirelli tyres.”

Q&A with Mercedes? Nico Rosberg (F1)

“Everybody is really close out there. Take Monaco. We had the best car there whereas here it wasn?t the case. So it is bit up and down from track to track. I think in the end it is just important to be as consistent as possible and then there will come a track where you again have the fastest car. And then there you will win again. Hopefully!”

James Allen via Twitter

“Ron Dennis says ‘Lewis last contract was signed at a time when the economy was slightly different.’ Different expectations this time…”

Timo Glock’s 2004 maiden F1 race memorable (Montreal Gazette)

“‘You?re going racing, son,’ [Eddie] Jordan told his 22-year-old test- and practice-session driver in as many words.”

Jacques Villeneuve is still a spoiled brat (The Vancouver Sun)

“You could put everything Villeneuve knows about the struggle to pay tuition ?ǣ the struggle of life in general ?ǣ in a thimble, with room to spare. This is the privileged Little Prince who got his education at a Swiss boarding school, then parlayed some talent and his father?s name into a ride with what was then an excellent Williams team.”

Comment of the day

Lots of praise for yesterday’s race but also a lot of criticism about DRS. Guilherme makes two points:

The DRS zone was silly. Quite a few of those passes would have happened anyway, but they would be more exciting without the DRS as they would be battiling till the braking zone for position, but no, they just storm past 400 meters before the corner.

I bet it would be much better if the zone was in the pit straight or in the run for the final hairpin.

While we?re talking about DRS, didn?t they all say last year that, if the DRS failed while opened, then it would be shut down automatically purely form the aerodynamic pressure on the wing? I guess Schumacher must be wondering that too…
Guilherme

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108 comments on “It’s unbelievable how close it is” – Hamilton

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 11th June 2012, 3:56

    “You could put everything Villeneuve knows about the struggle to pay tuition – the struggle of life in general – in a thimble, with room to spare. This is the privileged Little Prince who got his education at a Swiss boarding school, then parlayed some talent and his father’s name into a ride with what was then an excellent Williams team.”

    I’ve never been a fan of Jacques Villeneuve, but this weekend was a new low for him. The protesters targeted the race because of the “sexist, anti-environmental, elitist and economic values” that the race represented, and I’m pretty sure that JV only validated their claims every time he opened his mouth, and only damaged the sport. Especially since his comments displayed a fundamental lack of understanding about politics, economics, sociology, the education system and probably half a dozen other subjects to boot. Ever since leaving the sport, he seems to have been focused on creating a character for himself: edgy, hard hitting, and controversial, unafraid to speak his mind – like a fifteen year-old who claims they say what they want to say, and that if other people don’t like it, then they need to deal with it on their own time. It’s getting to the point where he is being controversial for the sake of being controversial, which effectively makes him a troll.

    JV, sometimes it really is better to remain silent and appear stupid than to opn your mouth and remove all doubt.

    • OOliver said on 11th June 2012, 8:27

      I will add my signature to that.

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 12th June 2012, 15:58

        I disagree with your opinion, PM. A new low? As if. The protests started in Montreal over a tiny hike in student tuition fees to the amount of $245 per year added to what are already the lowest fees in North America. And to make their point, they have acted as hooligans and vandals and have caused millions in damage to property and to tourism in order to ‘get their way.’ That’s how it started, but in order for their cause to fit the F1 race they decided to make it about all that is wrong with the entity of F1. If they are so disgusted about the race, for such honourable reasons, where were the protests last year, and the year before?

        This mess is truly about a frenzy of union backed anarchists who continue to use violence to state their case, and JV, obviously a proud Quebecer and a proud Canadian, is embarassed by their actions.

        The controversial ones are those destroying the city for kicks, not those who are speaking out against that. And don’t we all “say what they want to say, and that if other people don’t like it, then they need to deal with it on their own time”? It’s called giving your opinion when asked, and then others can disagree or agree at their whim. That doesn’t make a person a troll. It makes a person a person. And at least JV isn’t stating his opinion while hefting a brick into a store window in downtown Montreal. Now THAT would be a new low. And it is for those who’ve decided they deserve free tuition and are going to destroy the city until they get their way.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 12th June 2012, 21:18

          The more I look at that quote PM uses, the more angry I get. If losing your Dad at a very young age doesn’t represent ‘struggle of life’ what does? How does that compare to the struggle of needing to find an extra $245 per YEAR for an already incredibly low tuition fee. For an education that will earn them potentially great deals of money. How many of these students have their tuition paid for by their parents, which is a very common thing to do…one of the responsibilities many parents take on as soon as their kid(s) are born. In fact Quebec’s fees are so low most parents wouldn’t need to start planning for their kid’s education from their birth. They could just cut the school a cheque when the time comes. That’s how low the tuition fees are.

          This ‘privileged Little Prince’ also does great charity work, so perhaps he is well aware of the advantages he has and the disadvantages others have. But perhaps he, like most Canadians, don’t respond so kindly to those who claim they need charity destroying innocent bystanders’ property in order to achieve said charity.

          JV didn’t just parlay ‘some’ talent. He became a WDC. And along with his father’s name came huge pressure and expectations for him to win at all times. He had to develop quickly into his own man and reinforce that fact that he was his own person and not a clone of Gilles. So no surprise he is outspoken, has his opinions, can no doubt be swayed by good arguments, but otherwise is going to speak his mind when asked, because that is what he has to do to sleep at night. He’s no phony. He won’t sugar coat it.

          And regarding the protesters in Montreal? He speaks for most Canadians. One would think a Vancouver newspaper would have a little more sympathy for a city getting trashed, since it has happened a few times in that city too.

          My goodness, if students in Montreal are in such a struggle to pay such a relatively small tuition, then the problem must be very very bad in most cities in North America that charge their students way way more. And yet do we see those cities being trashed? Huge tourism dollars being squandered? Innocent tax paying businesses being penalized? NO.

          The Vancouver Sun comes across as whiny unionists who aren’t happy enough to see everyone else struggle so they can have all the luxuries a union contract provides. No. They want more and more without caring one iota where the money is to come from, out of whose pockets, to pay for all that they demand…by force…

  2. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 11th June 2012, 5:00

    “He suffered a hydraulic issue which left his DRS jammed open and it was not possible to fix it in race conditions. I can only apologise to Michael for a further technical failure.”

    Scumachers race was ruined when a dreadful decision was made to pit him early (once again!). So, irrespective of the hydraulic failure, I doubt he would have finished in the points. I think the team are trying to gamble too much with MSC. What they need to do is follow the basics:

    1) Perform the qualifying runs on time. Go out early, like Rosberg and Vettel…
    2) Use whatever tyres available to get the best qualifying position, like Alonso! No point in saving tyres if team is incompetent with race strategy.
    3) Stop pitting early during the race, for crying out loud!
    4) Concentrate on improving reliability

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 12th June 2012, 12:32

      I agree @maksutov that in this race at least, but also likely in Monaco, they were fooling around a bit too much with his car. Not sure why, they should just try to get him to the finish in the points first, not go for a podium straight away.

  3. justhuman (@justhuman) said on 11th June 2012, 6:09

    That Vancouver Sun bit is crap. So, I should value what Jacques Villeneuve has to say less because he had a father who was very successful and blessed his family with the kind of life every man yearns to give his own sons? Somehow that makes his words less substantive, or inherently inferior to the comments of someone who came from a poorer background? Well, let’s just judge everything by a class system and separate people based upon family history and income. Yeah, that’ll make things better. I’d rather take what people say and judge it based upon its own substance and relevance, rather than dismiss people out of hand because they have been blessed by the success of their parents. The real spoiled brats in Canada are these “protesters” who are throwing tantrums and disrupting events in the city.

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