Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Hockenheim, 2012

Hamilton says he can’t afford to keep losing ground

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Hockenheim, 2012In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he mustn’t lose more ground in the championship.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Hamilton can’t afford any more bad results (BBC)

“You can only take so many dents, especially when the guy leading has finished every race in the points.”

Pat Symonds returns to Formula 1 (MotorSport)

“My big mistake was, at that point I should have just said, ??don?t be silly. No way are we doing that.? But I didn?t. Under competitive pressure, I suffered from what we were saying [previously in the article] Michael [Schumacher] occasionally suffered from ?ǣ a serious error of judgment in the heat of competition.”

Test driver De Villota out of hospital (Reuters)

“Spanish test driver Maria De Villota, seriously injured in a crash at the start of this month, is “in good overall shape” and was released from hospital on Wednesday, her Madrid clinic said.”

McLaren ‘pretty sure’ star will stay (The Telegraph)

Ron Dennis: “I think people get the wrong impression though. When I last looked at the contract I was paying him. It?s a question of whether we employ him, not the other way around.”

Vettel asks Whiting for clarification after being hit with penalty for Button manoeuvre (Daily Mail)

“Obviously it would help to get feedback from the race director as soon as possible in that case, or from the team if we could get any idea from the outside. It would help.”

Vettel claims he was misquoted over Hamilton (Grand Prix)

“I didn’t say it was a stupid decision. If I say after the race that I think it was unnecessary and then it gets put and quoted that I said he is stupid, it is quite disappointing.”

Massa wants strong team to stay in F1 (Autosport)

“What I want is to stay in F1, but I want to stay in F1 with a possibility to race, not just to participate.”

Flagged down (The Economist)

“Mr Ecclestone is a skilled dealmaker; but he has missed out on two areas of opportunity for the sport. The first of these is the internet. […] Second, Formula One has failed to establish itself in America, despite corporate sponsors’ need for exposure in the world?s biggest market.”

Q&A with McLaren?s Jenson Button (F1)

“Now our reaction time becomes even more crucial to the pitting time. Now we have to be ready for our crew. And that pit stop really did help me to get second place in the race, so thank you very much guys.”

Hungarian GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Fernando Alonso on the FIA ruling against Red Bull’s Hockenheim engine map: “It doesn’t change anything for us. We will have exactly the same car as Silverstone or Germany and for them, we have no idea. I think they are having their press conference at four, so it’s more a question for them.”

Two top F1 engineers on the move (James Allen)

“[Giorgio Ascanelli’s] replacement at Toro Rosso looks likely to be James Key, the Englishman who was technical director at Sauber until he left the team abruptly just before the start of the 2012 season”

Lewis Hamilton: “If I?d given up I would expect to be fired…” (Adam Cooper)

“They said you can either pull over and risk the chance of getting in the way of Jenson, or you can try to unlap yourself. And so I decided to unlap myself. I had plenty of pace, I had new tyres, so that?s what I did.”

Look, listen, learn (Darren Heath)

“Back in the media room I related what I?d heard but ?ǣ as is so often the case ?ǣ the ‘well-informed’ minds present showed little interest in my story. Far better for the world to learn what Nicole and Lewis had been up to the night before than the piffling technical opinions of an F1 snapper!”

FIA President, Jean Todt meets President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso (FIA)

“On Tuesday 24 July, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, received a delegation from the FIA which included Jean Todt, President of the FIA, Carlos Barbosa, Vice-President of the FIA and President of the Automovel Club de Portugal (ACP), and the Director General of the FIA bureau in Brussels, Jacob Bangsgaard.”

McLaren and Massa worth a look for Hungary Grand Prix (UniBet)

My latest article for UniBet.

Comment of the day

Do dry races now offer more to look forward to than wet ones? Here’s a view from Sorin:

This season, dry races were more spectacular than wet ones. Tyre management is the reason.

Even more, when rain appears, let?s say normal rain, the Safety Car or a red flag will stop the race and after the restart everybody will change the tyres at the same time, so no spectacle here.

There will be some exceptions of drivers who will risk and try to overtake on wet, like Hamilton (remember last year Hungary when he made some overtakes in the wet, but lost a lot in dry) and I think Raikkonen will try and risk some overtakes on wet, too.

So I hope will be dry, for the sake of the show.

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On this day in F1

Gerhard Berger scored his and Benetton’s final Grand Prix win 15 years ago today at the Hockenheimring.

It was a fitting win, as Berger had also scored his and the team’s first win 11 years previously.

Giancarlo Fisichella held second in the closing stages but retired with a puncture. That left Michael Schumacher second ahead of Mika Hakkinen.

Here’s a review of the race:

Image ?? McLaren/Hoch Zwei