Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Abu Dhabi, 2009

Hamilton ‘not as lucky’ as Vettel with his cars

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Hamilton rues not winning a second world championship with McLaren.


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Hamilton breaks the silence with mentor Dennis (Reuters)

“When I won the world championship, I wasn’t as lucky as Sebastian has been to have a car that’s as dominant the next year as well.”

Vettel cool on title treble (The Telegraph)

“We know what to do and what to expect, but we are not expecting anything. It looks like it could go down to the last race again, right to the wire. We are ready for anything.”

McLaren expecting intense end to season (F1)

Sam Michael: “If you?re not bringing typically 0.1s, 0.15s on average to every Grand Prix you?re not going to stay competitive. And anything you bring above that on average you should start pulling away, or making up ground on your main competitors.”

Force India move for Narain Karthikeyan would be great: Lewis Hamilton (The Times of India)

“It is unfortunate that Narain is driving a slow car. Probably, it would do wonders if he were in Force India which is a pretty good team. It would be a good stepping stone for him.”

Di Resta flattered by rumours (Sky)

“You always want to be linked with these seats and thankfully I was. The best thing to hope for is that I’ll get a seat one day. I’ve always said I want to be winning races and championships, but whoever I’ll drive for I’ll be 100 per cent committed, driving the car as fast as I can and taking it to new levels.”

How Formula One fuelled riches for a few, but left them ‘poor’ (Business Standard)

“Villagers from Atta Gujran and adjoining settlements who lost their land to the Formula One track will hold a meeting in the run-up to the F1 race on October 28 to decide what to do next.”

Adrian Newey?s F1 evolution (MotorSport)

“As Newey told me during our interview, all the success he?s enjoyed in F1 ?ǣ eight drivers? titles (soon to be nine) and eight constructors? titles (ditto the last statement) ?ǣ leads back to Leyton House. He says the victories and championships at Red Bull have been particularly sweet, because he views this team as the ??unfinished business?? he left behind him at the start, when he quit Leyton House with a heavy heart as the team began to unravel.”

Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy to make motorsport debut in 2013 (Brands Hatch)

“Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian and winner of six gold medals, Sir Chris Hoy, will compete in the new for 2013 Radical SR1 Cup, run by MSVR.”

The Indian Grand Prix is special, says Jaime Alguersuari (BBC)

“One corner stands out in particular. It’s listed on the circuit map as turns 10 and 11, but actually it is one long right-hander that seems to go on forever. It’s just fantastic to go through there and feel like the corner is never ending.”


Comment of the day

Dave_E questions the changes to the DRS zone in India:

Looking back at last year?s race the passing done in the DRS zone was for the most part about how it should be with the DRS getting cars alongside but not easily all the way past. There was a few examples where DRS made things far too easy but more where it didn?t.

Extending the DRS zone will likely now shift the balance to the point where there is more of the easy passing & less of the passing where DRS works like it was supposed to.

I think there starting to lose sight of how DRS was supposed to work, It wasn?t supposed to make passing too easy, It was simply supposed to help get cars alongside & allow good wheel to wheel racing into the braking zone so that the actual pass had to be completed by the out-braking skills of the drivers.

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On this day in F1

Riccardo Patrese scored his final F1 win 20 years ago today in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Team mate Nigel Mansell had shot off into an early lead, then suddenly slowed and let Patrese past. But Mansell retired anyway, joining Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher who also hit trouble.

Gerhard Berger was second for McLaren ahead of an exhausted Martin Brundle who was suffering from food poisoning.

Here’s the start of the race from two onboard cameras:

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