Lewis Hamilton, Ron Dennis, McLaren, Interlagos, 2008

Hamilton: “No one controls me” after leaving McLaren

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Lewis Hamilton, Ron Dennis, McLaren, Interlagos, 2008In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says no one “controls” him now he has left McLaren.


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Free at last: How Mercedes switch has left Lewis Hamilton relaxed and ready to win again (Daily Mirror)

Hamilton talks about how he feels free of the control exerted by his father and Ron Dennis, and refers to an incident three years ago where “in my personal life I was having someone saying things to me which was really affecting me… and unfortunately, it did affect me”.

Fernley: Gains hard to find (Sky)

“Apart from McLaren, who we know will come back and be as strong as always, for the rest of the teams there is not much left in these cars as they are today.”

Renault: no backing off for V6 switch (Autosport)

Renault Sport F1 deputy manging director Rob White: “We are very conscious that all the teams we currently supply expect us to be fully engaged and committed. I strongly believe that it needs to be business as usual on the race track in 2013.”

Bouris facing judgment, too (The Age)

“Some time in 2012, Delta Topco’s shareholding structure changed. The individual shareholders disappeared from the register and the company now has four times as many shares on issue, held in the names of a bewildering assortment of funds associated with CVC, JPMorgan, US vulture fund BlackRock, asset managers Waddell & Reed and insurer MassMutual.”

Vettel and Webber ‘will clash again’ (BBC)

John Watson: “I think the team have shown incredible weakness by not penalising their number one driver and they have now created a rod for their own back.”

Lewis Hamilton explains how an F1 steering wheel works (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)


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On this day in F1

Mike Spence lost his life on this day in 1968. He had taken over Jim Clark’s entry for the Indianapolis, Clark having lost his life earlier that year.

Spence was struck on the head by a wheel from his car after hitting the wall during practice at the speedway.

He had finished on the podium in Mexico three years earlier. Over the next two seasons Spence scored a series of fifth place finishes in a Reg Parnell-run Lotus and later for BRM at the wheel of their chronically unreliable H16-engined car.

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132 comments on “Hamilton: “No one controls me” after leaving McLaren”

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  1. What’s the problem in being controlled if you have nothing to hide?
    Considering events such as Melbourne 2009, perhaps Lewis should [have] be[en] more strictly controlled. I think he has matured quite a bit in the meantime but if he has a problem with his father controlling him it means he thinks either he is doing something or his father is.

    1. something *wrong*

  2. Thanks for making me COTD. I love this site , it’s the best one out there. I like the way we can all get a bit carried away in our comments due to our passion for our favourite drivers.

    1. @sonia54 You’re welcome! And thanks.

      1. Traverse (@)
        8th May 2013, 0:14

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  3. Entered here just to see the usual Hamilton bashing (which happened), but was surprised with some really great comments by @tango and @william-brierty. Brilliant.

    1. :D
      Yeah, and it seems the bashers never get tired.

    2. Traverse (@)
      7th May 2013, 19:14

      Sadly, people envy success.

    3. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      7th May 2013, 20:06

      Read my stuff more often, I’d say it normally classes as “great stuff”.

      1. @william-brierty a wee bit of self-advertising there are we? :P I tend to think I am a great F1 philosopher also, but I imagine most people would disgaree on that basis!

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          9th May 2013, 10:02

          @vettel1 – No, not so much “self-advertising”, more “tongue-in-cheek arrogance”. Although, yes, I do feel my rather unique and punchy perspective on pretty much everything makes me a rather engaging comment to read, although, when you agree with me, I’d say some of your comments hold validity too. I would certainly expect most people on this site would hold your good self among the more insightful of this site’s regulars.

          1. @william-brierty why thank you very much! At least when I’m not on Alonso attack mode anyway :P

            Yea I was kind of being tongue-in-cheek also but I’m not saying I disagree with you: I do find you raise some very thought-provoking and insightful points!

          2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
            10th May 2013, 8:38

            @vettel1 – Oh, I’m blushing now.

  4. It seems that Lewis was thrown out of McLaren s garage recently as he went to say hello.

    And you feel he should not say what he feels even if it is as innocuous as what he said.

    Shouldn’t he be happy to be freer? And decide who he endorses and gets revenue from?

    Give the guy a break.

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