Hamilton believes title win is ‘not impossible’

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton feels that with 12 races to go this season, it’s not impossible for Mercedes to win the world championship in 2013.

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Hamilton says title ‘not impossible’ for Mercedes (Sky)

Lewis Hamilton: “Vettel was pulling away from me at a second per lap in Montreal. We’re not going to gain a second before the next race. But we can definitely beat the rest. As for the championship there are still 12 races left. It’s not impossible. But we need to make another big step with the car.”

Williams takes positives from Canadian GP despite no points (Autosport)

Claire Williams: “It has been a really good boost for morale. Really it has. I think that is really important when you work so hard and your team works so hard. You need those reminders of why you are doing it, so that was really good.”

Gary Anderson’s review of the Formula 1 season so far (BBC)

“McLaren’s statistics do not make good reading and the biggest problem is they don’t seem to have a clue where they are going. If they cannot improve, it will mean a major reduction in prize money – as much as ??40m. Finding a sponsor to make up that shortfall will be no easy task.”

Space preventing F1 comeback Kubica (ESPN)

Robert Kubica: “Driving F1 would not be such a big problem, the problem would be to drive a complete race in all circuits but unfortunately that is not possible for now. The problem in F1 is the space. Maybe one day if the FIA say the car has to be 10-15 cm wider, I can drive – but it is not that rally is second choice.”

Silverstone Young Driver Test dates confirmed (ESPN)

“Silverstone has confirmed that it will host a Young Driver Test at the circuit from July 17-19.”

New Jersey? No Chance! (Darren Heath)

“You may have seen pictures of construction captioned as F1-related sites. They?re not. New condominiums, shops, offices and a multi-level car park are actually what?s been photographed.”

IndyCar, Classic F1 Cars Coming to Forza Motorsport 5 (IGN)

“Forza Motorsport 5 will feature Formula 1 cars, including the 1976 McLaren M23 and the 1976 Ferrari 312-2. These cars were driven by Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the extraordinary 1976 F1 season, where the World Championship was decided by a single point. They both feature in Ron Howard’s upcoming film Rush and will be available as a free download to all Forza Motorsport 5 players at launch.”

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After yesterday’s news that 2015’s Thai Grand Prix may have to be moved from its original setting in Bangkok, @scratt is less than impressed…

This is the kind of story that could only come out of Thailand. It???s hilarious, and so typical of the corruption and stupidity in government there.

A law past last month, against Motor Racing. How convenient! Money, or political capital, will have changed hands to ensure a change of venue ?ǣ and a change of law. And that will all be about someone somewhere paying someone else to ensure their region gets this race that will never happen.

The only interest the people involved in this farce, at the government level have, is how much money, and how much influence, they can make both inside the country and from foreign sources. And these people don???t have one jot of interest in the race ever even happening.

I doubt it has even occurred to them yet that they have to pay to have Formula One come to Thailand.

This is a terrible shame, as Thailand is a fantastic country with a great passion for racing (I have both raced and lived there myself), with a wonderful people who would adore this spectacle ?ǣ and welcome both fans and the F1 Circus itself with open arms.

In a previous article when concerns about safety and noise were raised about a city center race around historical locations in Bangkok, an assertion was made by one of the ministers for sport (motor racing no less) that they could simply ??have Mr. Ecclestone turn the noise of the engines down????
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Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna swapped the lead of the 1993 drivers’ championship several times in the opening races. But Prost’s victory in the seventh round of the season in Canada, 20 years ago today, put him back ahead and this time it was for good.

Senna was running in second when his alternator failed, handing his place to Michael Schumacher while Damon Hill took third.

Senna lost four places at the start but regained lost ground quickly in the opening laps while Prost made good his escape:

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64 comments on Hamilton believes title win is ‘not impossible’

  1. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 13th June 2013, 9:06

    Maybe McLaren officially don’t know about Allison. So they deny.

  2. ajokay (@ajokay) said on 13th June 2013, 16:00

    Doesn’t the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve look beautiful in 1992? No tarmac run-off, no lines all over the place, no massive curbs, no painted concrete or astroturf.

    Just a grey circuit and grass and gravel either side. Proper.

  3. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 13th June 2013, 17:00

    I’m very happy about the news of the addition of open wheel cars to Forza: I have always felt it was sorely missing them!

  4. Tiago Carvalho (@tiagocomodoro) said on 13th June 2013, 22:02

    I know it has been a month, but is there any good reason for James Allison to left Lotus?

  5. Dwight_js said on 13th June 2013, 22:03

    “Hamilton believes title win is not impossible”…

    …just highly improbable.

    Why do I feel like Lewis has just stepped out of a page from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? He’s probably got “Don’t Panic” written in friendly letters across his steering wheel.

  6. foleyger (@foleyger) said on 13th June 2013, 22:15

    Senna qualified 8th that yr in Montreal and gained 5 places in the first few laps not the other way around. I watched Montreal 95 last week on Sky and was brilliant without the DRS.

  7. TribalTalker (@tribaltalker) said on 14th June 2013, 12:17

    Mercedes have almost equalled last year’s points haul after just 7 races. If they carry on at the same level, they should score about 360 points this year, a solid third place in the constructors championship if last year’s figures can be used for reference – it’s about how much McLaren scored in 2012.
    If Mercedes can continue to score as highly as they have in the last two races (MON, CAN), a pretty big ask, then they would end the season on around 500 points – a winning total.
    Reality is likely to be somewhere in between – so it looks like Mercedes is fighting for second place in the championship, which is exactly what the current team points totals suggest.
    The strength of the Mercedes team is that they have two reasonable point-scoring drivers, unlike Ferrari and Lotus. I suspect that’s what HAM is alluding to.

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