‘No excuse’ for not getting pole – Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he will have no excuse if he fails to take pole position at Monaco for the first time tomorrow.


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Hamilton aims to emulate Senna (The Telegraph)

“In 2009 I had the chance to be on pole but I crashed. I had to be on such a limit that day, it was a risk, a bit too much of a risk. Last year I did but I wasn’t quick enough. This year I know I’ve got the car, and I don’t have an excuse.”

Adrian Newey commits his ‘foreseeable future’ to Red Bull’s F1 team (The Guardian)

“Formula One’s greatest designer, Adrian Newey, will remain with Red Bull for the foreseeable future, even though Ferrari are prepared to pay an estimated £20m salary for his considerable services.”

2014 Monaco Grand Prix Thursday Press Conference (FIA)

Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci: “If I invite Adrian Newey to work at Ferrari? No.”

The rise of Brabham (MotorSport)

“Rather than slavishly follow [Colin] Chapman’s monocoque lead, Brabham stuck with space frames that were easier on the pocket, easier to repair – and damned difficult to beat.”

FIA to continue F1 noise efforts (Autosport)

“There is a growing feeling in the F1 paddock that the issue itself is becoming less important to react to.”


Comment of the day

GP2 champion Fabio Leimer didn’t get a seat in F1 this year but he will test a Lotus next week. Does he deserve a shot?

I think that one of the main reason to why Leimer can’t even seem to get close to a seat in F1 is because his GP2 championship came quite late (in his fourth season).

Comparatively speaking, Hamilton, Rosberg and Hulkenberg won their GP2 championship in their first season.

Then again, it took Grosjean four years to win a GP2 championship yet he didn’t turn out too badly (despite the slow career start).

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On this day in F1

Jarno Trulli interrupted Michael Schumacher’s winning start to the 2004 season with victory in the Monaco Grand Prix for Renault. Trulli was the only driver other than Schumacher to win in the first 13 races that year, yet he was dropped by Renault before the season ended.

Schumacher’s race came to an end after a crash in the tunnel – as did Fernando Alonso’s. The Ferrari driver tangled with Juan Pablo Montoya while the Safety Car was deployed.

This was just a few laps after Alonso went into the barriers while lapping Schumacher’s brother Ralf. Alonso left the Williams driver in no doubt who he blamed for the crash, raising his middle finger while the Renault was still sliding to a stop.


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134 comments on ‘No excuse’ for not getting pole – Hamilton

  1. Keith Campbell (@keithedin) said on 23rd May 2014, 9:21

    I don’t know why Hamilton is saying he’s the ‘hungriest’ driver. In my opinion the hungriest drivers are probably Sutil, Hulkenberg, and Vergne.

  2. Tristan said on 23rd May 2014, 9:42

    Lewis Hamilton just cannot win.a lot of our critique of him probably arises out of his uniqueness in the formula.people should take a step back ignore everything and maybe just maybe we will see a regular under 30yr old having success from nothing and managing it fairly well.one girlfriend,holidays mostly in quiet places,dresses no worse than most and seems to be very good at earning his living.if you don’t like him fine.otherwise just allow the lad to breathe please.he never said he wants to show all sub 30yr olds how to live.its his way.

  3. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 23rd May 2014, 12:24

    When you are in the position to reject a £20m offer for your services, you know your life is in a good state.

  4. Garns (@) said on 23rd May 2014, 12:27

    We all love our F1 but one of the downsides is too much said by the drivers. Its not their fault as everywhere they turn someone throws a mic in their face, and they must run out of things to say. They leave Spain and answer questions, sit on a plane then when they get off answer some more questions from the same guy!!

    I really hope Nico can even up the ledger somewhat, I don’t mind if the Mercs dominate just as long as we get a good battle until the end…………………….. and Daniel is third each race :)

    I read this week, as I am sure a lot of you did, that in 1988 & 1989 only 3 drivers won all the races for two years- Senna, Prost & Berger. Never in F1 have only two drivers won all races for the year (1988 would have been if Senna was not T-boned by a ‘never was’ in Monza). As reliability is so much better now perhaps this year we may see that record broken!!??

  5. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 23rd May 2014, 14:08

    Hamilton needs to keep his mouth shut or listen to his handlers more. Yapping about how he’s hungrier than Nico or how his background somehow makes him a better competitor is silly and comes off in a poor way.

    Seb had the same issues with his “cucumber” stuff before.

    Drivers should try to stick to what they know best: driving the car.

  6. DaveD (@daved) said on 23rd May 2014, 14:09

    A lot of people are piling on Lewis and I find that interesting. A great number of these reports are taken out of context or they are flat out wrong as they go for sensational headlines to get eyeballs and clicks. Secondly, yes, Lewis and anyone else can say some stupid things when you have someone constantly putting a mic in your face and asking questions, many of them almost goading you for a sound bite they can use for headlines.

    But at the end of the day, Lewis didn’t beat his wife or girlfriend, he didn’t abuse children or do drugs or get caught shoplifting somewhere. He didn’t deny the Holocaust or say a bunch of racists stuff.

    If these fairly low key statements ares a reason to hate him considering all the stupid stuff we see from people in the public eye, then we’re probably being too hard on him. Having a bit of an ego is necessary to perform at this level and being proud of overcoming odds is something we encourage in nearly every profile you say in print or TV. He hasn’t had the worst life in the world, but like most people he’s overcome some circumstances and to him, it’s something to be proud of. Not a major crime.

    • Scepter said on 23rd May 2014, 16:31

      Great post, some think Lewis is handed a mic and told you have 10 minutes to say what ever he wants, he was simply asked a question and he replied, without knowing the context of the questions people always misunderstand these articles.

  7. Kimoni Nakamoto (@) said on 23rd May 2014, 18:19

    It’s time something was done about teams putting pressure on their drivers to lose weight, all they talk about these days is how hungry they are.

  8. it was sad to see and hear the V10s around monaco

  9. matt said on 24th May 2014, 0:11

    nico said he was quicker than lewis in the dry,he said he’d definitely beat lewis in china,,,i didnt hear ppl calling nico arrogant,,,,i wonder why.it seems its only a problem when lewis sais something.lewis was happy for nico when he won in aus,he sais nico was quicker,when he believes that to be the case.he always thanks his team,,,and yet he’s cocky and arrogant apparently….he has won 4 in a row tho,so why not be.

  10. sam said on 24th May 2014, 1:57

    Why don’t you guys just be honest and say you don’t like lewis because he’s black and he’s the best

  11. sam said on 24th May 2014, 1:57

    Why don’t you guys just be honest and say you don’t like lewis because he’s black and he’s the best

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