Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2016

Tyre management ‘is not racing’ – Hamilton

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says the constant need to manage tyre degradation has a negative effect on racing.

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Comment of the day

Max Verstappen, Jos Verstappen, Monte-Carlo, 2015
Like fathers, like sons?
Is there too much nepotism in Formula One?

We talk about pay drivers all of the time, but we never seem to complain about sons of successful fathers doing well. It’s not the same as crappy pay drivers getting onto F1, but it is similar in a way. I hear Mick Schumacher is the next on the radar.

Is the sport so elite now that you can’t get in unless you have a father to show you the ropes? I am not saying that Verstappen, Sainz, Rosberg and Palmer (sort of) aren’t good drivers, but for sure they got the training of their fathers and good F1 contacts to ensure that they rose the ranks quickly.

It just seems that you are either a pay driver or a son of someone important these days. There are only a few that get in by talent alone without either money or good pedigree.

Just over half of the drivers either didn’t get here solely because of money or a father in the know. And this is the most talented field that may ever have graced F1. All I can say is that my dad is a bad dad for not being in F1 in his lifetime. Damn him for being one of the best marine engineers in Australia. I could have been one of the greats I tell you!

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Jenson Button became the first driver to lap the Mount Panorama circuit in Australia, home of the Bathurst 1000, in a Formula One car as part of a publicity stunt for McLaren: