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18th December 2014, 16:21 at 4:21 pm #289226
Interesting question really.
I’d put 2012 as by definitely his strongest season. He did not put a foot wrong that season. The car and the team let him down.
Second probably comes 2014. By no means was it a flawless season in a dominant car, but he delivered some mighty fine drives in it.
I’d stick 2010 next. A mega middle part of the season was ruined by two daft errors in Belgium and Singapore. Other than that he had a really solid year. Strange really as nobody particularly stood out that year except for Robert Kubica, but Hamilton arguably made the fewest mistakes.
Next comes 2007 for me. Yes he beat Alonso, but it was clear to see that Alonso did not drive as well that year as say this season. Mega impressive, but lacked a tiny bit when it mattered it seemed.
It seems so weird to stick 2008 here, but I remember the amount of silly mistakes that Hamilton made that season. He was unlucky with punctures at times and by rules that didn’t actually exist (Spa) but he also cost himself a lot of points with silly moves at Canada and Japan. Despite this, he delivered his two greatest wins to date this season, at Britain and Germany.
2009 is next. He almost seemed frustrated by the piece of junk that McLaren turned up with. Then Hungary came along and he took a brilliant, opportunistic win. His Singapore win was of absolute class as well.
2013 comes afterwards. First and only time to date that a team mate has won more races than him in a season. His Hungary win was of typical Hamilton fashion. However, Rosberg had the upper hand more frequently than he did this year.
2011 has to be bottom. Far too erratic. The fact that he had a bad season yet took three wins backs this up. Two of his three wins that year were absolutely fantastic, but he decided that Felipe Massa was a target more often than not. Button was better that season.10th December 2014, 14:44 at 2:44 pm #288530
I saw the Jordan EJ11 this year in Ipswich. It’s amazing how simplistic the wings looked back then, although that may have been because it was the Monza-spec car.
I also saw a McLaren MP4-22(?) at Silverstone in 2009 but didn’t get a lot of time to look at it.9th December 2014, 18:28 at 6:28 pm #288484
People can believe what they choose to. It doesn’t mean that they are right.
There were absolutely no team orders at Mercedes except for the obvious instances. There is no way that Hamilton would have signed the Mercedes contract in the first place if he wanted to be a clear number one like how certain drivers like to be.8th December 2014, 20:16 at 8:16 pm #288367
The thing is, his escape clause could have been absolutely anything. As @Bradley13 says, it seems as it was based on how the team performance is, which may range from a set number of podiums to a championship position to not achieving any pole positions or not enough race victories.
Vettel was paid by Red Bull to do a job. I am certain that he did the job as well as he could have done. He didn’t do an amazing job on paper, but it wasn’t as if he was the worst driver on the grid this year.7th December 2014, 17:53 at 5:53 pm #288308
@fastiesty Last time I checked it was McLaren that left Mercedes, not the other way around. McLaren have not been to the sort of level that they should be since Adrian Newey left, and more importantly, since Martin Whitmarsh took over the team. That is where it all started to go wrong. The fact that McLaren failed to deliver a title between 2010 and 2012 with two very capable world champions is mind boggling, especially in 2012 where they clearly had a performance advantage over Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus yet both of their world champion drivers finished behind one driver from each team. That year was absolutely shambles, and it hasn’t got much better since. Losing Hamilton has also appeared to play a big role in this.
This year has been a year of transition for the team, and next year will be too. Dragging McLaren back to the front is not going to happen overnight. Remember it took Ron Dennis no less than four years to take the team to championship glory when he took over for the first time remember, although they came close in 1982 with John Watson. As for Eric Boullier, give him time. I had masses of respect for what he achieved at Lotus, so I am convinced that he will bring a lot to McLaren in the long term.
McLaren are in a big mess right now, I understand that. Nowhere near on the scale of Williams last year, but it’s still big. But we must remember that McLaren have won just one championship out of the last fifteen years. A success rate of 3.3%. That’s just not good enough for a team like McLaren, but I am optimistic for the long term as a life-long fan.2nd December 2014, 19:34 at 7:34 pm #287991
By watching Formula e, USCC, Bathurst 12 hours, and by practising for various online racing communities.2nd December 2014, 19:33 at 7:33 pm #287990
The standing starts either needed scrapping or serious work, especially after the nasty shunt we saw at Indianapolis. I don’t see what is wrong with a rolling start anyway.
I’m pretty miffed that IndyCar has decided to try to be more like F1 by having a useless double points race for a race which isn’t double the distance, even if it is at Sonoma – a track I am rather fond of.
I do like this way of getting around the qualifying group conundrum however:
Groups for Segment One of the three-segment road/street course qualifications will be set by lap times in the latest on-track session. The rule corresponds to the Promoter Day at St. Petersburg, NOLA Motorsports Park, the Indianapolis road course and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that immediately precede the race event weekends. The sessions on the extra day at each venue will not be used in determining Segment One groups.
To determine Segment One, INDYCAR shall rank the cars in order of time, with the driver posting the best time ranking appearing in the first position and continuing through the rest of the field in order of increasing time. The driver with the best time ranking shall determine the groups and notify INDYCAR of his/her decision within 30 minutes following the conclusion of the practice session that determines the qualifications groups.
As for double points, they’re even more useless in IndyCar than in F1. End of. No argument.28th November 2014, 17:51 at 5:51 pm #287615
24. Andre Lotterer – Didn’t really get much of a chance to show what he could do, but kept it on the black stuff when the car worked.
23. Will Stevens - Had a better chance than Lotterer at the end of the day. He had a reasonable debut, and kept the car going without having too many dramas.
22. Marcus Ericsson – Ericsson’s first half of the season was terrible. Full of rookie mistakes, he did find some form from Spa onwards, however.
21. Max Chilton – Slight improvement on last year, but still well off the pace. Have to give him credit for turning up at Russia though. Doesn’t deserve a F1 drive.
20. Esteban Guttierez – Adrian Sutil should have been a far less formidable team mate than Nico Hulkenberg. Whilst he did just about match him, it’s nothing to write home about.
19. Adrian Sutil – The Sauber was not far off the Lotus at all, and more reliable, and it was way ahead of Marussia. So why did Sauber finish behind? Both of the Sauber drivers simply were not good enough.
18. Pastor Maldonado – Hasn’t crashed since Spa. That’s a long time. He came good in the second half of the season, and to beat Romain Grosjean on merit on a few occasions is no easy thing to do.
17. Kamui Kobayashi – Remember that the Caterham was the worst car on the grid this year. Kobayashi supposedly was not getting the same equipment as his team mate as well, so to beat one or two Marussias in a race is not an easy feat.
16. Jules Bianchi – Bianchi had a shaky start to the year, causing incidents. Scored points. Thrashed Chilton. Showed improvement as the season went on. Only driver to score 100% of his team’s points.
15. Kevin Magnussen – Magnussen’s rookie season was not too bad at all. If you ignore the rookie errors, in which he is entitled to make due to the fact that he was a rookie, he showed some blistering speed at times, but was not able to make the most of it on a number of occasions due to not his own doing. Germany springs to mind.
14. Kimi Raikkonen – I’m trying to find positives from this season for Raikkonen and I cannot find a single one. Alonso walked all over him. There’s no nice way to put it. Didn’t look interested half the time.
13. Sergio Perez – Showed pace. Crashed too much. Beat Hulkenberg more often than not but cost himself far too many points with needless incidents.
12. Daniil Kvyat – Rookie of the year. Didn’t show half the mistakes that Magnussen did, and qualified in a similar manner to Daniel Ricciardo on a number of occasions. He will need to start picking up points very quickly at Red Bull however. 22-8 is not a good score to be on the wrong end of.
11. Romain Grosjean – Grosjean’s aweesome first half of the season helps here, but he was somewhat more anonymous in the second half. Just misses out on a top 10 spot.
10. Jean-Eric Vergne – Vergne’s racecraft is definitely very, very good. His qualifying hasn’t improved enough to be any higher on my list. He had excellent runs at a number of races.
9. Felipe Massa – Much like Perez, Massa showed pace at a lot of times, and caused silly incidents at other times. The records will say that he beat Bottas more often than not, but both suffered a number of issues out of their control.
8. Nico Hulkenberg – Hulkenberg was a lot quieter this season, but still picked up a mean number of points. He nearly outscored both McLarens despite the silver car looking the quicker. He caused a few needless accidents though, notably with his team mate at Hungary.
7. Jenson Button – One of Magnussen’s biggest problems I feel was the form that Button showed this year. He clearly showed that he still has what it takes by delivering when it counts. It would be a huge shame to see either leave really.
6. Sebastian Vettel – On paper, it will say that Ricciardo demolished Vettel, but it was the German who suffered reliability issues more often than not. Notice how when it was Vettel who had issues, it was Vettel who was in front generally. He showed himself a lot better in the second half of the season, matching or beating Ricciardo. I do believe, however, that Vettel’s critics can no longer claim that ‘he can’t race’.
5. Nico Rosberg – Rosberg was the better driver on the Saturday, but there wasn’t much to choose between the two Mercedes. Hamilton was the better driver on the Sunday, but there wasn’t much to choose between the Mercedes. Sunday is where the points are, so that is why Rosberg is here. His drive at Canada was worthy of a championship. I expect him to come back stronger next year.
4. Valtteri Bottas – Bottas started off slowly but really came of age once we hit Europe. His second half of the season was a bit shaky, almost seeming a little bit agitated by Massa’s form, especially in qualifying. Delivered my drive of the season (Britain).
3. Lewis Hamilton – Brilliantly delivered 11 wins, but he had qualifying issues which he can only blame himself for. His recovery drive at Hungary was superb but at the end of the day he could have finished higher at there and at Germany…
2. Fernando Alonso – Probably Alonso’s best season to date. He walked over Raikkonen, and to finish practically level with Vettel and Bottas who were both in much better cars is rather remarkable. He suffered all of Ferrari’s Sunday technical problems too. His drive at Hungary was absolutely phenomenal, to beat Rosberg’s Mercedes on merit that day.
1. Daniel Ricciardo – If Ricciardo is not your driver of the year, then I will struggle to understand why he is not. Ricciardo was always there when Mercedes tripped up, and even when they didn’t trip up, he usually found his way onto the podium. Victories at Spa and Montreal where Red Bull should have been useless are absolute prime examples of how extraordinary Ricciardo has been this year. His qualifying has been excellent. His race pace has been excellent. His racecraft has been remarkable. His likeability has been exemplary. His starts have been a bit naff but he can work on those. He hasn’t completely walked all over Vettel, but he firmly shaded him. Even when Ricciardo had an off day, he still was just behind Vettel. Delivered my pass of the season (Italy on Vettel).24th November 2014, 13:48 at 1:48 pm #287089
Last time since ’94 yes. Alain Prost retired the previous season so Damon Hill ran with the number 0.
If Hamilton wants to use both numbers in a way, he could do it in the style that Ryan Hunter-Reay used it in IndyCar,23rd November 2014, 17:58 at 5:58 pm #286907
23rd November – Formula One World Drivers’ Championship – Lewis Hamilton – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – Round 19 of 19, Race 19 of 1922nd November 2014, 11:31 at 11:31 am #286636
21st November – GP3 Series – Alexander Lynn – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – Round 9 of 9 – Race 17 of 18 (qualifying)21st November 2014, 19:15 at 7:15 pm #286562
Some cars will take to the grid. The two Mercedes will absolutely rocket ahead of everybody else because they are over a second and a half quicker than anything out there, and nothing exciting will happen because it’s Abu Dhabi.
Double the points, double the action.20th November 2014, 14:34 at 2:34 pm #286282
Just pick any Moto3 race from this year and you’ll be entertained. However, I am unable to find a video to a full race on YouTube, so I’ve picked this instead: an epic duel between some excellent IndyCar drivers. This year’s Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix is a good shout too.18th November 2014, 13:28 at 1:28 pm #286041
The one with the most points will win the championship, hopefully not due to double points. This season has put me off both drivers though so I don’t care which one takes it. Either would be a worthy champion.17th November 2014, 16:31 at 4:31 pm #285983
Well it varies. Some of them (the awful Santander ones from earlier in the year) clearly didn’t weigh much or look as if they cost much to make, whereas I assume some like the Hungarian GP one cost far more and weigh more too.