Archive for August, 2007

Latest Lewis Hamilton News

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

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Hamilton, Alonso & Hakkinen in Funny Mercedes-Benz Advert

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mika Hakkinen star in this funny Mercedes-Benz commercial.

Hopefully Alonso and Hamilton will be getting along again soon as their relationship has recently turned sour.

Enjoy: ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope the fun comes back into Formula 1 as it seems too serious at the moment. I know there’s a lot of money involved – but lets not have that spoil the spirit of Formula 1!

Alonso Allowed To Leave McLaren-Mercedes

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

McLaren Mercedes team boss Ron Dennis has apparently told Fernando Alonso that he is free to leave the team at the end of the year.

Fernando seems to be unhappy that there is an equal driver status is the team, and being world champion he deserves to have the number 1 driver status – especially with a rookie in the team. Unfortunately for him it’s Lewis Hamilton – who has performed extremely well and is leading the Formula 1 Championship by 7 points.

There have been some negative headlines as well as neutral headlines regarding this issue. But you’ve gotta give Alonso a break too, after all – he IS world champion. Maybe the McLaren team mentality isn’t for him (and possibly Lewis too).

Well, I just can’t wait to see what happens at the next race…

Hamilton And Alonso Not Talking Anymore

Monday, August 6th, 2007

McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says that Fernando Alonso isn’t talking to him anymore.

Well that’s too bad. But seriously, Lewis, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. After all, Fernando’s the one that stopped Hamilton getting pole position in the first place by blocking him in the pit lane. Lewis would have most probably taken pole anyway. I think what Fernando did was pretty childish, first he was stopping his team-mate which is already pretty stupid because if you’re working against your own team – you’ve pretty much lost anyway, and later when he was punished for his actions he blames it on Lewis. How childish is that!!

And Ron’s all upset because apparently Lewis wasn’t following every single instruction the he gave him, I mean, c’mon, Lewis isn’t a puppet. He can make is own decisions. And by the looks of it, Ron Dennis also seems to rate that a bigger crime against the team than one driver deliberately blocking another driver! Whatever happened to Ron’s: “we let our drivers race” attitude. (Even though what Lewis apparently did, this seems like a relatively small incident to me). Now, that’s unjust IMO! It just seems like a weak excuse.

Anyway, there must be a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes to let the whole situation boil over like it has. It seems like Alonso is under real pressure for the first time in his career and he isn’t handling himself like a champion. Instead, it seems like he’s trying to make less of Lewis in some ways – for instance saying that Hamilton’s podium finishes will come to an end soon etc., which seems a negative thing to say against your own team-mate.

Regarding the stewards intervening, well, I think it was correct because these kinds of actions are harming the integrity of the sport. It was easy to see that Lewis was denied pole position by Fernando, and he wasn’t demonstrating great sportsmanship.

Personally I wasn’t too happy about it – not only because I’m a Lewis Hamilton fan, but because it’s not moral. Imagine any other driver in any other team doing this, I’m sure most people wouldn’t like it, it seems anti-competitive!

Lets keep the sport on the track – and out of the courts!

Okay, that’s my rant for the day ๐Ÿ™‚ please leave comments to express your own opinions.

Hamilton & Formula 1 Have Break

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Formula 1 and especially the championship leader, Lewis Hamilton, have a well deserved 3-week break until the Turkish Grand Prix on the 26 August.

Current Formula 1 World Championship Standings:

1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes    80
2.  Fernando Alonso       McLaren-Mercedes    73
3.  Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari             60
4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari             59
5.  Nick Heidfeld         BMW Sauber          42
6.  Robert Kubica         BMW Sauber          28
7.  Giancarlo Fisichella  Renault             17
8.  Heikki Kovalainen     Renault             16
9.  Alexander Wurz        Williams            13
10. David Coulthard       Red Bull Racing      8
11. Mark Webber           Red Bull Racing      8
12. Jarno Trulli          Toyota               7
13. Nico Rosberg          Williams             7
14. Ralf Schumacher       Toyota               5
15. Takuma Sato           Super Aguri F1       4
16. Jenson Button         Honda Racing         1
17. Sebastian Vettel      BMW Sauber           1

Lewis Hamilton Wins In Hungary

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes superstar driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian grand prix.

After all the controversial qualifying on Saturday with Alonso, Lewis lead the race from start to finish followed by Kimi closely behind him throughout the race, but Lewis kept a cool head to take the win. Nick Heidfeld finished 3rd, Fernando Alonso 4th and Massa only finished 13th.

Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix Race Results:

1.  HAMILTON      McLaren      1h35m52.991s
2.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari      +0.7s
3.  HEIDFELD      BMW          +43.1s
4.  ALONSO        Mclaren      +44.8s
5.  KUBICA        BMW          +47.6s
6.  R SCHUMACHER  Toyota       +50.6s
7.  ROSBERG       Williams     +59.1s
8.  KOVALAINEN    Renault      +1m08.1s
9.  WEBBER        Red Bull     +1m16.3s
10. TRULLI        Toyota       +1 lap
11. COULTHARD     Red Bull     +1 lap
12. FISICHELLA    Renault      +1 lap
13. MASSA         Ferrari      +1 lap
14. WURZ          Williams     +1 lap
15. SATO          Super Aguri  +1 lap
16. VETTEL        Toro Rosso   +1 lap
17. SUTIL         Spyker       +2 laps
18. BARRICHELLO   Honda        +2 laps
R. LIUZZI         Toro Rosso   +28 laps
R. DAVIDSON       Super Aguri  +29 laps
R. BUTTON         Honda        +35 laps
R. YAMAMOTO       Spyker       +66 laps

Hamilton On Pole – Alonso Demoted To 6th

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

Lewis Hamilton was awarded the pole position in Hungary after the stewards deemed Alonso impeded Hamilton’s chances of taking pole position (which he obviously did!). Fernando Alonso is now starting from 6th position; McLaren Mercedes will also not earn any constructors points from either car this weekend.

Team principal Ron Dennis also told reporters after qualifying that the mix-up began because Hamilton didn’t follow instructions to allow Alonso past during the fuel-burning phase of Q3, thus throwing the McLarens out of sequence.

Now Mr. Dennis, that’s not very cool – publicly blaming one of your drivers even though they probably didn’t do anything wrong!

Good luck for the race Lewis!

Hamilton Starts 2nd in Hungary – Alonso Naughty

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes racing driver Lewis Hamilton starts the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix from second position.

A strange incident happened near the end of the final-qualifying session when Fernando Alonso was told to wait by the team to find a gap for his last qualifying lap – BUT when he was given the sign to go, Alonso still delayed for around 10 seconds while Lewis was already cued up behind him, costing Lewis valuable time which he needed to do a final qualifying lap as time was running out.

Fernando Alonso got pole in front of Lewis Hamilton who did not manage to cross the line before the time ran out – by only a few seconds. I’m sure Lewis Hamilton wasn’t very happy and Ron Dennis didn’t look too happy either.

If Lewis wins the race on Sunday it’s be the perfect answer to Alonso! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hungary Qualifying Results:

1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.674
2 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.781
3 Nick Heidfeld, BMW 1:20.259
4 Kimi Raikkonen , Ferrari 1:20.410
5 Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 1:20.632
6 Ralf Schumacher, Toyota 1:20.714
7 Robert Kubica, BMW 1:20.876
8 Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault 1:21.079
9 Jarno Trulli, Toyota 1:21.206
10 Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 1:21.256

11 David Coulthard, Red Bull-Renault 1:20.718
12 Heikki Kovalainen, Renault 1:20.779
13 Alexander Wurz, Williams-Toyota 1:20.865
14 Felipe Massa, Ferrari 1:21.021
15 Anthony Davidson, Super Aguri-Honda 1:21.127
16 Vitantonio Liuzzi, STR-Ferrari 1:21.993

17 Jenson Button, Honda 1:21.737
18 Rubens Barrichello, Honda 1:21.877
19 Takuma Sato, Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.143
20 Sebastian Vettel, STR-Ferrari 1:22.177
21 Adrian Sutil, Spyker-Ferrari 1:22.737
22 Sakon Yamamoto, Spyker-Ferrari 1:23.774

UPDATE: Autosport has spoken to Ron Dennis about the situation, procedures and what happened. Granted, there probably are procedures in place etc. – but it still just seems somewhat strange, when Alonso came out there wasn’t even a car in sight!

Hungarian GP Free Practice Sessions

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Hungarian Formula 1 Round Free Practice 1 & 2 Results.

In the first free practice session Hamilton was 5th, nearly 3-tenths behind. In free practice 2 he was 3rd – but over 4-tenths behind Alonso.

Hungarian GP, free practice session two times:

1. ALONSO Mclaren 1m20.919s
2. KOVALAINEN Renault 1m21.283s
3. HAMILTON McLaren 1m21.338s
4. ROSBERG Williams 1m21.485s
5. HEIDFELD BMW 1m21.517s
6. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1m21.589s
7. MASSA Ferrari 1m21.620s
8. FISICHELLA Renault 1m21.698s
9. TRULLI Toyota 1m21.857s
10. KUBICA BMW 1m21.906s
11. SCHUMACHER Toyota 1m21.912s
12. WURZ Williams 1m21.987s
13. WEBBER Red Bull 1m22.325s
14. COULTHARD Red Bull 1m22.483s
15. DAVIDSON Super Aguri 1m22.510s
16. BUTTON Honda 1m22.550s
17. SATO Super Aguri 1m22.556s
18. BARRICHELLO Honda 1m22.727s
19. LIUZZI Toro Rosso 1m23.136s
20. VETTEL Toro Rosso 1m23.148s
21. SUTIL Spyker 1m23.673s
22. YAMAMOTO Spyker 1m26.307s

Hungarian GP, free practice session one times:

1. KUBICA BMW 1m22.390s
2. MASSA Ferrari 1m22.519s
3. RAIKKONEN Ferrari 1m22.540s
4. ALONSO Mclaren 1m22.585s
5. HAMILTON McLaren 1m22.654s
6. HEIDFELD BMW 1m22.891s
7. ROSBERG Williams 1m22.983s
8. BUTTON Honda 1m23.294s
9. BARRICHELLO Honda 1m23.601s
10. SCHUMACHER Toyota 1m23.802s
11. DAVIDSON Super Aguri 1m24.102s
12. TRULLI Toyota 1m24.318s
13. WURZ Williams 1m24.321s
14. COULTHARD Red Bull 1m24.474s
15. KOVALAINEN Renault 1m24.733s
16. VETTEL Toro Rosso 1m24.905s
17. FISICHELLA Renault 1m24.920s
18. LIUZZI Toro Rosso 1m24.976s
19. SATO Super Aguri 1m25.307s
20. WEBBER Red Bull 1m25.584s
21. SUTIL Spyker 1m26.332s
22. YAMAMOTO Spyker 1m28.118s

Ferrari Appeals to WMSC

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Ferrari Formula One Racing Team can appeal to the The World Motor Sport Council’s (WMSC) ruling which found Vodafone McLaren Mercedes guilty of possessing confidential Ferrari documents, but has not given a penalty as there was deemed to be insufficient evidenceรƒโ€šร‚ย that the team had benefited from the data in any way.

McLaren Mercedes responded to Max Mosley’s decision to allow Ferrari to appeal: “Having considered in great detail the full submissions of both Ferrari and McLaren, the World Motorsport Council determined that there was no evidence that any information, passed by a Ferrari team member to a McLaren employee, had been brought into the organisation or provided any benefit whatsoever to the McLaren programme, McLaren is not aware of any new information or arguments that have arisen since the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council and therefore assumes that these same materials will now be considered by the FIA International Court of Appeal. Whilst this is both disappointing and time-consuming, McLaren is confident that the FIA International Court of Appeal will also exonerate McLaren and we will in the meanwhile continue to focus on our current world championship programme.”

Let’s hope that Lewis Hamilton won’t suffer from the forthcoming ruling in the court of appeal!!

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