Archive for October, 2007

Lewis Moves To Switzerland

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Lewis Hamilton has decided to relocate to the beautiful country of Switzerland which will hopefully guarantee him more privacy and not have people following him into the toilet asking for autographs.

Lewis will be living in Geneva overlooking the city’s harbor in a three bedroom apartment. Sounds nice :-)

Sounds like a good location in central Europe with easy and convenient airport access for him to jet off to various race tracks and back to the factory.

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Bernie Ecclestone: McLaren’s Silly Strategy Cost Hamilton

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Bernie Ecclestone said that Hamilton’s Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ race strategy for Brazil cost Lewis Hamilton his first Formula 1 World Championship.

You have to admit, it was a strange strategy to put Hamilton on three pit-stops while most of the rest of the field was on a two pit-stop strategy -which definitely looked to be quicker.

Also, the McLaren’s appeal is to be heard on November 15th, where it will be decided if Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld will be penalized for having cooler race fuel. And McLaren have also been voted worst losers – just to sum it up…

Lewis Hamilton Interview

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

An interesting interview with Lewis Hamilton from sportinglife.com

Lewis Hamilton, talking to McLaren’s website, reviews his Brazilian GP, the loss of the 2007 World title and looks ahead to next year’s Championship.

Q: Lewis, so close wasn’t it. You’ve been such a major force in Formula 1 this year; tell us what you are thinking?

LH: Thank you! No it’s been an incredible year and you know I’m still quite happy, if you think about it, coming from GP2, who would have thought I’d be ranked number two in my first year of Formula 1. For sure we led the, the World Championship all the way to the last race and we had a – a tough three weeks, there was nothing we could do. We did the best job we could, the team did a phenomenal job all year, the car was great and I honestly still believe that we have the quickest car and I think we’ve learnt so much from this year, we’ll go into next season with our heads high and I know I will do even a better job next year and come back even stronger.

Q: A lot of people are talking about the problems that you had in the race, you had rotten luck with the car, can you tell us what happened?

LH: It wasn’t a great start to the race, I locked up behind Fernando basically to avoid hitting him and went a bit wide. I came back on and was quite relaxed, I knew that I had the pace to gain back my position and I was downshifting into turn 4 and it just went into neutral. I coasted for quite some time and eventually, I don’t know how, but it just eventually clicked back in and I was able to get it going again and from then on we had to manage the engine so I was quite low rpm.

Q: When did you feel that it was over, when your chances of the Championship were gone?

LH: When I saw the Chequered Flag. I never stopped pushing, I just kept going until the end and I was told at the beginning we could still get it and I truly believed that, so I just kept doing the best job I could and I think pacewise we weren’t that bad. For sure it wasn’t as good as the, the Ferraris but I think that has a lot to do with the way we were running our engine, I think, in terms of actual pace and, and with the car, I think we could have been quicker than – no problem. I’ve come from GP2 and now I am ranked number two in the world which is positive. I really can’t wait for next year. I know we can do a better job.

Q: Were you feeling emotional when you crossed the line and you realised that it wasn’t yours or it might have been? How did you cope with it?

LH: Oh for sure it’s a little bit emotional but I just can’t deny the fact that it’s been an incredible season. I finished second in the World Championship, I beat my team mate, under extremely difficult circumstances I beat the two time World Champion, that was the goal a the beginning so that’s a great result. Kimi did a fantastic job all season and drove very very well so he deserves to have it.

Q: Do you feel robbed of the Championship?

LH: No, it’s been a crazy year. I’m really, really gutted but I just think it’s unfortunate that we had that little problem, after all we haven’t had any problems all year really apart from the tyres and the car was phenomenal for the race, it really was good, apart from the first lap I think I drove one of my best races and so you can’t be disappointed with that. I think everyone had their fair share of bad luck this year, it’s just unfortunate that mine all came in the last few races. We have had a hard few weeks, so I wouldn’t say I’ve been robbed. Kimi and Ferrari did a fantastic job, I think it’s a shame that our team, with everything that’s gone on, we didn’t get the Championship but we’ll go into it next year with heads high.

Q: A lot of British fans have been rooting for you. What would you like to say to them right now?

LH: I have to say a big sorry to all the fans back home, I really do appreciate all the support, they’ve been phenomenal this year, and also my family, but let’s not forget it’s been an incredible season for me and to come into my first season in Formula 1 and finish a rank number two. I’m the number two driver in the world, that’s – that’s pretty awesome so we can’t complain, it’s been difficult, it’s been very, very tough but we’ll, we’ll bounce back from this, I have no doubt about it. I went into the race and I said to myself that whatever happens, it’s been a phenomenal year. Who would have thought I would be leading the World Championship going into the last race, I could have been World Champion and that’s a great feeling. It’s been a huge roller-coaster ride and yes, for sure, we all wanted to win – the World Cup and the World Championship. It’s obviously not England’s turn this year, but it’s my first year in Formula 1, next year we’ll bounce back stronger.

Q: What are your thoughts on Kimi Raikkonen winning the World Championship? Do you think he deserves it?

LH: I think any of us could have deserved it and for sure he deserves to win. He did a great job, he did a great job the last few races and um, you know, it’s all about consistency and, you know, he did an honest job. I have to say a big congratulations to him because he’s been a phenomenal force all year and I’ve always admired him, I think he’s a great driver and I think he’s actually a really good guy so I’m really proud of what he’s achieved and I’ll stick it to him hopefully next year!

Q: What do you think you learned Lewis, what will you save from this year going forward?

LH: Just about everything, from every race I’ve learnt a huge amount and I honestly can’t say there’s one thing. There’s not one thing I can say that I’ve learnt more than others. But certain mistakes that I’ve made, I won’t make them next year.

Q: You’ll be back next season but for now though you must be intensely proud of your achievements in your debut year.

LH: I am and I think I set some good records this year, I’ll be interested to see who beats them in the future but you know there’s still more records to be beat and there’s still a long, long way to go, I’m only 22, I’ll be here for a while and very proud to be in the Vodafone-McLaren-Mercedes team so fingers crossed they’ll keep me for a while.

Q: You’re still smiling, you’ve had an incredible year haven’t you, especially at 22 years old, your father said earlier ‘oh we’ll be back next year and if we don’t win it next year, we’ll win it in 2009′. What’s your final thought?

LH: I totally agree, I think, I was just told we have 22 weeks to the next race, to Melbourne and in those 22 weeks I’m going to come back fitter, more relaxed, more experienced and I think we’ll have a better car so let’s keep our heads high and look forward to next year. We’ll be even better prepared and the team are going to keep pushing, I’m going to keep pushing, I’ve got the experience now, I can bank that and start from fresh in Melbourne…

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Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 Record Breaking Rookie Season

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Lewis Hamilton has had an incredibly record breaking rookie year in Formula 1. Here’s a quick summary:

Lowering the benchmark

Youngest world championship leader – 22 years, 4 months, six days (Spain 2007)

First rookie to win, take pole position and set fastest lap in a McLaren

Youngest driver to score pole, win, fastest lap hat-trick – Japan 2007

Straight on the pace

Most points in a debut season – 109

Most podiums in debut season – 12

Most races led in debut season – 12

Most pole positions in debut season – 6

Most front row starts in debut season – 12

Fastest driver to reach 100 career points (15 races)

Most consecutive podiums from debut race – 9 (Australia-Britain 2007)

Most consecutive points finishes from debut race – 9 (Australia-Britain 2007)

Most consecutive number of races led from debut race – 7 (Australia-USA 2007)

Britain’s instant hero

Youngest British driver to win in F1 – 22 years, 5 months, 3 days (Canada 2007)

Youngest British driver to score pole position – 22 years, 5 months, 2 days (Canada 2007)

Youngest British driver to register fastest lap – 22 years, 3 months, 1 day (Malaysia 2007)

Youngest British driver to finish on podium – 22 years, 2 months, 11 days (Australia 2007)

Youngest British driver to qualify on front row – 22 years, 3 months, 8 days (Bahrain 2007)

Youngest British driver to lead a race – 22 years, 2 months, 11 days (Australia 2007)

Most points for a British driver in one season – 109 (Previous record Nigel Mansell, 108)

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To Appeal Or Not To Appeal

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

According to some news reports Vodafone McLaren Mercedes intend to appeal against the decision to take no action against Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld because the evidence that their used fuel that was cooler than the regulations permit was inconclusive. To be honest I don’t understand why cooler fuel would be an advantage, if somebody knows please tell me.

Anyway, both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have said that they would not want to take the Championship away from Kimi like this.

Lewis Hamilton had this to say:

I heard about it, but I don’t know anything about it, I don’t believe that I will be promoted up the order.

I think everyone did a great job, and what can you really say to that? If they You want to win the race and do it in style. Being promoted after some people have been thrown out is not the way I want to win it. I don’t know, it would feel weird after Kimi did such a fantastic job in the last two races and won on Sunday. If they are wrong, they are wrong.

But I want to win on the track. Having it taken away would be a bit cruel and probably not good for the sport. It’s tough on everybody – but there’s another year, I’m only 22, and there are going to be plenty more opportunities for me to win the championship.

I have no doubt that we can do that in the future. Last night was good. Ron made a speech and we had a great evening and rounded off the year. I’m extremely proud of them, I’m extremely proud of my family and everyone who has supported me to get me to where I am today.

It has been a phenomenal season and the support of the team has been overwhelming. It was just a pleasure to be part of.

Let’s see what happens. But as Hamilton said, it’s been a great year for him. This was only his first season and he’ll have plently more opportunities to win the Formula 1 World Championship.

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Unlucky Hamilton – Finishes 7th

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

What can I say – it was an unlucky day for Lewis Hamilton, but none the less – it’s been an awesome year for him! We’ve got to remember this was his rookie year!!

It certainly was a very tight championship: Kimi Raikkonen – 110 points, Lewis Hamilton & Fernando Alonso both have 109 points!

The Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix turned out to be more action packed than I first anticipated – and it’s a race to remember.

Unfortunately for Hamilton there were some technical issues with the car a few laps into the race which caused him to loose around 40 seconds. And he had three pit-stops, where the other front runners only had two – basically it was a combination of unfortunate happenings for Lewis.

Anyway, should be interesting next year.

Congratulations to Kimi Raikkonen!

Brazilian Grand Prix Race Results:

1.  RAIKKONEN     Ferrari
2.  MASSA         Ferrari     +1.4s
3.  ALONSO        McLaren     +57.0s
4.  ROSBERG       Williams    +62.8s
5.  KUBICA        BMW         +70.9s
6.  HEIDFELD      BMW         +71.3s
7.  HAMILTON      McLaren     +1 lap
8.  TRULLI        Toyota      +1 lap
9.  COULTHARD     Red Bull    +1 lap
10. NAKAJIMA      Williams    +1 lap
11. SCHUMACHER    Toyota      +1 lap
12. SATO          Super Aguri +2 laps
13. LIUZZI        Toro Rosso  +2 laps
14. DAVIDSON      Super Aguri +3 laps

R.  SUTIL         Spyker      +28 laps
R.  BARRICHELLO   Honda       +31 laps
R.  KOVALAINEN    Renault     +36 laps
R.  VETTEL        Toro Rosso  +37 laps
R.  BUTTON        Honda       +51 laps
R.  WEBBER        Red Bull    +57 laps
R.  FISICHELLA    Renault     +69 laps
R.  YAMAMOTO      Spyker      +69 laps

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Lewis Hamilton’s Big Day

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Today is Lewis Hamilton’s big day! He has the potential to be Formula 1 Driver World Champion – and the youngest ever at that, as well as the first driver to win the F1 Championship in his first season!

Now those records will not be be beaten anytime soon!

We wish Lewis a fun race – hopefully he can win the world championship with a win, but if he’s second or third we can’t really complain – (have you noticed, he’s spoiling us! If he’s not even on the podium it would be a bit of a let down).

Let’s look forward to an awesome race – hopefully the most best and most exciting of the year!!

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Massa And Hamilton On Front Row In Brazil

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

An exciting Formula 1 qualifying in Sao Paulo, Brazil saw the three title contenders: Hamilton, Massa and Alonso, all start in the first two row’s of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

It sure is going to be a spectacular Formula 1 finale with three potential world champions! It’s been the most exciting F1 season for some time, the race is going to be spectacular.

Brazil Formula 1 Qualifying Results:

1.  MASSA          Ferrari
2.  HAMILTON       McLaren
3.  RAIKKONEN      Ferrari
4.  ALONSO         McLaren
5.  WEBBER         Red Bull
6.  HEIDFELD       BMW
7.  KUBICA         BMW
8.  TRULLI         Toyota
9.  COULTHARD      Red Bull
10. ROSBERG        Williams
11. BARRICHELLO    Honda
12. FISICHELLA     Renault
13. VETTEL         Toro Rosso
14. LIUZZI         Toro Rosso
15. SCHUMACHER     Toyota
16. BUTTON         Honda
17. KOVALAINEN     Renault
18. SATO           Super Aguri
19. NAKAJIMA       Williams
20. DAVIDSON       Super Aguri
21. SUTIL          Spyker
22. YAMAMOTO       Spyker

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Hamilton Escapes Penalty

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Luckily Lewis escaped a penalty for using two sets of wet tires in the first practice session (you’re only allowed one set), but the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team was fined €15,000, that’s approx. £10,000.

That’s good news for Hamilton as he’s fighting for the Formula 1 Drivers World Championship – and it was a team error, as admitted by Ron Dennis. That seems fair enough.

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Formula 1 Brazil Practice Sessions

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Lewis Hamilton topped the Interlagos time sheets in Free Practice 2:

1.  HAMILTON     McLaren       1m12.767s
2.  ALONSO       McLaren       1m12.889s
3.  MASSA        Ferrari       1m13.075s
4.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       1m13.112s
5.  FISICHELLA   Renault       1m13.549s
6.  KUBICA       BMW           1m13.587s
7.  ROSBERG      Williams      1m13.655s
8.  NAKAJIMA     Williams      1m13.664s
9.  COULTHARD    Red Bull      1m13.706s
10. HEIDFELD     BMW           1m13.785s
11. SCHUMACHER   Toyota        1m13.829s
12. KOVALAINEN   Renault       1m13.879s
13. BARRICHELLO  Honda         1m13.892s
14. BUTTON       Honda         1m14.095s
15. LIUZZI       Toro Rosso    1m14.152s
16. TRULLI       Toyota        1m14.179s
17. VETTEL       Toro Rosso    1m14.409s
18. SATO         Super Aguri   1m14.431s
19. DAVIDSON     Super Aguri   1m14.477s
20. WEBBER       Red Bull      1m14.543s
21. SUTIL        Spyker        1m15.095s
22. YAMAMOTO     Spyker        1m15.715s

Brazil Free Practice Session 1:

1.  RAIKKONEN    Ferrari       1m19.580s
2.  MASSA        Ferrari       1m20.062s
3.  KOVALAINEN   Renault       1m20.829s
4.  ROSBERG      Williams      1m21.064s
5.  HAMILTON     McLaren       1m21.121s
6.  SCHUMACHER   Toyota        1m21.243s
7.  VETTEL       Toro Rosso    1m21.598s
8.  WEBBER       Red Bull      1m22.104s
9.  TRULLI       Toyota        1m22.104s
10. LIUZZI       Toro Rosso    1m22.250s
11. BARRICHELLO  Honda         1m22.434s
12. BUTTON       Honda         1m22.477s
13. COULTHARD    Red Bull      1m22.667s
14. SATO         Super Aguri   1m22.929s
15. SUTIL        Spyker        1m23.248s
16. NAKAJIMA     Williams      1m23.261s
17. DAVIDSON     Super Aguri   1m23.551s
18. YAMAMOTO     Spyker        1m24.366s

19. HEIDFELD     BMW           no time
20. KUBICA       BMW           no time
21. ALONSO       McLaren       no time
22. FISICHELLA   Renault       no time

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