Archive for April, 2009

Lewis Hamilton 4th in Bahrain

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton racing in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton had a fantastic race in Bahrain finishing in 4th position.

As predicted, Lewis had a great run-up at the start of the race and even briefly managing to get into second position. Hamilton did very well throughout the race to hang on to the Toyota and Red Bull cars, with help of the KERS system. It looks like McLaren are getting it together and there are certain visible improvements. Lets hope they can get more updates before the race in Barcelona and throughout the season.

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Lewis Hamilton Qualifies 5th in Bahrain

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton Qqualifying in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton is improving further this weekend by qualifying 5th in Bahrain.

Things seem to be getting better overall  for Vodafone Mercedes McLaren with Lewis being fastest in the first practice session and also Kovalainen improving by qualifying in 11th. This shows that the team is doing a good job relative to the other teams and will hopefully continue to do so.

Toyota is the team to beat this weekend who were very strong by taking 1st and 2nd grid position. The Red Bull’s are still going very strong starting 3rd and 4th. Hamilton did a great job by splitting up the Brawn cars.

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Lewis Hamilton 6th in China

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton finished the Chinese grand prix in Shanghai in 6th position, after starting from 9th position.

Lewis Hamilton driving in wet China

As the rain started to pour we knew Lewis is in for a good chance. After the safety car start Lewis managed to get up into 5th position with some great overtaking manovures, includeing a few on Kimi Raikkonen. Unfortunately the conditions were ever changeing and there was standing water on certain parts of the circuit which cought Hamilton out and thur spinning a few times. He did well to get back through the field and finished in 6th position which isn’t a bad result overall.

Lewis’ view on the race

It was almost too difficult to drive at the beginning of the race. I found a good pace and had some fun in the opening laps, but unfortunately destroyed my tyres quite early on.

I made a few too many mistakes today. It was very slippery and my front-left tyre was finished long before the end but I still gave it my best. This afternoon was a real struggle but I’m glad I got some points for the team.

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Lewis Hamilton Qualifies 9th in China

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton qualifies in 9th position for the Chinese F1 race.

McLaren’s previously steady progress away from the lower midfield seems to have been accelerated by its own interim diffuser and new front wing as Lewis Hamilton made the pole shoot-out for the first time in 2009, eventually claiming ninth.

It looks likely that it will rain in Shanghai, China which will give Lewis a good chance to move through the field.

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Lewis Hamilton Finishes 7th in Sepang

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton in Sepang, Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton managed to finish in the points with 7th position after qualifying 12th at the Sepang Grand Prix in Malaysia.

The race was interesting with lots of action and overtaking on the track. Lewis Hamilton managed to overtake during the race with is a relatively good sign that the McLaren certainly in not at the back of the field in terms of performance. The race certainly got very interesting when drivers started coming in as the rain began to fall. Though it was raining lightly at the beginning when drivers started going on the full-wet tyres. Big mistake as Kimi found out. The rain was too light for the wet weather tyres and they were destroyed within a few laps.

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Lewis Hamilton Qualifies 12th in Malaysia

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Lewis Hamilton will start the Malaysian Grand Prix from 12th position.

The McLaren’s were struggling to qualify well in Malaysia with achiving 12th and 14th position. The race will be starting there in the late afternoon which gives a higher chance of rain which could give Lewis an opportunity get into the points.

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Lewis Hamilton Apologises

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

As most Formula 1 fans are probably aware of what happened after the Melbourne race this matter will  (hopefully) be resolved and taken off the table and F1 can continue as normal again (if there is such a thing).

Lewis made a mistake. This is now a fact as admitted by Lewis in the video below. Unfortunately this is being used (and abused) by the media calling Lewis a “liar” publicly on front pages (even before Lewis admitted this and laid out the facts). This is simply not acceptable and is outrageous. Especially for a relatively minor incident Lewis is being portrayed to be a nasty person who lies often.

This is simply not the case. Anybody can see this if they’re watching.

All this negative press is not good for Hamilton’s image, especially for all the young and aspiring racing drivers and fans. It seems the media is being overly harsh against Lewis and frankly – the punishment does not fit the crime, it exceeds it by miles!

The whole situation simply does not seem fair on Lewis. I don’t know of a single Formula 1 driver who hasn’t made a mistake before, but I know fewer how are man enough to admit it.

Regarding Jarno Trulli: I can understand that he was upset as he temporarily lost his third place – as anybody racer would be.

Ok, enough of the chatter, let see and listen to the man himself has to say…

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Lewis Hamilton Excluded from Australian Grand Prix

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Lewis Hamilton has been excluded from the Australian Grand Prix after the overtaking Jarno Trulli. Previously Jarno had reveived a 25-second penalty but now Trulli has now has his 3rd position reinstated and Lewis Hamilton lost his 3rd position.

Apparently Lewis or McLaren had giving ‘misleading’  information to the stewards by giving them a different version of the events which have been said said publicly shortly before.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh had the following to say:

We are disappointed by what has happened but in the circumstances we are not going to appeal. There is no implication that Lewis lied to the stewards.

As I understand there is a belief that the team was not explicit enough in the content of the radio communications to the stewards. What they believe is that the omission of the information about the radio communication between the team was withheld and that is misleading.

I believe it was a harsh decision. Lewis made a legitimate pass and then was repassed – at the time the team asked race control several times about the repass but they were too busy to answer that question so we felt the decision in the immediate aftermath was fair. I think it’s a regrettable day. It certainly wasn’t a deliberate attempt (to mislead the stewards).


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