Hamilton Falls Short In Chinese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has fallen short of winning the World Drivers Championship this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix. After running wide and burying his car in the gravel trap along the pit entry, he has left the door open to a real showdown in the final race in Brazil.

The weekend was fraught with controversy as Fernando Alonso unleashed a scathing attack on his team, McLaren, for doing something to his car in the 3rd session during qualifying and preventing him from capturing pole for the race. With all the chest-pounding and hair-pulling surrounding the McLaren teams two drivers, Kimi took the opportunity to slip into the lead and take the race win for Ferrari. In what seemed a forgone conclusion this weekend has at least left us with something to look forward to in Brazil (Lord knows the track is not a big draw so maybe a title chase will be).

Predictably the British F1 web pages, including P-F1 and others, have sheepishly admitted that Lewis made a minor mistake (excusable because he is a pure racer and pure racers don’t concede positions to anyone, even Kimi) BUT McLaren made a huge blunder in keeping our boy Lewis out longer than they should have on bad tires. It wasn’t his fault he went wide at pit entry.

I will say this once, am I the only one who noticed Kimi never searching for water on the track to keep his tires in good shape? Was I the only one who noticed Kimi’s tires when they pulled them off the Ferrari as being completely bald (much worse than Lewis’) because he never tried to save his tires like Lewis and Fernando did? I guess it goes without saying that Lewis had worse tires as the Ferrari’s are easier on their tires than the McLaren huh? And Although he was lighter and had less weight degrading his tires, Lewis just had different rubber that wore poorly I guess. Bottom line folks? McLaren pressed their strategy in a dodgy race with rain coming and the gamble they took by putting Lewis on a light fuel load to get him up front to win the WDC. It didn’t work and Lewis cracked under the pressure. All the great have. No biggie. Kimi handed McLaren their backsides this weekend and Fernando is still in the hunt making Brazil Bernie’s ultimate outcome of the FIA directed championship. They have orchestrated the entire year magnificently and we have loved every minute.

No one expected Lewis to turn out so good and the entire machine has reckoned him the New Franchise of the sport. He’s British too!! If things go wrong, the British press will devour McLaren in scathing prose as letting down the new F1 phenom irrespective of his rookie brain fade. It is pointless to betray the new franchise that has become Lewis. But somehow supporting him seems like carrying coals to Newcastle. He is a legend already and hasn’t really achieved anything near legendary status. While the entire world says the departure of Michael Schumacher has had no effect because “look what we found” Lewis has filled the gap. I think the departure of Schumi has had a larger effect than many admit; look at what we’ve come to and the accolades we’ve bestowed on a young man who hasn’t won a single championship yet. Sad.

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Have to say Hamilton does my head in and I am British. Thing is I would probably like him a lot more if he wasn’t so fawned over in the press. Like just about every other new British driver that seems any good. There’s no doubting he’s very, very good no Rookie has ever had such an explosive start that I can remember. Not withstanding such a competitive car at his command. Sorry I guess that was a bit off topic. Course I’m Scottish not English maybe that has something to do with it. After all I still maintain Jim… Read more »
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I am right there with you. jimmy Clark all the way. jimmy, Tazio and Michael to be specific. ;) AND I am of Scottish heritage so you are in good company. ;)

I like the idea of a spoiler sneaking in to take the title. Kimi is that guy. Doubt it will happen but it would be fun to see after all the McLaren press all year.

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Paul, I am right there with you and your comments. Imagine sitting in the Championship Drivers Seat most of the season and then losing it at the end. I want to see that–Go Kimi!

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I sent Grace a text today and said given the current mental state of Fernando, I wonder if he and Lewis would end up taking each other out in Brazil? I doubt Fernando would feel he has anything to lose. If so, and you never know, Kimi could pull it off. Of course Grace had some flippant remark bout allowing one win for Kimi and then she could go back to hating Ferrari. LOL.

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I could handle that.. Grace hating Ferrari next year.. Kimi winning the WC this year.. the FIA finding the 2008 McLaren to be too much like the Ferrari and penalizing them again.. and FA going to Ferrari to piss off Ron…
Yes, I could very much handle that!

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Grace said P-F1 was rumoring Fred to RBR for Webber trade. Hmmm.

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And this quote from Grandprix.com:

“It is the mark of a great champion that he knows how to handle himself in moments of disaster and Lewis set his jaw and headed back to the pits.”

Mark of a great champion? GP2 maybe but “great”? This guy is claiming adjectives and pro-nouns of which the likes of Senna has rarely seen. And he hasn’t won any title in F1 yet. Wow.

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Well Todd, they’re all so busy licking Hamilton’s ass that they will soon look just like him. Comparisons to Senna are nauseating. He was an original, Hamilton’s just a fake product, about as real as Pamela Anderson’s tits. To me, this will be the final season of F1. It descended to the level of Pro Wrestling. No more… That’s it. I lost all respect for Ron Dennis, Ferrari, the press, Bernie and all the FIA manipulators and I don’t care about anything anymore except that Hamilton does not win the damn title. Be it Kimi or Alonso.

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Well it is easy to say that the British Press Wove There Little Lewy Wewy Boy Silver Spoon Boy. He can do no wrong in their eyes so not matter what happens at least Lewis has that.

Jenson Button Who??

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Jenson was flavor of the month a few years ago. No longer. I have faith, Zash, that even though it has become the Circus Maximus, F1 will rise above it. I will say that I have really come to enjoy ALMS over the last few years because of the great talent and racing without the pomp and circumstance. Grace has gotten me into MotoGP, along with our two linked MotoGP sites and their terrific work. I think a nemesis is coming for the golden child. MS had Mika, Senna had Prost and Hammy could have Nico, Adrian, Vettel, Alonso or… Read more »
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Something I’ve noticed since the Chinese GP is all the press releases from McLaren about how they’re to blame for Hamilton’s ending up in the pit lane gravel trap. Then Hamilton’s confidence fine after Chinese GP, bla, bla, bla….

I know Alonso can be a whinger but I’ve never seen this for any of their other drivers, so maybe he is correct there was blatant favoritism on the team. Of course Lewis is Ron’s protege….

John “Alonso & Kimi next year at Ferrari” Stone

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Not to forget that Ron Dennis said : ‘We were racing Alonso’ when Hamilton went out. That is ‘WE’, as in team or something like that. So they didn’t care what Kimi does, if he wins or not, in effect. And that same sentence should have Max jump up and make good on his statement to watch over any disadvantageous treatment of Alonso after the Spy saga. Well. It’s just a laughing stock the whole ‘sport’. Pro Wrestling, that’s all I can compare it to. It’s so damn low.

zash
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Nigel has a website.. http://www.nigel-stepney.com/

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Well we are going to see a race in Brazil and we are not going to have to worry about the two top guys taking each other out at the first turn. Reason being is then that would hand the championship to Kimi. Though I do believe that Kimi could and should be ultra aggressive going into the first turn and really “Go for It” in Brazil. Lewis and Fernando are going to have to give way to avoid any contact as not to lose the WC to each other. Kimi has nothing to lose and the same could be… Read more »
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John,

Very true. I saw that as well but if you look, you’ll see that they first said no one was to blame, then they are to blame and now they are to blame for not listening to the tire manufacturer. Oh boy.

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flippant… i don’t know what you’re talking about! Kimi all the way baby!