The war of words just won’t leave Lewis Hamilton alone or the young man just seems to thrive on the constant conflagration of words with peers (when does this guy get a break already?). Today’s qualifying session had a “moment” in which Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren slowed to allow for a gap to his teammate Jenson button on the final corner prior to starting his last qualifying lap.

The issue was that time was running out and the teams had left it too late to really have a comfortable margin. The same could be said of Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher who had left it even later than Hamilton to make their final run.

The issue escalated as Hamilton slowed and it caught Webber and Schumacher off guard as they both went around Hamilton. Messrs. Webber and Schumacher were running out of time as well and couldn’t wait for Hamilton to get his comfortable gap between his teammate.

The criticism comes from the perspectives:

Webber:

“I didn’t want to pass him at all,” the Australian explained. “I didn’t want to get involved in any of that.

“But the team were saying ‘Come on, get on with it, we’re running out of time, you’re not going to be able to start the lap, you’ve got to push through the last chicane’.

“So that was a bit of a mess.”

Hamilton:

“Out of nowhere, he just shot up the inside and nearly crashed with me, so I had to avoid him.

“And then I saw, I didn’t even see Michael as I gave Mark room, but he nearly crashed on me on the left, so it was quite dangerous.

“I don’t know what the hell he was doing, but he (Schumacher) went off onto the grass. It was just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever experienced in qualifying,”

Schumacher:

“I had Webber in front because Hamilton slowed down. I don’t know what was in front of him, if he really had to slow down that much, but it was tight for all three of us so we all had to push somehow to make it through and do another lap.

“At that moment I was set to do a lap because I didn’t know whether Kobayashi, or somebody, may go out [to set a time]. I tried my best and Lewis pushed me a little bit wide onto the grass. I made it through, but a bit of an awkward start of a qualifying lap.”

Schumacher was asked if his lap was compromised by the incident. While he felt it wasn’t, he still thinks Hamilton was too slow:

“Not really, luckily nobody else – or at least Kobayashi – didn’t go out again to set another lap, because that would have meant I would have been shy by probably a second. Which was a bit stupid – at the last chicane everybody was driving so slow.

“I saw my time, so I knew I had to go through somehow otherwise I wouldn’t make it. I just missed it [the flag] by a second. Bit of a shame, but it didn’t make a problem in the end.”

The only thing that could have made this to over-the-top story of the day would have been to have Felipe Mass involved in the incident as he’s been at the heart of last weeks war of words with Hamilton.

As it is, a racing incident but the teams all left it too late and that’s the reality. I think it’s hard to blame Lewis for trying to gap it perfectly and I can’t blame Webber and Schumacher who were behind Hamilton as they had even less time to get over the line. They had to make the move they did to even have a chance.

what’s your perspective of the situation?

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formulasfera
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formulasfera

I think it is easy to justify Webber and Schumacher’moves, who were behind with less time than Hamilton to get over the line.

If the roles were inverted (Hamilton behind with dangerous moves to gain a place) I guess all the fans would blame Hamilton.

Hamilton seems to keep his head cool, after all if a crash had occurred, no doubt Hamilton would be the center of attacks because of his incident’s history this year. So to have success, Hamilton should work harder to avoid criticism.

Neiana
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Neiana

From what I see:

Hamilton: they were being dangerous and I was just doing the right thing!!!
Schumacher: He pushed me a little wide but whatevs. I tried.

I can’t blame the situation on any of the drivers but I sure can see who is being a little piss bucket about an unfortunate situation. And people wonder why Hamilton gets the hate.

Blacknappy
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Blacknappy

I totally agree. I was thinking that Hamilton was being paranoid earlier in the season but there is no doubt there is one set of rules for Hamilton and another set of rules for the other drivers – it is making me lose total interest in the sport……

UAN
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UAN

From Lewis’s perspective, I think it’s a case of pot meet kettle, kettle meet pot. In the first run of Q3 in Singapore, Lewis was all over Massa and was close to creating a very dangerous situation before Massa let Lewis pass. And Massa at that time was probably closer to the car in front (Alonso, iirc) than Lewis was to Button. He was complaining of Massa going too slow and needing to pass him. Now the situation is reversed, and the cars behind him were under much more pressure than he was in Singapore. I agree the teams left… Read more »

formulasfera
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formulasfera

That’s what I am talking about, some fans just find reasons to blame Hamilton, though it was Webber and Schumi actions more questionable…
Maybe because I am what?

UAN
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UAN

I’m not a Webber or Schumacher fan. It’s also Lewis who is finding himself in these situations over and over again and when you have situations, folks look for the causes of them. DC and EJ on BBC found fault with Lewis (EJ more than DC) for not being aware enough of what was going on around him. I guess some Lewis fans just believe he doesn’t do anything wrong ever. In Singapore, he was driving all over Massa in Q3 (and I’m not a Massa fan), almost causes an accident at one turn, and then finally passes Massa. If… Read more »

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

Sounds like a straight forward racing incident to me. Although that is some crappy luck for Hamilton my guess is he probably could have bettered his time.

Makana
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Makana

Hamilton and Mclaren fell asleep, Lewis just apologized saying it’s his mistake. Case Closed.

Neiana
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Neiana

3 people were involved in an unfortunate timing screwup by the heads of state. 1 person is bitching AND playing victim. 1 person shrugs it off and 1 person acts like he was under pressure to participate.

Clutchless
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Clutchless

Would be much easier to have an opinion if the world feed showed WTF actually happened. Did BBC viewers see this or are we just taking all the drivers words for it?

Husker
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Husker

The BBC showed the replay after the world feed ended.

J0J0
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J0J0

I blame Paul Charsley.

ed lammi
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ed lammi

The BBC should not be allowed to show F1. Their presenters are just not good (DC,EJ). Their anti-Hamilton bias is so obvious.

Noddy93
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Noddy93

really? really?

Oh brother…. compared to the beeb’s ‘anti-hamilton’ bias the ‘pro-hamilton’ bias is ineffable.

Benalf
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Benalf

watch Speed channel instead…they’re are pro-Hammy

bam
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bam

Schumi lost his right to complain about qualifying shenanigans when he parked his Ferrari at pit entrance in Monaco.

budred5
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budred5

Post Of The Week!

Noddy93
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Noddy93

what? he simply lost power… or some crap like that

UAN
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UAN

it didn’t sound like Schumacher was complaining.

PositiveCaster
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PositiveCaster

What I wouldn’t give for Leigh Diffey to permanently replace Varsha.

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

After seeing the video It seems like another example of Lewis thinking his track positions is more important than everyone else’s. I think he assumes other drivers should adjust their track position to cater to his. I really think Lewis thinks in his mind ” what are these idiots doing, don’t they know who I am”.

Modoc
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Modoc

I think the most interesting part about this video is @ 0:29 you can hear the exhaust gasses from the blown diffuser on the Red Bull passing Lewis

Ann
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Ann

Over paid and over here

Jack Flash (Aust)
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Jack Flash (Aust)

I have only this Q to ask… Why did Lewis Hamilton decide he needed to back so far away from the rear of Jenson Button, way more than a usual gap; when Jenson had been doing the faster laps in McLaren garage all weekend? It was not like Lewis was doing 3-5 tenth faster laptimes than Jenson, and needed the vast extra in space allowance! Three possibilities present themselves to explain this choice by Lewis: [1]. Lewis had a brain-fart or a total lack of awareness, on the overtly large size of the gap to Button, and an equal lack… Read more »