Well to say Lewis had an eventful year is putting it mildly. When Jenson Button entered the McLaren team I don’t think many people expected him to upend Lewis from the team darling, but he has certainly done that, and for the most part it hasn’t been Jenson’s doing, more Lewis’s own undoing.

We’re all told to give him a break as he’s had some personal problems, well fair enough but as I’ve said before racing at this level is a huge mental game, and if you don’t have the strength then it’s not going to go well.

Lewis has lost none of his speed that’s for sure, but as we spoke of on the podcast , 2009 was a tough year for McLaren but he stayed the course and as a team they fought back on Lewis’s shoulders from being lapped at Silverstone to contenders once again, where is that guy?Because with him back, and Jenson as he is, they could really take a run at Red Bull next year.

We could go incident by incident for analysis but suffice to say he made a boat load of errors with other cars, mostly, but not just, with Massa. To look at this body of work over a season you would have to surmise he was forcing it a bit and none of the drivers are going to give in like they did to his hero Ayrton Senna, nor should they, you can forgive a guy for one of those a season, but the constant lapses in judgment are defiantly a problem deep within, that may not be able to easily rectify.

He has brilliant car control but just because you have it, doesn’t mean you have to test it every lap, with the Pirellis as they are it’s just going to speed up the degradation and be a negative over a whole race distance.

That being said for all the incidents he did have, he still managed to get quite a lot of points on the board, so just imagine what might have been? There is an air of fake team spirit when he talks, so I do wonder how he behaves behind the scenes, another reason I feel the McLaren team are currently a bit more behind Jenson right now.

No doubt Lewis could turn it all around, but after this year a guy who seemed like the poster boy for Ron, for his life in the sport, may end up somewhere else in the near future.

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Luigi
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Luigi

Massa will get a well deserved #1!!! :)

MIE
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MIE

That depends if Paul was really dissapointed by Massa’s performance. Would Massa’s 2011 season actually count as a dissapointment, or just confirm Paul’s impression of his abilities?

TK
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TK

Exactly. The higher the expectation is the bigger the disappointment will be. No expectation results no disappointment. I personally put Kamui for #1. It would be sad for Kamui if he could not get one of the bottom 5 slots. Even Trulli gets #4.

dude
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dude

Being a Kamui fan, I detest that. I think if anything he confirmed his place as lead driver and did good dealing the car they had and horrible race strategies and qualifying of every races.

I am very positive #1 will go to Rubens, sadly.

Formula1Mad
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Formula1Mad

A disappointing year for Lewis, being beaten by his team mate, constant clashes with Massa, chosing Simon Fuller to represent him and letting problems in his personal life affect his performance in the cockpit.

But on a happier note he did beat Fernando Alonso in absolutely identical cars in 2007.

(had to get that last bit in!) :op

Philippe
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Philippe

Hamilton and Alonso finished with the same number of points and wins in 2007. That’s not what I call beating your team mate…

Schmorbraten
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Schmorbraten

Did anyone have any expectations for 2011 that Massa might look less rubbish alongside Alonso than last year?

What Massa did this season was what a lot of people expected him to do. He’s just diappointing full stop.

tom
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tom

I did actually ;)

formulasfera
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formulasfera

Lewis was 2nd in the Championship and Alonso 3rd.

Philippe
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Philippe

The only reason why Hamilton was 2nd and Alonso 3rd in 2007 was because Lewis had one more 4th place than Alonso.
My point is: If you finished with the same number of points, wins, 2nd palces and 3rd places, that’s pretty much equal…

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

Correction, Hamilton and Ron Dennis beat Hamilton in 2007. :-)
” We are racing Alonso”
Ron Dennis
2007

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

Beat Alonso in 2007

Formula1Mad
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Formula1Mad

I knew you’d bite at my comment F1S hehe :o)

THEENGINEER
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THEENGINEER

Lewis is gracing (for you Grace) the pages of the latest American GQ with a fashion primer. I am a big fan of both Lewis and the magazine, but am at an impasse… Lewis in an American magazine as popular as GQ can only be viewed as a positive for the visibility of the sport here in the states, BUT I also feel his presence in it is a product of his new management and the likely detrimental influence they have had on his results. 2012 will tell. Regardless, everyone stop into your nearest bodega and flip through it, laughs… Read more »

Noddy93
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Noddy93

I have a friend who graced the pages of GQ back in ’03 because he was a straight guy who wore women’s clothing. Didn’t help the cross-dressing breeder scene too much in The States.

Jack Flash (Aust)
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Jack Flash (Aust)

POTW. LMAO JF

Azwing
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Azwing

Disappointing, sure, but I don’t think I’d put Lewis in the bottom five. In particular, I don’t see how he could be more disappointing than Mark Webber.

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

The great Lewis Hamilton went from the team’s #1 driver to their #2 not just in points, but in their hearts and minds.
Lewis was beat by Alonso in a turd bucket of a Ferrari that was lapped twice this year.
Lewis finished 5 overall.

If anything, it is hard to believe he wasnt voted the biggest disappointment of the year.

Azwing
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Azwing

Gee, hard to argue with that objective analysis.

/sarcasm off

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

Am I wrong?:-)

The drivers seat
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The drivers seat

5th place in the championship?

gsprings
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gsprings

well,one thing you can’t say is button had more wins than hamilton,webber should be number one on this screwy list for sure,his teammate totally blew him out of the water,can’t really say that about button and hamilton,they were close compared to webber and vettel

formulasfera
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formulasfera

Paul, your writting is better than J.A. :)

However, I would not put LH in the bottom 5.

Some people forget he has 3 WINS and 1 POLE in this horribilus annus!!!

Nobody, nor Alonso nor Button can claim that.

For Alonso and almost everybody out there to be 2nd in points in to be a loser, ther first one. Only Button can be fine with that…

I remember Korea and I cannot see another similar achievement for becoming 2nd behind Vettel/RBR, so what the hell in the bottom 5?

Because all people has given LH the role of Champion and he’s dissapointed.

formulasfera
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formulasfera

By the way, he’s only 26 and a veteran of 5 championships.

Long life to Hamilton!

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

Lewis driving the 3rd best car on the grid, was beat by Alonso who was driving the 5th best car on the grid, period! His wins and poles don’t mean anything. In 2008 Lewis had 5 wins and Massa had 6, does that mean that Massa was the better driver that year?:-)

Formula1Mad
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Formula1Mad

“His wins and poles don’t mean anything”

Can’t really agree with you there. That’s a bit like saying Vettel’s 11 wins and 14 poles don’t count because he made a mistake that cost him victory on the last lap of the Canadian Grand Prix. Victories are victories and poles are poles. The Red Bull this season wasn’t a dominant car, Vettel was a dominant driver driving a very good but not exceptional car. Mark Webber will testify to that.

the drivers seat
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the drivers seat

Everyone had their high points in the season,but this is an overall look at the whole season,and 5th is very disappointing

formulasfera
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formulasfera

IMO the difference is that it seems that Button races Hamilton, while Hamilton races Vettel.

If Hamilton had got 3 poles and 6 wins in 2011, Vettel still had been the Champion, so c’mon! RBR was the best car, clearly.

So at the end of the day, McLaren races Ferrari and they won 2nd in the WCC (3 wins each driver and Ferrari just only 1).

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

In 2008 Massa had 6 wins to Hamilton’s 5, but because Lewis beat him by 1 point on the last turn of the last race of the year Lewis won the championship. Did Massa having more wins than Lewis that year mean anything?
I will agree with you that wins matter, if you say that Massa and not Hamilton really deserved to be the World Drivers Champion of 2008. ;-)

gsprings
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gsprings

i dissagree,i think the redbull was the best car all year long,you could tell mclaren and ferarri were working hard to just stay close,i think people are looking at webbers performance and thinking the redbull was not a dominate car,the thing is,webber under performed in 2011,he should have run away with 2nd in the drivers points at least

gsprings
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gsprings

anyways,lets not forget that some of these so called dissapointing drivers did not have the best cars on the grid,i still think f1 is more the car than the driver,a lot of these drivers would win in that redbull car,why webber let vettel dog him like he did,i don’t know

the drivers seat
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the drivers seat

Well there can only be 1 best car

Jack Flash (Aust)
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Jack Flash (Aust)

One best car between teams.
One best car/strategy within a team.
Vettel had both, and he delivered a near flawless use of that. Fast, consistent to the point of robotic, and well executed strategically from the race cockpit.
JF

tom
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tom

Actually, I’m not even sure that Red Bull had the best car…well, they did in the beginning of the season, but the second half appeared to actually be rather equal between RedBull and McLaren, varying according to the track.

I think Vettel really deserves more credit than he still gets. I see him as being the major difference between the Vettel & RedBull and the Button/Hamilton & McLaren combo.