Vettel supports Hamilton penalty

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Sebastian Vettel says that Lewis Hamilton deserved the drive-through penalty as it appeared he never intended on making the chicane in the first place.

“He had a better exit than me from the Adelaide hairpin. I was inside, to defend my position, and had the better line for curves six and seven. Lewis arrived with more speed, I went from the gas and braked and he kept going. For me it was clear that he was going to cut the chicane.”

“He cut the chicane completely. I had a similar situation at the Monaco chicane, when I was too late on the brakes. I overtook two cars but I let them go again and so the issue was settled. If someone stays out in front, there is a penalty. I think he should have let me past again because he had a better car and could have passed me again.”

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Noddy93
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Noddy93

what he says is what i saw.
lewis was going much too fast to make the chicane

i think lewis-n-team are smarting because this year they’re actually getting the penalties they would’ve been gifted in ’07

Negative Camber
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we only saw on board of Lewis but it looked to me that he was pressing hard and over cooked it. Late braking has its downside…namely missing an apex. PF1 has a decidedly pro-Lewis take on it. Maybe they saw a different camera angle than I did but I agree with you Noddy.

Keith Collantine
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Vettel’s dead right. Hamilton was naive – or worse – not giving the place back.

Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

I just want to know why Lewis “the prolific Passer” Hamilton had such a hard time getting around jr jr?

Lucas S.

Negative Camber
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agreed Keith, if there was doubt, the team should have told Lewis to give way and re-take him later. Lewis is young but his team isn’t.

Lucas, I guess Jr. Jr. Was driving more prolific than the prolific passer. :)

Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

This is a heaping pile of prolificness.

Lucas S.

Negative Camber
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Lucas; you can have john Stones SL when you pry it from his cold, dead hand. :) He paid dearly for that thing. He didn’t score points so it is relatively affordable. :)

FFC
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FFC
I won’t comment on the penalty, because he got it and that’s the end of it, but I’d love to see Nico Rosberg end up with Ferrari. That way, we’d be assured of years and years of quality racing, which I worry about considering that Kimi will be gone sooner than we might expect and Massa can’t get the job done for Ferrari without help. Love him or hate him, Hamilton’s got talent in spades, and I hope it’s just that other youngsters out there are in bad cars, or we’re gonna have years of boredom ala the Schumacher-Ferrari days… Read more »
Lucas S.
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Lucas S.

I was trying to buy John Stone a SL, so he could cace for Force Lucas. If he already has one this will save a bumdle.

Lucas S.

Antifia
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Antifia
So Massa can’t get the job done without help. Right. As far as I remember it, Kimi is world champion right now because the help he got from Massa in Interlagos last year. Nothing wrong with that but it is just fair to remember who has helped whom. On the Hamilton note, it is perhaps instructive to remember that he and Piquet Jr. fought the GP2 series down to the last race – Hamilton just managing to pip Piquet for the championship. And Hamilton also had the better car.. So I would say that any other F1 driver in a… Read more »
Negative Camber
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Kovy is definitely learning that this year. Although, he knew what he was getting in to. Lewis looks like a young driver making some of the young driver mistakes that they all make. He seemed ragged last weekend. Not unlike some of the drives we’ve seen from Nico et. al. I think Nico or Adrian would give Lewis a run for his money in equal cars. I also thin Lewis had a two-time champ to follow last year. This year he does not look as smooth and perhaps it’s the car but I think he’s just young, he will learn… Read more »
FFC
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Schumacher retires, and Ferrari brings in who? A rookie? A doddering old fogie who should’ve long been retired? No! They bring in a guy they believe to be the best out there… a guy who’d already have been a World Champion if only he’d had the car. And guess what? That guy delivered last year, Massa helping the team bring home the constructors championship to boot. Ferrari didn’t trust Massa to be their “main man” is my point, and I don’t think that they ever will so long as they have another option. And why? Because Massa can’t get the… Read more »