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Old 26th Aug 2014, 18:29
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I think a lot of the wahallah is coming from the papers. Count on the Sun, and the Mail to come up with some variations on the theme of "Gallant English Lad Torpedoed On his Way to Victory by Treacherous Hun Team-Mate! 'Burn him, burn him!,' say we all of us!" Hey, whatever sells the papers.

All that it would have taken, once Rosberg got alongside as he did, was for Hamilton to back off a bit, let him complete his pass and then re-pass him a few turns later ... if he were able to. Is that such a difficult thing to foresee?

Let's see now ... I was able to predict that collision, wasn't I? (Ask my wife if you don't believe me!) Just a second .... Yes, the image in the crystal ball is becoming clearer .... I see two silver cars in a big cloud of dust at the end of the start-finish straight, just on the opening lap .... The crowd is going wild .... Bernie Ecclestone just dropped stone dead .... Some guy with a big grin is spraying a bottle of champagne from the top of the tribune with "Advance Australia Fair" fading in the background ....
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 05:14
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@RetiredF4 - you are writing to much good and well thought out comment for JB You need to intersperse it with some poorly based emotional rhetoric
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 06:17
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From today's German papers ...

Someone named "Lewis Hamilton," driving for Mercedes, now plans to put the interests of his team first! My God! There must be two of them, because the only one I knew about had always put the interests of Lewis Hamilton first! What fresh outburst of piety is this? What has led to such an insight? The new Lewis Hamilton does not see any more "wheel-to-wheel" racing taking place, whatever that means.

Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, has gone into Kimi Raikkonen mode, refusing to comment aside from saying that it would make no sense for him to comment.

I don't know if it will be worth making a bowl of popcorn for the next race; it could all be over at the end of the start-finish straight on the first lap. Watch the big crash and then come back later to see that newcomer celebrate another win ... that will be about it, perhaps.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 07:29
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"All it would have taken...was for Hamilton to back off a bit.."


Really? When he is clearly in front, on the racing line with no one behind with any hope of passing him on that turn.. really? I think RF4 is right actually, Rosberg had a rush of sh!t to the brain and messed up. Plain and simple.


But with Alonso courting RBR, Vettel will be looking around.. If I were Rosberg I would be feeling a bit insecure about my seat next year, after all, if Hamilton signs the deal he has been offered, then whose contract would Merc buy out to accommodate Vettel - The big expensive one or the cheap one??


(That was my contribution to the silly season rumour factory by the way!!)
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 08:42
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What part of "it was a racing accident" is so hard to understand?

This sort of thing happens all the time, just not usually involving extremely expensive Formula 1 cars. It's called "racing," actually.

Of course it has been Hamilton practicing "winning through initimidation" until now. The only surprise this time was Rosberg not backing fully off when he got chopped. Rosberg's hope of passing depended on Hamilton taking the sensible alternative, not risking a collision. I don't know ... a slightly more switched-on guy than Lewis might have thought something like, "Ooh. That guy I stitched up last time seems to have the knife between his teeth. Perhaps I had better back off a bit right here, just in case. This might not be a case of 'business as usual'" When you put things into context, then you could make a case for Lewis understanding that he needed to back off just a little bit, because of how he had pushed the situation he found himself in.

Yes, Hamilton had the right to chop him, to take his line into the corner, when prudence might have suggested leaving the door open and losing the lead. So Hamilton took his line, the two collided, but then Hamilton drew the short straw. It could just as easily have been Rosberg losing yet more of his front wing to see Hamilton disappear into the distance; then we would not be seeing this unedifying back-and-forth, particularly the team principals getting so upset with Rosberg after just shrugging off the way that Hamilton had previously ignored team orders.

I really love the way Hamilton is now showing a big, glowing halo, as the driver who's so respectful of the interests of the team, rather than his own interests. My word! What a sudden change of heart! It suggests that someone should have nerfed our Lewis into the kitty litter years ago, doesn't it? If he's sincere, then expect him simply to leave the door open, the next time Rosberg puts a big pass on him, right?

In line with this sudden change of personality, I look forward to Lewis getting rid of the diamond ear studs and the "gangsta" hat; a shave might be too much, but that would also be a good idea. Some normal-size Ray-Bans? Hmm ... there might be some further work to be done for this Damascene conversion to become complete: Formula 1 former world champion into Mother Teresa.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:05
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Originally Posted by Alloa Akbar View Post
But with Alonso courting RBR, Vettel will be looking around.. If I were Rosberg I would be feeling a bit insecure about my seat next year, after all, if Hamilton signs the deal he has been offered, then whose contract would Merc buy out to accommodate Vettel - The big expensive one or the cheap one??
It's an interesting theory, but if you think there's friction between Lewis and Nico, I suspect Lewis and Seb Vettel will trigger World War 3....
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:15
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Indeed.

Anyone remember 2007 when Alonso was his team-mate? Anyone think there's a pattern developing, common denominator being...

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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:22
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I am sorry to say but these days I have stopped watching F1 as a lot of F1 drivers are increasingly reminding me of top league
professional footballers. They have become vastly over paid prima donnas who should get a real job, and stop acting like spoilt children.
Senior management don't seem to be able to control their employees either, something that would not be allowed in companies in the
outside world.
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:27
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common denominator being...
LH… " is it caus I is Black"
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 09:28
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Anyone remember 2007 when Alonso was his team-mate?
I seem to recall that Alonso was the Prima Donna in that particular partnership......
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 18:09
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BBC Sport - Jenson Button's McLaren career uncertain after Alonso pursuit
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 18:24
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Liked this one. Not sure if any rules govern tinkering with somebody elses car when your driving

Video of racer turning opponent's side mirror during race goes viral | FOX Sports
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 20:52
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Martin Whitmarsh has finally left McLaren, the team have confirmed | Vodafone McLaren Mercedes News | Formula 1 Teams | Sky Sports
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 21:25
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Rich coming from a Queen. Whatever next handbags at dawn?

what is the reason to start a bashing of a driver in front of TV cameras minutes after the race ended, prior the press conference and prior any kind of hearing with the drivers could be accomplished
Except Hamilton had been in discussions with all the Merc top brass immediately after his retirement. Well briefed before the interview, More than a little corporate policy being communicated

Not sure if any rules govern tinkering with somebody elses car when your driving
The racer's edge. Anything to get him off balance, Best if you can do it to both sides so he doesn't know where you're coming through
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Old 27th Aug 2014, 23:41
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The race with double points will be the one for a bit of action.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 18:44
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The Telegraph, not the daily fail.
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Old 29th Aug 2014, 16:10
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Lets just hope that Ricciardo can sneak past the both of them at the final race of the season - at least he has a smile on his face and some personality.
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Old 29th Aug 2014, 16:10
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That Rosberg punishment in full « Sniff Petrol
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Old 29th Aug 2014, 18:35
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Old 29th Aug 2014, 22:01
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Press release

I think Lewis has come out of it well. Any repeat by Nico, contract ended.
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