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Old 12th Apr 2015, 13:14
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Old 12th Apr 2015, 14:51
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Well quite, they got a 1 and a 2....couldn't have done better than that. Mercedes ought to be delighted.
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Old 12th Apr 2015, 16:08
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Fangio's philosphy was to win the race at the slowest speed possible.
Here's the great man (dressed for gardening!) drifting his skinny-tyred Lancia-Ferrari around Monaco..

Back to topic: Well done Lewis!
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Excerpt from The Guardian (online). I like the different styles of Lauda and Wolff

Entire article here
Lewis Hamilton has slow fall out with Nico Rosberg after Chinese GP win | Sport | The Guardian

Niki Lauda, the Mercedes non-executive chairman, absolved Hamilton from any blame. “Lewis had pole position and controlled the race from the beginning to the end,” he said. “There’s nothing more to say. There’s no need for a quarrel.”

The three-times title winner added: “True, Lewis will drive selfish. These guys are egocentric bastards and it is the only way to win the championship, and Nico is the same if the shit hits the fan. Nico is as nasty as Lewis is if he sees the chance. Don’t worry.”

Toto Wolff, the team’s head of motorsport, was less colourful in his explanation: “We had a good debrief. It was a positive. There wasn’t any animosity. We didn’t make any mistakes. It was good of Nico to complain and it was good of Lewis to slow down. Lewis had the car in the lead, he was in charge of the race.”

Wolff added: “Lewis did not do it on purpose. We have cleared that. There was not any intention from Lewis to slow Nico down to make him finish third, or worse. He knew he had to make the tyre run longer than it had run all weekend. So he decided to slow down in the way he did.”
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Old 12th Apr 2015, 23:52
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Thanks for the link sidevalve. Must have been a promo given the cars parked on the run up to Casino Square but what caught my attention was the handling, understeer in and oversteer out of the corner. Absolutely woeful understeer too. Another interesting link at the finish of the one you posted was the 1955 Belgian GP. It's worth a watch if only to see how much has changed in F1 and also how much hasn't.
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Old 13th Apr 2015, 10:12
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he (Nico) could have gone faster but his tyre management would then have been compromised by getting caught in Lewis' turbulent air
He told the pitwall that at the time. But if he's not getting close enough to threaten a pass why should Hamilton chance his tyres going off by speeding up? Presumably Vettel and Raikonen behind were in the same situation, although Raikonen's displeasure at several backmarkers was obvious.
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Old 13th Apr 2015, 11:37
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Originally Posted by Lon More View Post
Raikonen's displeasure at several backmarkers was obvious.
I thought that that was hilarious.
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Loved that press conference, especially when she started to ask Vettel a question & couldn't help but smirk. It was almost like "Seriously? weren't you listening? Ask them some more!"
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Old 13th Apr 2015, 16:14
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Moss/Fangio Mercedes Era

What a difference to the Hamilton/Rosberg era!
Was at Aintree in 1955 when Fangio let Moss win the British GP. What a gentleman!
Could you see anything similar happening between Hamilton and Rosberg?
Makes it that much more interesting, though.

PS In those days you needed woeful understeer so that you were nicely balanced when you turned on the power. You primed with the steering and steered with the throttle. Much more entertaining for both drivers and spectators.
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Would Rosberg have challenged Vettel (or another driver other than Hamilton) if he had been two seconds behind them?

Of course, so, was Rosberg 'content' to let Lewis remain in the lead?

If not, why didn't Rosberg at least ask his pit for permission to go faster/challenge Lewis? - or just do it.
Because he knew that Lewis would go faster and maintain the gap - so why didn't Rosberg try that? That would have got him out of the perceived clutches of Vettel.
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Back to the real business of F1



Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton has been criticised for again spraying champagne over a visibly uncomfortable hostess after claiming victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

As Hamilton stood on the top tier of the Shanghai podium on Sunday he unleashed a torrent of champagne straight into the hostess' face to celebrate his victory, the second time he has done so this season.

The act has been condemned by anti-sexism campaigners as "selfish" and "inconsiderate" who argue it points to the wider culture of sexism in the motor racing world.

"It is surely a very difficult position to be a grid girl and she would have had little option but to stand there and take it," Rox Hardie, the chief executive of anti-sexism group, Object, told the MailOnline.

"That is something of which he [Hamilton] should be aware. But instead, he appears to have abused her position."

"Motor racing appears to unnecessarily portray women as sexualised objects and that probably makes it even harder for the women to stand up for themselves," said Hardie. "We would hope people in the industry would be respectful to these women".

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Was at Aintree in 1955 when Fangio let Moss win the British GP. What a gentleman!
Moss once said he never knew whether Fangio actually "let" him win that day. He did ask him, and all he got in return was a grin.

You are right tho'. A gentleman and the greatest racing driver of all time. None of the current batch of prima donnas can hold a candle to him.

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A bit of light releif -

How cartoon meme Dick Butt got into UPS logo on side of Ferrari Formula 1 car | Metro News
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Just had a look at the champagne spraying pictures and I would like to think that if one of my kids behaved in that way they would get a warm backside, might be an excellent driver but a tad big for his boots methinks.
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Don't be silly. Plenty of non drivers have been sprayed before, the Trophy presenters have often had to run for cover if they forget and hang around the steps too long.

Yet another storm in a teacup focused at Lewis Hamilton, Why always him eh?





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Old 14th Apr 2015, 11:52
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Just goes to show the modern F1 lot can't hold their drink unlike the gentlemen from the 50s' who politely drank the stuff. It all went wrong when the handed the bottle to Dan Gurney at Le Mans in 1967. Can't trust those yanks you know. Just won't do the right thing at all.
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Old 14th Apr 2015, 13:10
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I agree with pvmw..
A gentleman and the greatest racing driver of all time. None of the current batch of prima donnas can hold a candle to him.
He was in a class of his own.. all those who came afterwards can be arranged beneath him in whatever order you like. I can't think of another driver in the intervening years who truly belongs in Fangio's class.
As for the Hamilton-Rosberg squabbling, they both drive for MB, they have identical machinery.. What's Rosberg's problem? If he wishes to dictate race strategy, the only place to do it from is in the lead. Problem is - he doesn't have Hamilton's pace. Solution? He should wind his neck in..
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Why always him
The Daily Fail was making a great song and dance about it. Well you didn't expect news from them did you? Presumably farage has been keeping a low profile so they had to fill a page
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The girls are told in advance to wear something suitable as they are going to get soaked in Champagne.

Take the pocket money, the limelight and the stories home with you and shut the shut up, I reckon.
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