October 8, 2011

As the Ham turns...

Today Lewis Hamilton managed to blow his chance at pole and destroy Schumacher and Webber's final go in the process. Afterwards he flipped off Grandpa in the pits and complained to the media that Schumacher's pass was dangerous, despite having done precisely the same himself in Singapore two weeks ago.

Hamilton slowed down too much to get a gap for his final flying lap leaving no choice for Webber and Schumacher but go around him or risk not making the cut. Webber made it, Schumacher ended up with dirt all over his tires and out of time and Hamilton, well, he was left hanging.

Prediction for tomorrow's race? Well, given how Vettel pulled 4/10ths out of the hat just like that and how RBR has been solid on long runs, he will run away with it.
If we are lucky, either Hamilton or Alonso will do something fun at the start and get around. If that happens perhaps Vettel will want to push and win the championship with a win, not points. Hey there's always hope, right?

Pos  Driver                Team                 Time         Gap   
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m30.466s
2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.475s + 0.009
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.617s + 0.151
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m30.804s + 0.338
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m30.886s + 0.420
6. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m31.156s + 0.690
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber no time
8. Vitaly Petrov Renault no time
9. Bruno Senna Renault no time
10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes no time

Q2 cut-off time: 1m32.380s Gap **
11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m32.463s + 1.997
12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m32.746s + 2.280
13. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m33.079s + 2.613
14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m33.224s + 2.758
15. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m33.227s + 2.761
16. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m33.427s + 2.961
17. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari no time
Q1 cut-off time: 1m35.111s Gap *
18. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m35.454s + 4.988
19. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m35.514s + 5.048
20. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m36.439s + 5.973
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m36.507s + 6.041
22. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m37.846s + 7.380
23. Nico Rosberg Mercedes no time
24. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth no time
107% time: 1m39.109s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2



  1. Are you fucking serious?
    Fox News would be proud, congratulations.

  2. Ah fanboys... how do you see it different?

    Fact: he blew his quali.
    Fact he blew Schumacher's lap then gave him the finger and whined that what he (Schumi) did was "dangerous".
    Fact: Hamilton did the precise same thing in Singapore
    Fact: he whined afterwards as usual, see his face at the post conference?
    Fact he's again... failing

  3. @AC, you seem to have an agenda just like Faux News. Video quality is poor but I can see Button make the corner just before Webber and schumacher came flying in on both sides. I guess he should have been tailgating. Without the Singapore incident, what would be your angle to talk sh*t about the guy?

  4. Fox News. Come on. You clearly know ACs point of view, why do you read the blog, especially the F1 posts? I try to pass up stories by other writers that glorify LH and slam other drivers and I certainly don't comment on their posts that read to me as clear bias in favor of their fellow Englishman. Perhaps you are now questioning your rabid fanhood of LH and you secretly want to validate it by commenting here? Read a Peter Windsor story for crying out loud.

  5. @ Anonymous, "critics often have the loudest voice." What I've noticed is f1 fans and Hamilton fans("fanboys" to you and about a billion other people) don't go around spreading biased opinions about him. Most of the time they are simply responding to an outrageous biased opinion from someone like AC or uneven criticism. Why do I read the blog? Because I like to read material that doesn't agree with my opinions. Preaching to the choir thing. Its how you develop an unbiased opinion. You can't just read whats conveneint for you. Most just avoid it all together, but the one or two that respond seems to ruffle the feathers of the majority. I actually like Peter Windsor. I thought he was great on Speed.

  6. I think giving praise where praise is due constitutes "glorifying" Hamilton for many. Can someone give me an example of glorifying Hamilton?

  7. Peter Windsor is an embarrassment to his country. I never personally cared for his drooling all over Hamilton each weekend. SPEED's coverage has been greatly improved by Will Buxton, IMHO.

    I don't find AC's commentary on Hamilton outrageous. All one has to do is look at Vettel, Button, and this weekend's performance by Kobayashi to see that it is possible to compete in F1 without finding a need draw the media's ire. Hamilton makes his own bed, make no mistake

  8. What the hell was he doing going that slow, right in the middle of the corner?

    Trying to gap yourself to the next guy or not, you pull a move like that during a Club Ford session and they'd sit you down for a little talking to.

    Someone needs to talk to Louise about both his driving, and his attitude. If he keeps this up, he'll slide further and further down the Mansell/Prost Scale of Insufferablity (M/PSI).

  9. Hopefully we get an exciting race instead of the usual Vettel in the lead wire to wire. F1 has become very boring....

  10. Valencia and Singapore weren't the greatest contests, but most of the races this season have had something to offer. Sure, Vettel is largely uncontested and that kills some of the fun but there's been a lot of good fight and some pretty amazing moments along the way.

  11. "Trying to gap yourself to the next guy or not, you pull a move like that during a Club Ford session and they'd sit you down for a little talking to."

    I didn't know gapping oneself to the driver ahead is a "move" now? What do you think he was trying to do balk Webber and Schumi?

  12. I doubt Schumacher but Webber? Maybe.
    Even Eddie Jordan thinks Ham was a tool. sounds like JH is a fanboy though, totally clueless on that call :)

  13. I wish Di Resta drove for McLaren

  14. Fanboy? Moi? LOL I'm guessing you mean Jake Humphrey

  15. Does no one else see this as a failure on the part of the teams? McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull. They all sat in there garage for longer than they needed to.

    The gap Lewis was leaving to the car in front looked quite normal to me. The problem was the fact there were to many cars trying to cross the line in the last 30s of qualifying.

  16. well, I AM a Ham fanboy and I still wanted to slap the * out of him for this one. The way he acted afterwards was the deal breaker - dark sunglasses for the press conferences, and a salty attitude like some 1st grader who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar ('BUT MAHM, THEY WERE IN THERE TOO!').

    Its just an obvious trend. Too many times this season he's acted like the world owes him a favor. FYI, Ham - driving an F1 car and getting paid millions to do it IS a favor the world is giving you. Keep acting like a little brat and Whitmarsh & Co. will start looking for a respectable pair for Mr. Button.


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