Brit GP: DC steps down

The Thursday press conference is usually something to be got through on the day you arrive at a Grand Prix. Three drivers are selected by the FIA and they must appear on pain of receiving a large fine. Most of them reflect the obligation in their disinterested replies. Today was different; the three Brits appeared.


The occasion assuming an immediate poignancy as David Coulthard announced, with great dignity and sincerity, his intention to retire at the end of the season. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton spoke with genuine affection about their elder colleague and his 13 GP wins, two of them here at Silverstone. When asked about good memories, Button and Hamilton both mentioned an occasion in Sardinia but neither would elaborate further in public, DC adding to the sense of intrigue by saying he could actually remember very little about the night in question.

The subject moved on to Hamilton having claimed – foolishly as it would turn out – that he is fitter than Button. ‘I had to say that because Jenson probably believes he is fitter than me. That’s the way we are,’ joked Hamilton. Button, having been previously made aware of Hamilton’s statement, was clearly waiting for this moment and sprung a carefully laid trap.

In the event of being lumbered with a car that has occasionally has difficulty in getting out of its own way, Button has been keeping his competitive juices sharp by taking part in triathlons, a punishing combination of swimming, cycling and running. Button immediately challenged Hamilton to join him the City of Bath Triathlon on 27 July, with the loser giving £10,000 to charity.

Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. Lewis hesitated at first but, clearly, the racer in him wanted to accept the challenge. With pressure from the audience, orchestrated by Jenson, Hamilton eventually agreed. As Lewis explained later to BBC Radio 5 Live, the hesitation was because he knew the decision could not be his alone but ‘when it comes to something like this, bring it on!’

Not half an hour later, his manager (aka his father, Anthony) issued a brief statement.

‘Lewis accepted the challenge like the good sport he is, and in the spirit with which he accepts things. But unfortunately for Lewis we are withdrawing him from this. We are in the middle of the championship, and
that is the focus of our attention.’

I join in the general disappointment – how must the Bath organisers feel?! – but, in my view, I agree with the reasoning. It was also the correct decision to nail it on the head straightaway. What do you think?

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Lewis’ manager is a wimp. On the other hand, LH REALLY needs to be focused some more, though, i hope he shows some real driving this weekend rather than just talking how he will.

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Its because he know he would lose and become more unpopular with the media!!!!

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He’s not likely to get injured and judging from Lewis’ mentality lately you get the feeling that the Championship is the last thing on his mind. Driving like a complete muppet.

But then it’s easy to switch off when your Swiss account has that many zeroes I guess.

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i think avoiding the event and the probable embarrassment it might cause is a very good move! I’m not saying that hamilton isn’t fit, because he undoubtedly is however Jenson has done this before!

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I bet if P Diddy invited him he’d have gone. I love Lewis’ driving, but to not hold his hands up more honestly for the pitlane crash (witness Murray handling the press after the Nadal hammering at Wimbledon) and his subsequent whinging about his treatment leaves a slightly corporate-orientated boring air to his otherwise excellent media persona. He should have had the guts to say no straight away or make the withdrawal announcement himself.

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No “Sex, breakfast of champions” button for Loisa Hamilton!
The guy is no fun. We really need a new James Hunt in F1.

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Kinda disappointing how Lewis has been shooting off his mouth lately. It’s costing him his focus, and that makes me, as a big Lewis fan, pretty sad.

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Maybe he should just give the £10,000 pounds to charity as he has had to withdraw which I understand. I think Jenson had a nice touch there with a charitable bet

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People use to say Raikkonen needed to focus more…and he entered and won a 24hr Snowmobile Endurance race under the team name James Hunt, and still won the championship the same year.

Let Lewis have some fun. If hes good enough he’ll win the championship anyway. “Always the bridesmaid…”

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Bad news that DC is leaving after 13 grand prix victories and after 14 years in f1. I’m a big fan of Lewis Hamilton and it’s bad news that the oldest man on the grid is leaving.

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Last but not least we dont know who is going to replace DC next year.

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I reckon he really did want to compete in the Triathlon, but saw the dropping faces of the people higher up in the team and had to re-think and decline. I think it would have been a good event though !

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I am not LH biggest fans tbh but i feel he is getting a hard time at moment considering he has only made a couple of small mistakes this season.
The stopping in the pit lane what a joke.
Oh and i should add jenson in the sister merc would walk all over lewis in any conditions.
Shame about DC.

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This fitness scenario just re-iterates the point that Hamilton Jr. still has alot of growing up to do; he may think hes knows it all but he doesn’t. Good job Jensen, hopefully with Brawn on their team Honda will show Mclaren how it’s done in a few years.

Pity about DC, no more over optimistic overtaking manouvers to spice up a grand prix that’s just shy of the falling asleep point.

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It’ll be Vettel!

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DC gone the SCOTTISH greatGone sad day for F1

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When will hamilton learn to keep his big, arrogant mouth shut and stop drawing attention to himself. It was clear that he would never have done it so why put himself in that situation and firstly declare e is fitter than Jenson (which he clearly isnt) and then accept the challenge.

I will be very sad to see DC go at the end of the year, been a huge fan of him for years and it will symbolise the end of an era because just think – the Schumachers are gone, Jean todt is gone, Barrichello will go – all the oldies are moving out and more and more rookies are coming.

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Fair play to DC for lasting so long in a highly competitive field. The anvil-jawed scottish legend will be a presensce sorely missed from the pitlane, i’m sure.

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Sorry to see DC go,he was a rightous dude,I hope Button get’s a good car next year he deserves better..

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DC will be missed, but wasn’t it considerate of him to announce his retirement just in time for the latest issue of Sniff Petrol?! :)

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rigid sway buddy. yearning to get more from your side :)

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