Chinese GP: roll on Brazil

You don’t feel sorry for someone like Lewis Hamilton exactly, not with the salary he’s on, the talent he’s got and the Pussycat Doll he’s, er, courting, but before yesterday’s Chinese GP I was feeling, well, a little sympathetic at the very least.

Last week, the media was reporting a whole stream of anti-Lewis invective from the likes of Robert Kubica, Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli and Flavio Briatore.

Flav dissed our man’s lack of experience and suggested that he was ‘no Muhammad Ali’. Funny, I’ve interviewed Lewis on three separate occasions and I don’t recall him ever claiming actually to be Ali. He merely holds him up as an inspirational figure. Which, to be fair, he is for millions of sports fans worldwide, including ones like me who don’t even watch boxing very often.

As for Trulli and Webber moaning about Lewis’s ‘aggressive’ driving style, well look guys, you’re racing drivers for God’s sake, it’s what you’re meant to do! No-one ever won a race without putting their big, brass balls on the line from time to time, and if forcing your opponent wide is what you have to do, then it’s what you bloody well do. It’s what we want to see too, and most of the time Lewis makes it stick.

It’s surely not coincidental that the two drivers whose comments were most widely reported – Trulli and Webber – are the two drivers whose often epic qualifying performances never translate into race wins. (Trulli has won once; Webber has yet to manage it.) Rather than slagging Lewis off, perhaps they might like to watch a replay of what he does. They might even learn something.

So what if Lewis is a bit cocky? He has every right to be. Nevertheless, Sunday’s otherwise dull race was one long, majestic two-fingered salute to Flav, Trulli, Alonso and everyone else who’s been having a pop. Pole, fastest lap, win: ‘screw yous’ don’t come much more poetically emphatic than that.

Bottom line is, like Senna and to a slightly lesser extent Schumacher, Lewis has got the opposition so rattled that they’re having to resort to bitching and moaning about his ability to do what many of them seem to have trouble doing: not just racing, but winning.

China demonstrated that not only can Lewis beat them on-track, he can win the psychological battle too. Just like Ayrton and Michael used to.

Roll on Brazil. And roll on the first British world champion since 1996.

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ThenAgain –

Judging by your spelling and punctuation I’m guessing that English isn’t your first language. I’m also gussing that you really don’t understand the English mentality.

If and when Lewis does become world champion you will find that the English press will turn against him and print all sorts of derogatory articles. The English public will then follow the lead of the press leaving poor old Lewis without his ticker-tape parade through London.

I think I remember the Damon Hill fan club having more German members than British, goes to show how we treat our ‘sporting heroes’..

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Lewis is a top lad doing a tough job whilst under the worlds Microscope.
You lot ‘slagging him off’….give it a rest.
Imagine doing your job with everyone else having an opinion on what you’ve just done or are about to do.
He is world class and even if he fluffs the world title this year….he will be back.

He British, super talented and thats why he goes into the final GP in the Number 1 spot…..because he is the best.

So all you anti Lewis bloggers can get lost.
Who ever wins Brazil ….it doesn’t really matter…..I’ll still enjoy the occasion

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Lewis really sucks.

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Liam said :
Lewis is in a Mclaren seat because HE approached Ron Dennis when he was only Knee high and has DOMINATED every singe racing season he has competed in since – HE DESERVED THAT SEAT.
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I second that. He deserved it.
Even before.. there’s no such good thing and excitement from McLaren Team back 3 years ago until Hamilton appear.

Who ever won Brazil … I dont care much.. for me, hamilton’s still a winner after all this thing happen.

Im waiting for Kubica and BMW Team for 2009 to make FIA more uncomfortable because their loved Ferrari really in ‘red’.

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You don’t win races ever without aggression. The entire principle of racing is aggressive. To win by beating your opponents.
Lewis has aggression in spades, and while his performane in Japan may have seen it get the better of him, China was a controlled demonstration of harnessed aggression applied exectly correctly.
You missed off fastest practise time.
The look on Massas face at the end was a peach! And Raikonnen cracking up in the press conference said it all: Even after he slowed right up Massa could barley creak past him.

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What a load of tosh this article is. Typically British rubbish about Hamilton. So what if he’s cocky? Why should people support someone who comes across as an arrogant toerag who seems to think he is ‘above’ everyone else?

And if complaining about aggressive tactics is sour grapes, considering that the last two (marshalling) fatalities in F1 came from high speed collisions in braking zones, then get a life and get a new job. Saves us from reading the drivel.

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You compare Hamilton with Senna and/or Schumacher??? you sir don’t know S**T about F1……Hamilton is not regular, neither is Massa, they are both rubbish drivers with the best cars….They keep losing points. I can assure you Schumacher or Senna with the McLaren this season would have already taken the championship. And now, do as you always do, and delete my comment.

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And honestly, British fans are the ones that should really stop B***CHING about Alonso and the time he spent in hell..I mean McLaren. Don’t forget that whatever Hamilton does or wins in Brazil, Alonso has done it twice.

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Actually a lot of his success Hamilton owes for coming to F1 straight into a top team, not to the back of the grid. If he would have been in some midfield team, he would be struggling for something like 3rd to 6th place, nothing more… It’s certainly too early to compare him to Schumacher or Senna. Hamilton has still a lot to prove, before we could say anything about he being the next Schumi or something like that. Remember Jaques Villeneuve, he also came to F1 straight to Williams, which was then a real top team. Villeneuve won 11 GP’s in his first two seasons, 1996 and 1997, even more than Hamilton has won in his first two seasons. In 1997 he also won championship title. But what happened after that? He didn’t win a single race anymore.

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I honestly don’t understand what’s the deal with Lewis and all of Britain backing him, like Villeneuve was much better than Lewis. What he did with Webber at Monza is not ‘aggressive’ driving style it is dangerous you get black flag for stuff like that. And last year he was racing McLaren-Ferrari every point he got was stolen from Ferrari.

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Jeez you folks must be the only nation that doesn’t like winning!

English complaining about a fellow countryman thinking he’s ‘above everyone’ – that’s just ironic.

Do ya think that all this might just be the littlist bit of baiting from the media… just maybe?

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F1 is becoming pathetic. It’s rapidly going down hill. Too many of the drivers whinge and whine when they get firmly overtaken, because they briefly touched…it’s racing!!!! And technically it’s a fight to be ahead of as many people as you can, so you should expect some tussling for position. If no-one was allowed to fight within reason, then they might as well finish in qualifying order driving single file for 50 or 60 laps.

Another problem I have with F1, even though I couldn’t live without it, is stewards, the FIA. There basically erm BIASED and have one intention in mind…for McLaren never to win the title against Ferrari EVER! It is so blatantly obvious now that it must be embarrassing for them. So many unfair and title ruining penalties have been dished out to fix the championship in place. I will however change my view slightly if McLaren and Hamilton somehow win this title.

I wish it was how it used to be back in the 80’s and early 90’s where it was racing and the stewards very rarely intervened.

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Look, whoever wins the Championship this year, lets just hope that someone gives Alonso a good hiding anyway, he deserves it, infact I would pay just to see that alone, LOL.

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i don’t dislike proper ferrari fans, its the idiots who were over the moon when schumi retired (fair enough that was a boring seven seasons) but its the way they think lewis will be as good and as boring as schumi and then automatically hate him

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Finally after ages Brits have a person ( Lewis ) to look upto :)

Kinda feel sorry for them :)

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Didn’t bother reading any of the comments above because…well…I don’t care. Anyways…my point is that when Shumacher did something agressive, or contreversial the media…and if i’m not wrong…the british media and people in it would moan about it repeatedly. Yet now that Lewis does something he is admired. Even for his cockiness. Heres one thing Senna and Shumacher didn’t have. The outward cockiness. Sure they might reply with performances on track but they never did talk about it in a cocky way such as Lewis does. Anyways I’m sure whoever turns out to be champion will have deserved it.

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… and when Schumacher drove anyone off the track he was a hero and did not get punished as Lewis has been. I hate Schumacher and Ferrari because they think F1 is theirs and theirs alone.

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I wonder how much Ferrari paid the FIA to be biased towards them……..

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Mattias said that Ayrton decided long before the race start to take Prost out of the race?! he didn’t!!! It was Balestri’s fault!!! on that weekend, before the qualifying, the drivers and the managers agreed that the pole position would be positioned outside the first corner, which was close to the start line, so the outside had an advantage, Senna qualified on the pole position, and Balestri himself told not to change the position of the Pole, so Senna would take off on a worst position than Prost, he wouldn’t be able to reach the apex of the corner, so he said that he would go for the first place on the first corner, and he did!! The same happened the year before, when Prost took Senna out, but Senna returned to the pit, changed the front wing, went back to track, won the race, and Balestri punished him for “cutting a chicane” and he lost the championship. Years after Senna’s death, Balestri said that in that year, he took Senna’s championship out.

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