Monza: Hamilton gets the party started

Lewis HamiltonNo prizes for guessing what prompted the biggest cheer of day from the tens of thousands of Italian fans gathered trackside at Monza.

Yep, Lewis Hamilton’s spin on the final lap sent the huge crowd around Della Roggia into raptures, the world champion punting his McLaren off the tarmac through Lesmo to allow Ferrari’s Raikkonen to take the final podium spot.

The Italian faithful didn’t have much to cheer over the previous 52 laps, with new boy Fisichella failing to make headway into the point-scoring positions and Raikkonen, though quick enough to keep up the pressure on the front runners, never quite looking like challenging for the lead.

But Hamilton’s big off – particularly inexplicable as he was surely too far behind second-placed Jenson Button to possibly pass the Brawn driver before the end of the race – finally sparked a full-scale party amongst the tifosi, who had already been cheered by the sight of the two Toyotas getting each other in a proper tangle. What’s the Italian for schadenfreude?

“He [Lewis] had a purple sector in the first score of that last lap and he was trying to catch Jenson,” McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh told the BBC after the race. “That’s what makes him the great racing driver that he is.”

Whitmarsh may be putting on a brave public face, but how much of a (how to put this politely?) dressing down is Lewis going to get once the cameras are switched off?

It was a frankly daft error from the Brit that, though unlikely to make much difference to the world championship standings come the end of the season, doesn’t do much to enhance his reputation as a shrewd, mature racer.

Is it this sort of mistake that stands between Lewis and the true greats – the Sennas and the Schumachers? No, I don’t mean Ralf. When Schumacher pushed his car to and beyond its boundaries, it was always a calculated risk – could you imagine the German spinning out on the last lap with no realistic chance of gaining a place?

And, just as a side note, does anyone else think that Vettel’s lowly finish today has actually made Jenson Button’s championship charge just a little more difficult?

With the Red Bull driver effectively out of the running from the drivers’ title, it’s a head-to-head between Jenson and Rubens, so Brawn won’t have to worry about playing favourite with their two drivers to make sure of securing the championship. Is that a little cynical?

At least it’s the Singapore night race up next. Surely nothing underhand or dodgy could possibly happen there… could it?

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I agree with the sentiment of “Go for it and to hell with the consequences” – what Lewis did was right and is what racing and competitiveness is all about. No one wants a gentlemans club of boring predictable race finish order decided 5 laps from the finish. And high speed accidents happen, if he hadnt crashed you would all be saying what a brilliant attempt he made today.

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People here seem to think that it was well done by Lewis to push hard on the last lap. To be honest there was no chance in hell that he was going to catch Button with only a mile left in the race. I wonder why people are so keen on kissing this guys ass?

If Lewis would have been that close to Jenson five laps earlier, then I would agree that it was right to go as fast as possible.

Overall i think Lewis´ all in-attitude is great to watch. For example last year in Monza when he simply pushed people off the track to overtake. However i think the same attitude sometimes holds him back, as seen yesterday.

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Lewis drove his best as ever, he was comiteded to the last second of the race and gave it 100% as always. if anything this makes me think hes an even better driver.

Even though there probaly was no chance he could overtake Jenson he wanted to give a go anyway.

p.s 28. were not “kissing this guys ass” were whats called His Fans!

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Also arnt people forgeting throughout the race he set 6 or 7 fastest laps every single one doing better than his own previous fastest lap most of the time with heavely graining rear tyres!!
He a Legend!!

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of this lewis nonsense he is not even in top 6 of the standings so he well-really is nothing this year. even felipe massa has 22 points to his 27, what a sap.

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@30 fastest laps don’t give any points, he was the lightest on the grid [hence the pole] and the Brawns were just as fast towards the end of each stint but they got their cars home. Heavily graining tyres is a sign that either the car is not so kind on the tyres or that he has no idea how to preserve the tyres to last long enough. [Remember when he got stuck in the gravel on his way to the pits a few years ago?]
Being half way through the last lap with a solid 3rd place and still pushing shows a lack of experience.

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to post 28, i agree with the ass kissing. its what the whole of Britain do to every one of their young ‘talent’ no matter what their quality level, to post 30, Schumacher is a legend for being as good as he was, he earned that over time. Valentino Rossi is a legend for being so good and consistent and winning so much, just like Schumacher. Hamilton has done none of this, he is not a legend. British will disagree with me, almost the whole rest of the world will agree with me.

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hmm

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@#17 ; I think he shakes his legs there to be sure everything is still attached and working after a heavy front-end impact. I’m no Lewis fanboy but trying hard to the last second beats giving up.

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stig stig brother stigs brother hamilton is the stig stig is the hamilton no stig s.cks a.. and every body who says stig or anything abot stig god i am getting stigged just stop it please!!!

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Hamilton is a useless driver,that he ever became champ is a travesty, i doubt he’ll ever get that lucky again

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Someone in the Army said to me once.

“THERE IS ONLY ONE THING HARDER THAN CARRYING ON. GIVING UP”

I think that says it all.

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i felt really sorry for him crashing on the last lap i was gutted. a one stop was clearly the way to go though.

unlucky

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son you shall go to bed now

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i think lewis is over rated, from everybody racing these days only alonso has what it takes to be a legend, he is going to do what shumi did 5 consecutive titles,..

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I do wish that people who use phrases like “useless driver” (post No. 37) would back up their comments with some well documented examples, instead of showing their ignorance. Constructive criticism is one thing, but comments such as that are, quite frankly, pointless.

As for “ass kissing” (what a revolting offensive phrase, for which I daren’t use the English for ass, because it might be censored), yes being English/British, I do support our guys in what few sports I take an interest in, but I’m not blind to their possible lack of talent to reach the very top. I cheer when they win, and commiserate when they lose. I certainly don’t lose any sleep over their defeats (unless it happens to involve The Ashes.)

Hamilton is a very good driver, but I suspect that many people are against him because they view the confidence he demonstrates in his abilities as arrogance. It’s their loss, not his.

As for who is likely to come out on top by the end of the season; provided Button can hold his nerve, then he is the one with the points advantage. He merely needs to ensure that he finishes ahead of Barrichello for a couple of races to off-load the pressure onto his team-mate.

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It’s great to see a driver pushing that hard on the last lap, normally they’ll have given up by then. Now, be honest, if you were in an F1 car and were just behind another one, would you push like mad to get past at all costs? Thought so.

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Anybody against Hamilton is an arrogant s**t cake.
poor hamilton

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I would Ben Ashcroft, if I was ‘just behind’. But Hamilton wasn’t, and had no chance except if Button came off the road, in which case he would have got him anyway. There is calculated risk, when you can gain a lot or lose a lot, and reckless risk, when you have nothing to gain and a lot to lose. Hamilton took a reckless risk, there is nothing particularly admirable in that.

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Well he was only about a second behind with KERS wasn’t he Tom? And what did he have to lose?

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And what did he have to lose?

Credibility and millions of pounds for mr whitmarshes piggy bank to spend on his own challenge next year !!!!!

He blew it ! big time and everyone can see that!
No wonder nicole dumped him !
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Compared to lap times Brawns were fast enough to keep Hamilton away. Remind that KERS is not endless source of power – once you pushed the button you have to load it.
And kers is not much of an advantage in the corners.

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lewis hamilton is just like jack villeneuve a one hit wonder

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