Lewis backs down

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he can see the reasoning behind McLaren’s decision to bring him in for a second pitstop in Australia, despite it ultimately costing him a possible podium finish.

Although team-mate Jenson Button completed the race on the slick tyres he fitted at his early pitstop, Hamilton was called in for a second stop by the team while running in a podium position behind Button and Robert Kubica.

The stop left Hamilton to chase down drivers ahead who had made just a single stop and while he was able to close on to the rear of the battle for second place between Kubica, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, his hopes of a podium finish were ended by late contact with the Red Bull of Mark Webber.

Had Hamilton completed just a single stop, the Briton may well have helped McLaren to a 1-2 finish but he said that he understood the reasoning behind the team’s decision to call him in for a second stop.

“I’m very proud of the job I did in Australia,” he said. “The team has explained to me their reasoning behind the second pitstop, and I can understand what they were trying to do in trying to cover both Mark [Webber] and Nico [Rosberg] for later in the race.

“We are still learning about this year’s tyres and the degradation, and perhaps we over-estimated the wear that the frontrunners were expecting to suffer. It’s something you learn from, and we’ll use that knowledge to help us improve throughout this season.

“But yeah, my race was awesome. I really enjoyed it. I drove one of the hardest races I’ve ever done. I think it was a very clean race – I had some fantastic battles, made some passes and showed good pace. It’s the sort of race I love.”

Despite Button’s first victory for the team – a win he said was thoroughly deserved after a faultless drive – Hamilton added that McLaren still has work to improve the one-lap pace of the MP4-25 which has impressed more during the two races to date than in qualifying.

“In both Bahrain and Australia we’ve felt more comfortable with our race pace than the pace we showed in qualifying,” he said. “While that’s encouraging, it’s become clear that we need to improve our qualifying pace if we’re to have a regular shot at winning races: it’s all very well being quick in the race, but if you can’t make up places from your grid position, then your race is still going to be a struggle.

“We can take home the positives: our car is fast, much faster than it was this time last year, and it seems to be reliable, now we need to work on single-lap pace – and the sooner the better.

“While we feel relatively confident in our reliability, the key over the next couple of races will be to improve our performance to enable both Jenson and I to take home some big points and move closer to the top of the championship tables. I’ll really be pushing for that over the next couple of weeks.”

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well just cant get enough of him cant you?
move on for gods sake, he did not win anything last sunday. so whats all the talk about?

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@ trololo man. THe reason he didnt win anything this weekend is because of the extra pit stop. This isnt a fasination of Lewis this is a glimse into the eality of team judgements and the big part they play in the outcomes of the races. So although Lewis has agreed that his teams decision was ultimately right in public im pretty sure he doesnt feel like that in private

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dont really care to be honest. its the result that counts at the end of the day. i have spoken. hau.

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@ trololo man: stfu
@ MB10: you’re right, however, it isn’t the only reason, it is the main reason., but Webber deciding to smash him off the road was hardly helpful.

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well button at least makes his own decisions…

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trololo man I actually know who you are, for the record for everyone here you are a loser.

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Ok, lewis didn;t win but we made a great race…in years. Button was ok and we got the gold home. overall, it was a great race…

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i am sure he is sick to bits. and i am glad. he deserves everything that happens to him. dont you think?

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Hamilton and Alonso show a true racing spirit. And Alonso even show that he has respect over Massa to.

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What we will never know is how his tyres would have performed if they hadn’t changed them. Given the way Button drives and saves his tyres and the fact Lewis couldn’t get passed Alonso it is hard to see LH beating JB in this race.

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You have all those mechanics who work their socks off to have a driver a competive car. Then they give it to him and all he does is complain.

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But I don’t blame poor Lewis. He was possibly robbed of a probable 3rd or 2nd place. If he had looked after his tires, then Lewis could have been rewarded his efforts with a podium.

That’s racing I suppose… but sorry Lewis, we feel for you.

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i tihnk its clear mclaren have lsot interest in lewis and have diverted everything to jenson lewis is a good driver and still a very young driver think how far he can come in time

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The reason he didn’t win anything was because he got shunted, what’s so good about him is that right until that happened it was entirely possible that he could take Alonso and potentially Massa to wind up on the podium. The pit stop was a mistake as it turned out but at the time it could have been a masterstroke, just didn’t work out that way. IMO he needed the new tyres to be able to fight through the pack anyways and the only reason he didn’t have tight control when he caught up with the Ferrari’s was aero. As it turned out it was just bad luck that stopped him at least getting 5th, I’m not going to slag off Webber because he also drove really well in an intense race. Kudos to all, can’t wait for Malaysia.

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Jenson did well – he may have had fortune on his side, but he deserved the win after a solid drive. Lewis drove well but I’m so tired of his attitude.

His very public “row” with the team was hardly magnanimous – he has such sulky tantrums and mood swings I’d swear “Aunt Irma” was visiting him. He may be a good racing driver but there’s nothing sporting about his behaviour. Perhaps he should stop spreading rumours, and generally acting like a spanner (read tool!) and leave F1 to the gentleman – If that fails maybe he should try his hand at football? His character seems far more fitting.

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Personally I like seeing drivers that have actual emotions, you know, like human beings–not the corporate automatons that spew the same management-speak race after race.

Exuberance while winning and rage when losing is more fun to watch, not the same polite smile and guarded comments over and over again.

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hammie has always been a whinger. when he wins its him, but when he loses its about the team. while he is definitely a good driver, his attitude stinks. the first mistake of the weekend was not getting into Q3. what is more telling is that button chose when to pit for new tyres, whereas hamilton is told where to pit. says a lot about mclarens faith in hamiltons decision making skills.
ps did anyone notice how he never apologised to kimi for nerfing him in canada 2008, whereas he is glad that webber apologised for the same in australia 2010. crybaby.

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i remember that now. i bet he did not have balls big enough then to admit it, or it was intentional. either way, not sportsman like behavior than as well. its all coming back to him now.

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The thing is Hamilton is bad on tires. An obvious fact to anyone who watches him race. He chews them up faster than most on the grid. I think that is the very reason why McLaren had little choice but to bring him in for a new set. If left out on that set he would have, most likely, binned it in the gravel under heavy breaking.

McLaren probably said he simply sucks at managing tires and diplomatically pointed that out to him in private rather than be all Hamilton-esque and tactlessly air it over the radio like the petulant child he is.

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wow, so much hate for Hamilton.

I’m glad I’m one of the ones who can appreciate what I see when he’s racing.

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“USF1FAN said… Wednesday March 31, 2010 at 2:42 am
Personally I like seeing drivers that have actual emotions, you know, like human beings–not the corporate automatons that spew the same management-speak race after race.
Exuberance while winning and rage when losing is more fun to watch, not the same polite smile and guarded comments over and over again.”

Too true!!! Is any one old enough to remember Mansell punching out another driver, or before then James Hunt and that poor race marshall???

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oh the love of the golden boy is giving me diabetes here… when will you people wake up and realise that YES he is a damn good driver, but he’s NOT the freakin Messiah that the gloryhunter fans make him out to be. This weekend he let offtrack incidents which HE caused affect his ONTRACK performance and led to him being very unprofessional, complaining to the team on a publicy broadcast radio system when he should have left that til after the race in private. Also his assertion that he had the ‘drive of his life’ and that he ‘deserved more’ just smacks of him being a spoilt kid, which is what I thought when he was put straight into a top car rather than earning it like every other driver in history had to. So he won in his first year, not such a big deal when you’re in the best car straight away…

We’ll see how you all react to seeing Schumacher drunk, oh that’s right he got hated on, same when he did some speeding… so that makes people defending Lewis here hypocrites, right? I mean you’ll defend him, then complain when someone else does exactly the same thing…

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I don’t know how you can say how the ‘offtrack incidents’ affected him, especially with what he produced on Sunday. Yes it was embarrassing, but seriously, he probably took a private helicopter to where he was staying instead. So yes, it bothered him, until the tow truck disappeared then he laughed it off.

And really, Hamilton has never been the ‘golden boy’, there’s always been people trying to knock him down for reasons I can’t quite fathom, as pretty much every subjective criticism has an objective fact to prove it wrong.

A ‘spoilt kid’? even in the post-race interview, when he didn’t know why he was brought in, where the team probably cost him a podium, he quite clearly stated ‘the team does a fantastic job’. I have never seen him not thank or show appreciation for ‘the team’, which is not always perfect remember, whatever the result.

F1 isn’t a sport for casual fans, it’s too complicated; people should stop following it through newspapers.

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I think Button fits in a lot better than anyone thought ( him and the team included )and it almost appears at the moment that Hamilton is the number 2. I don’t think he is coping with it very well, and i would expect to see more outbursts from him, causing Button to become more and more confident, and getting the good points finishes and wins as a result.

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No. 23Podge 90 said “Hamilton has never been the ‘golden boy’, there’s always been people trying to knock him down for reasons I can’t quite fathom”… Did you watch coverage in 2007 and 2008 on ITV…They didn’t cover the rest of the field apart from the odd interview with Button. It drove me mad. James Allen was completely biased. I remember one race where he said “and it’s a great start from Hamilton” That’s when the 2 Ferraris just drove by him. I nearly stopped watching F1 because of this…Not to mention Steve Ryder and Mark Blundell…They always knocked Kimi because they didn’t like him…

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