Another win for Lewis – is it now Hamilton v Alonso for the title?

Well that, surely, was the prelude to the rest of this season; it’s Alonso vs McLaren for the title. Alonso pretty much out there on his own, McLaren surely now have to decide to use Jenson Button to help Lewis Hamilton win the title.

The McLaren is faster than the Ferrari and Button can stop Alonso scoring, just as he would surely have knocked him off the podium had his McLaren not let him down again today. Lewis’s win takes a chunk out of Alonso’s lead. More than ever Alonso needs a good wing man. Someone like Sergio Perez maybe.

The Mexican was sensational today, starting tenth and finishing within sight of Hamilton. Why-oh-why did Ferrari dither way back and not sign Perez from Monaco onwards? I suspect they are thinking the same right now. The contracts wouldn’t have been a problem. We are talking about Ferrari. Massa’s best race of the year saw him finish fourth, but he still doesn’t look anywhere near his team-mate.

It’s not won yet, but it’s possible now to see Hamilton racing behind the number one next year — and that can only make him worth even more gazillions of dollars to Mercedes or indeed to McLaren. Gosh, someone, somewhere has had some fun calling McLaren’s poker face in the last week or so.

Still, a quality problem for McLaren and Lewis. Over at Red Bull (remember them?) there will be a lot a faces buried in hands. The team hasn’t had a result as bad as that in well over two years, neither car finishing and, especially galling for the reigning world champion, a drive through penalty before the retirement. We’ve got the Sky on now and we are awaiting an especially pouty Sebastian Vettel. Webber meanwhile will be struggling to find his ‘no worries mate…” mode.

And Mercedes? Well, we just don’t know. Michael Schumacher only just failed to overhaul Kimi Raikkonen for fifth after yet another drive which just seemed to start well, go nowhere then end well. We are starting to wonder whether Mercedes’ real problem is that neither of its drivers is the real deal; Michael not as good as he was, Nico not as good as we want them to be.

Small wonder they’ve decided they need someone like Lewis Hamilton. Today’s result won’t have made it any easier for Lewis to make his mind up.

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With such a season, how can you say “surely” twice in the first paragraph? ;) Don’t count Vettel out just yet.
Ferrari might need to change their driver, but I do wish they change their mindset and team philosophy too… I can’t imagine what it would be like to have your own team telling you “look after your tyres, Fernando’s is behind you.” Shame.

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Well I guess Alonso is very close to winning the title. Hamilton isn’t that far off, neither is Vettel and Raikkonen. McLaren looked particularly stronger than RedBull and Lotus lately, which leaves Hamilton with the best chance of challenging Alonso.
But then, you never know, different races have different ‘stronger’ teams this season. And the coming races are very different from the races we have seen recently in Europe. Asia, Middle East, India, South America,… We could be in for some surprises. Mercedes was very strong in China, Mclaren was nowhere in Bahrain where Lotus was very strong. So we will see.
I disagree on the Mercedes issue. I believe it’s pretty much a car problem than drivers not being good enough. The car is unpredictable. We all saw what Nico was capable of early this year. Even in this race, he set the fastest lap multiple times. But boy did he struggle in his first stint. It wasn’t until his first pitstop that he got things straightened up.
Schumacher had a great start but I believe he was let down by the 2-stop strategy, which none of the top-5 drivers used. Had he been in a Lotus, he could have chosen to stop once and finish 4th. But the Mercedes is very harsh on the tyres and the team didn’t have a choice but to stop twice. I don’t think Hamilton can do much if he’s provided this particular Mercedes. Both Schumacher and Rosberg are winners. I think if given a Mclaren, they would both be favorites for the title.
Anyway, amazing job by Perez. Ferrari should totally sign him. And I think Vettel should find a manufacturer team by 2014.

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Funny fact:
Entire Podium was rammed by Grosjean In Spa,
Frech tw@t
Lewis FTW!!

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Such a shame with Jenson’s car, McLaren was driving so well. I hope that his car won’t have more break-downs. I’d really like to see McLaren winning the Constructor’s Championship, and a McLaren driver as the World Champion…
Superb driving from Perez, he deserved his second place. Fantastic driving by Alonso too, though I don’t like him.

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Thrilling race. Flawless race from Hamilton, kudos to Team Perez for a well thought out strategy but I think Alonso is the man, he honestly is the epitome of what a perfect F1 pilot and leader especially driving for the most renowned and passionate auto manufacturer.

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Yes! Hamilton back with a chance of winning the title. Red bull, once again have reliability problems. Button should now be used to help hamilton win the title, buttons hopes are disappering after that retirement.

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Hamilton won’t win the championship this year, not if the Fernando’s Internantional Assistance have anything to do with it . Look what happened to the last guy who tried to get close…

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Why on earth would Lewis go to Mercedes? Or rather, why would the rumour be spread that he’s on his way there? Right… There’s even a figure mentioned. Some bluff is as see-through as glass.
I still think the drivethrough for Vettel was intended to help Alonso save face. Vettel was always going to drift outwards, even I could predict that. So Alonso certainly did. Played like a true Italian politician. Thank god for puppy Perez to set things right, kudos.
Otherwise a boring race, as nearly always on Monza.

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It’d be foolish to count Red Bull out yet, especially with the season so far. Vettel ran an excellent race in Spa last week, and he’s effectively no farther behind Alonso than Hamilton or the Iceman

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Good race overall, enjoyed it very much indeed.
Lewis Hamilton on Top Form, is a brillant racing
driver.
just needed to sort, out both his professional
and personal life.

Perez great drive too, unlucky Schuy had a Kers
problem early on. a solid sixth low.
Alonso is sneaky, despite all his mechanic problems
he get third place.

that why he is, The Great Fernado.

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I wish everyone would realize that the only reason that masa is still at Ferrari is because of who his manager is… Nicolas Todt. Having the son of the President of the FIA, who also used to work at Ferrari, is the card that no one sees Ferrari holding. Look at it from an outside POV: Get rid of Schumacher, keep Massa; get rid of Kimi 1 year after winning world title, keep Massa. There is quite literally no other reason to keep the guy on top of his terrible results year after year. Then add in Ferraris famously ruthless fire and hire scheme for people with 1 mistake on there record…

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Come on Ferrari is at least as quick as the McLaren (Lewis’s own words).
Too early to talk about a Alonso and Hamilton’ s fight to the title there is still along way to go and Red Bull can still catch them.
Mercedes ‘s problems are not driver related, they are just not as fast as the fromt runners.
Finally i agree that Ferrari should have signed Perez early on.

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How can you say Michael is not as good as he was? He had a strong race, with a less than exemplary car. The Lotus is generally a better complied package but Schumy fought to almost have Kimi at the last corner. Give him a proper machine and he’ll fight for wins! Pole position at Monaco in a Merc remember …..?

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@acein the hole:correction, kimi went 2 years after winning his world title. Hamilton won in 2008.

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I do not know who will win the world but the best driver is… Fernando Alonso

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Kimi and Lotus are still in the Championship, Hopefully Lotus will take at least one Championship,over all Lotus have been brilliant they should win soon. Mercedes problem is the car, it was great but now it is very bad and is also disastrously inconsistent. The W03 is bad on tires, and is not very well balanced when going through certain corners those are the main problems with it, Shumacher and Rosberg have driven as well as they possibly could have with the car that they have only 3 races out of the 13 Shumahcher&Rosberg have under performed. The WO3 is a bit like the 2009 Toyota that had two podiums followed by 13,14 positions and then another podium, you never no what is going to happen with those kind of cars.

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Still can’t understand why Alonso didn’t get a drive through for an unsafe release! Can it ever be safe to have a car release straight into the path of another even if you can get them in side by side and duke it out all the way down a crowded pit lane. No No No. Ah but it’s the darling of the pit lane Mr Alonso. No penalty… Drive on

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Everyone is ignoring the elephant in the room, jeez am I tired of Ferrari insulting it’s fans, again, Massa had to give his place to Alonso, let them bloody race, or can’t Alonso do that?? Ferrari screwed Massa over a few years ago when he was going to win a race exactly one year on from nearly being killed and then told “Alonso is faster than you”, what a farking joke!

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Aaaand… Top Gear is at it again.

To still say that Schumacher (and Rosberg) are not good drivers is to ignore the facts that their car is just not good enough. Mind, the Merc has its strengths, but overall is not a good package. In the right car, both Rosberg and Schumacher even more could content for the championship.

I also don’t like this continous Massa bashing. Massa is finally getting his act together again and has driven really well in the last races. True, he is no Alonso. Only few drivers can claim to be close to Alonso this year. But he is no rookie and shouldn’t be treated as such.

Anyway, great race from Hamilton, Perez, Alonso and, yes, Massa. Schumi made the best of his crappy car. I’d really like to see him back in a Ferrari, alternatively Lotus or Sauber.

BTW, why, oh why would Lewis go to Mercedes? Their car is not competitive, they probably have less money then McLaren… I just don’t get it. To be honest, let them switch Schumi and Ham! First time since his comeback that Schumacher would have a competitive car! Well, it’s not going to happen, but one can dream…

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Oh, I forgot… Kimi is stealthily sneeking closer and closer. He is doing a phenomenal job right now. I wouldn’t count him out just yet. If not this year, then surely next year he might be prime championship material.

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Alonso is just too good… even that Ferrari is behind McLaren, RedBull and Lotus his still on top. Leading by nearly 40 points of margin enve though the last two races he has lost points for issues that are not in his hands. On Spa it was Grosjean. On Monza, he had a piece broken in his har on the Q3. If not he would’ve won the race. Best driver in the last 10 years without a doubt

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alonso-n1,learn how to spell dude. i do agree with you though

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