Hamilton: Webber “in my blind spot”

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Lewis Hamilton held back from blaming Mark Webber for the collision which put him out of the Singapore Grand Prix.

Speaking after the race he said:

He was in my blind spot, I didn’t even know he was still there.

I don’t know I’ll have to look at the video replay. Honestly I don’t even know what happened. I didn’t see anyone alongside me and the next thing I know my tyre’s blown and that’s it.
Lewis Hamilton

Having failed to score in three of the last four races, Hamilton has fallen to third in the championship.

Asked if he felt he could still win it he said:

I think its a tough call. There’s still four races to go but I couldn’t have expected a worse two races at this crucial point in the year.

I’ll do my best but hopefully either me or Jenson can do it.
Lewis Hamilton

Webber was able to finish the race despite the damage to his front-right wheel, and the stewards decided no penalty was in order.

Speaking in the press conference he compared the collision to Hamilton’s contact with Massa at Monza two weeks ago:

The contact was similar to what he had in Monza with Felipe. It could have easily been my front tyre that was damaged.
Mark Webber

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    100 comments on “Hamilton: Webber “in my blind spot””

    1. I really thought Hamilton had found legitimate space into the corner and was past, Webber could and should have braked to avoid the collision, so I think a penalty was due.

      Now ask whether Hamilton was wise to go for the position, especially against Webber. Probably not. But the way I see it, Button’s caution depends on just much as luck (counting on other drivers failing) as Hamilton’s risk-taking to secure extra points. Fact is McLaren are now uncompetitive versus RBR and Ferrari (Alonso) and there’s just no way all the other 3 drivers are going to luck out enough (or crash enough) to let either Button or Ham take the championship without the latter pushing over the limit.

      1. HAM was clearly ahead of him, but he expected too much respect from Webber after passing him.

        1. As a Hamilton fan, it does not feel nice but i have to shift my focus to 2011 – this one is over. If McLaren can develop a decent car they have the drivers to win the 2011 championships.

      2. “Now ask whether Hamilton was wise to go for the position, especially against Webber. Probably not.”
        No, but was there any way Lewis wasn’t going to try to pass him? Knowing Lewis he was always going to go for that gap, and if he’d pulled it off it would have been one of the moves of the season. But lady luck isn’t on his side right now is she?

        1. That’s a big IF. IF he was successful, no doubt it would have been great, but it was still a risky manoeuvre. Risky as in what could have happened actually happened. What I don’t get is why people are complaining that he’s out of the race. Webber’s not at fault… if anything, it’s Hamilton’s aggressive overtaking, which carried that risk.

          I don’t understand how Hamilton could say Webber was in his “blind spot”. Blind spot? He just overtook two cars, one being Webber which is not particularly slow… did he expect them to slow down after that overtake?

          1. Get into a single sitter and you will get a very good understanding of what blind spot is.

            Hamilton was coming from a 45 degree angle into the corner, Webber was virtually perpendicular to the corner when they hit.

            Also the same reason why back markers find it difficult seeing cars on the lead lap. The mirrors have plenty of blind spots and also very limited view.

          2. Hamilton did nothing wrong, it was his chance of overtaking Webber, being aided by the safety car and the traffic. He was ahead of Webber when taking the turn, there shouldnt have been such a big IF with that manouvre.I would say Webber is to blame, but…..well, in the end i guess it can be called just a racing incident. On the other hand, later Kubica did the exact same manouvre, actually he was further behind the Force India in the turn and he didn’t get knocked out of the track.

            1. Hamilton did plenty wrong and he knows by talking about ‘blind spots’. It’s an admittance that he closed the door on Webber when he wasn’t sufficiently ahead.

              He should take a lesson from Kubica on how to overtake cleanly on that corner. The Pole took a wide line and used the curb on the outside whereas Hamilton tried to cut across early.

            2. I think it’s more of a case of Webber taking a lesson from Sutil. And….the comment about ‘blind spots’ being used by Lewis to cover up a mistake is just absurd.

            3. It’s the same situation as with Vettel in Turkey: Webber gave room but held his line and now it’s up to the other driver overtaking to make it stick without running into him.

              Neither Vettel nor Hamilton did that.

            4. But of course Hamilton is a superhuman who doesn’t make mistakes.

            5. Hey common, i didn’t say he’s Superhuman, in Monza for example it was clearly his mistake. But in this scenario, like i said, i think he didn’t do anything wrong.

            6. AK – Maybe you could take Lewis’ seat in the next race and show him how to do it.

              Typical view of an HH. Why dont you have an open mind? And comparing him to Kubica OTs today is ridiculous. He had fresh tyres and a faster car. Whereas the Mclaren is not as quick as the RBR.

              Engage brain before typing!

          3. I completely agree! I think Hamilton’s driver style is just too aggressive to the current fragile F1 cars. He has frequently been very lucky and got away with it quite a few times already this year. He is always touching someone or been touched. That happened in Silverstone (he causes Vettel the puncture) and many other races this year.
            Now that his luck has gone, he is just paying for it, as we saw in Monza and now.Sorry for the Hamilton’s fans but that’s the true.

            1. Hamilton needs to get in a Ferrari. They seem to hold up quite well to a couple tussles on track usually.

            2. In reality to be honest I was not thinking about a Ferrari. I was thinking more about a truck racing machine!

    2. Quite a measured response.
      His body language on the walk back to the garage was quite obvious.
      It was a racing incident, but I expect the comments section to light up with angry rantings from Hamilton fans.

      1. Maybe. But I’ve already some F1 journalists here in Brazil who are definitely not Hamilton fans saying they thought Webber was to blame and should have been penalized.

    3. Hamilton onboard:

      >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBNHaNUpJ3E

      Does anyone have an onboard shot from Webber’s viewpoint? I didn’t see one during the live race coverage (at least, not up to the actual collision).

      1. Haha, forget that last question – I didn’t initially notice the Webber onboard at the end of the same video clip!

      2. The video shows Hamilton *passes* Webber on the straight, completely. He then brakes fine for the corner (i.e. he wasn’t outbraking himself into it with the overtake) – his mistake is probably giving Webber *too much* room and not forcing him to brake earlier and keeping him behind.

        1. Which makes it a racing incident. Nice move, both had a chance to succeed in the corner.

          1. Yeah, on balance you’re probably right.

            1. Webber was never going to make that corner without hitting Hamilton, the Webber onboard shows that clearly.

    4. I’m a hamilton fan and all i can say is:

      Aryton Senna:”If you no longer go for a gap that exists…
      You are no longer a racing driver.

      1. Agree. Hamilton is the most aggressive and best overtaking driver in F1 today. The closest to Senna ever. That’s why he lost so many points in the last few races but he is still there, less than a win’s difference from the leader and he is surely not out.

      2. Perhaps hammy interpreted that as “If you can’t go for a gap that exists, go for a non existent one”

        1. Except the gap did exist since he was able to get alongside and ahead going into the corner. So don’t twist Senna’s words against a fast, exciting young driver who got unlucky.

          1. 99 times out of 100 it would of been a clean pass, but not today and that’s what counts. Hamilton was completely ahead at one point and 3/4 ahead in the corner. Webber braked extremely late no to concede the pace, even if Hamilton had gone a bit wider I still think Webber would of hit him, Webber wasn’t going to make that corner that fast and tight. Having said that I don’t blame Webber, he took a chance it paid off.

            1. PS always a risk on the outside overtake

          2. Luck had nothing to do with it, it was misjudgement and arrogance (and rather Senna-like in style) on Hamilton’s part. Like Senna in 91 alongside Mansell, Hamilton is learning a salutary lesson.

            There was no “gap”, Webber had the inside racing line and Hamilton pulled alongside but was not a car length ahead when he turned into Webber (do check the footage).
            What of Hamilton’s “blind side” comment, where did he expect Webber to be?

            1. If there was no gap, how was Hamilton in front of him?

              Look, really, this was so obviously a racing incident, it’s depressing reading people taking sides over it just because they’ve decided they like one driver more than another.

            2. Amen Keith. It was simply a racing incident.

            3. Amen to that Keith, thank you and amen to Lewis (or any driver) in going for that gap and that gap being vigorously defended. This is racing and it’s fantastic.

              Unlucky Lewis – next pass will be a blinder :)

            4. Keith, mostly LH fans tend to suspend objectivity when their boy is being criticised and I understand that, it’s perfectly natural, but it doesn’t make them right.

              However if there is the time take another look on the YouTube footage before Bernie takes it down and should you be able to identify clear air between Webber/Hamilton which could justify Hamilton turning in on Webber (who was legitimately on the racing line), then I’ll happily perform a Mea culpa.

              The least Hamilton should have done is to give Webber sufficient room, I suspect had the rolls been reversed in respect of who DNF (i.e. Webber out, Hamilton continues to 4th) Hamilton would have been penalised by the stewards.

              The “racing incident” judgement, in the circumstances was purely politic. Finally, it was Webber’s rear left tyre that was damaged in the incident, how was that if it was Webber’s right side that was struck by Hamilton?

    5. The stewards made the correct decision. Very much a racing incident – Hamilton could have left more room, but Webber could have been a bit more cautious. Also take into account the two types of drivers they are: Hamilton is a very aggressive overtaker and Webber has always been aggressive in his on track demeanour. Neither were going to simply yield, especially with so much at stake.

    6. Such a pity for Hamilton.

      A very difficult accident to discuss, who was wrong? Hamilton couldn’t do anything to avoid it I think, Webber could have braked a little bit earlier. But as with all of this accidents, it all happens so quick especially when you’re behind the steering wheel of an F1 car.

      I hope Webber didn’t grab the championship with this “racing” accident.

    7. I think that was the right decision from the stewarts. This was just a racing incident, nothing bad or unsportsmanlike (?) from Webber…
      I am sure Hamilton can bounce back from down there. And to be honest, Button is not gonna snatch this championship that way. OK the car wasn’t as good as the 2 up front (obvious), but look at the start ! He overtook Hamilton completely, but somehow gave him 3rd place back…

    8. It was almost exactly the same as Hamilton/Massa at Monza, except this time Hamilton is in the Massa situation. He was rightly blamed there and took responsibility.

      It was a racing incident, but it was a racing incident that Hamilton couldn’t do much about, and wasn’t to blame for.

    9. I dont think Webber had any room to do anything other than what he did. Its not like he could have braked any quicker than whats possible. Lewis gambled and it didnt pay off.

      IMO Lewis was at fault more than Webber, because 1) lewis was the one over-taking and 2) he could not see Webber, and turned in too much, giving Webber nowhere else to go.

      1. You can’t blame a driver for an accident because he is the one who overtakes. And if you would do that, then Webber was the guy at fault. Hamilton were ahead into the corner. Webber therefore was overtaking Hamilton to get his position back.
        And if he couldn’t see Webber how can that be his fault? that is the mirrors on his car that is not good enough, or the rules that allows the drivers too little rear view.
        Webber could have avoided it by breaking earlier, then Hamilton would have been ahead but there would have been no accident.
        I don’t know if there should have been given a penalty or not, but i think that Hamilton were innocent in this incident.

        1. Itz a sad thing. He did the same with vettel. He cudve given vettel room and let vettel pass. He didnt, they both crashed n missed out on RBR 1-2. This time too. webber didnt move out of the way n Lewis had to pay the price.

          1. One thing Webber has to take into account: live by the sword, die by the sword. If he’s in a fight with Alonso for the title at the end, he can’t complain if those he’s taken out this year do the same to him – in a racing incident. Hamilton swallowed this clash where he wasn’t to blame with a fair amount of discretion. Somehow can’t imagine Webber doing the same.

          2. I don’t see how this and the incident in Turkey had anything to do with each other. In Turkey Webber was being overtaken, here Webber tried to overtake. Webber took a very risky move on Hamilton to recapture his position and Hamilton didn’t see him and closed the door in the face of Webber when he had nowhere to go except into Hamilton.

          3. It wouldn’t be a race if everyone just moved aside when someone attempts to overtake.

    10. I hope this won’t deter Hamilton from future such moves…

      Hats off to his bravery

      1. End of the road. Lewis and his fans have left the building.

        1. You couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve bought season tickets for every event Lewis Hamilton will be participating in forever!

    11. Two wrongs don’t make a right (or a left! *groan*).

      Webber went in but was too hot for the inside line and was committed before Lewis turned in.

      Hamilton didn’t need to turn in so early, slowly and sharply on that corner.

      Text-book racing incident in which both drivers were pushing too hard and both become unstuck. 50/50.

      Slight difference when comparing it to the Massa incident at Monza in that in Italy, Hamilton was aiming for a gap that wasn’t there while in this case the gap was there but Hamilton closed it pre-maturely. If Hamilton was a little further ahead here, as Massa was at Monza, Webber would have to take the blame for that mingle. He was very lucky to continue on as it was.

      Still – at least Webber seems to have used up all his bad luck over the past few years.

      1. Agreed. Well said. COTD :D

      2. Agree foocode. Nice comment. So glad there wasn’t a penalty for racing.

    12. A racing incident, plain and simple. Hamilton had had a great run on Webber, and would have thought he was well past him. However, leading in to the turn in, Webber was in Hamilton’s blind spot. There is no way he would have been able to see him.

      Webber had done well to have remained up inside Hamilton, and while he perhaps should have yielded, he’s a Grand Prix driver… he is paid to compete, and to win. So all in all, a racing incident. Pity it’ll cost Hamilton the championship. :(

    13. Racing incident. Again.

      And IMHO, Hamilton should learn from RK. He did the same thing without crashing.

      Still believe LH is far too impulsive, should be more mature. Even SV proved today overtaking was not worth the risk. Man, learn from Button…

      1. To be fair, Kubica was so much faster the cars weren’t challenging him that much. I’m sure if they wanted to risk what little points they had and push him similar could have happened.

      2. The lesson related to the RK incident is that Webber should learn fron Sutil.

        1. And Sutil lost a position, so I guess Webber will feel that he did the best thing …

    14. I’d argue the opposite on this occasion – Hamilton couldn’t see Webber when braking / turning in, but Webber could see Hamilton.

      I think a racing incident was the right decision, but I wouldn’t put any of the blame on Hamilton for the end result.

    15. I blame the McLaren team for leaving him too long outside after it was obvious (even Martin Brundle saw it coming)that Webber was catching up fast!!

      The McLaren team seems to always make every race double difficult for LH :-( Remember they told him to have a go at Webber on restart!! While Jenson can easily cruise around.

      1. Yes, that remains odd – what were they hoping for once they were both actually slower than Webber? They should have stopped right that lap, ie. at least two, three laps earlier, trying to keep Webber in sight at least. Puzzling.

        And it would have forced Alonso and Vettel to react earlier too, and there seems little doubt that Vettel could follow closer with the hard tires, so maybe then we wouldn’t have had to wait until the very last lap for them to have a real fight for the lead.

        I hope McLaren can do better next races, I want them in the WDC and WCC fight until the end please (after all, Ferrari is pretty far behind still with WCC, so w/o McLaren, Red Bull will win it easily).

        1. Mclaren seems to love to push their drivers. Like last race with the tyre strategy with Button. This race too, I dunno why they waited for 3 extra laps while the tires kept degrading to call in for the pits. In fact they shldve called one of the 2 Mclarenz inside n did the exact gamble RBR did.

      2. In the BBC coverage, Button WAS told to hurry up twice…he just couldn’t do anything about Webber……As for the MW/LH incident…MW could see LH was past, he knew he’d hit him, and I think he was ever so lucky to get away with it.

    16. Webber should have had a penalty. Yes, it’s racing, but Hamilton was ahead and turning in and it was Webber’s choice to keep on going and hit Hamilton. He’s entitled to race but it turned out it was too hard not to hit someone else.

      1. Actually having seen an onboard from Webber it was closer than I assumed. Obviously the stewards had that footage to and it’s why they chose not inflict punishment.

    17. Im sure Webber, whilst in the lead of the world championship thought to himself, yea i reckon my front wheel will hold up against the back of hams car… im sure he chose to have an accident that could have jsut as easily put him out of the race…*please note sarcasm

    18. It was a stupid impatient move by Lewis that was not necessary, especially when there was so much at stake. He was attempting to overtake a car on the outside while he was on cold tyres so he was never going to be able to outbreak webber who had the inside line and tyres that were up to race pace. From the outside line Lewis was either going to brake early and hit turn into webber or brake late and overcook the corner.

      To claim that you didn’t see or know the car that you were trying to overtake was there is plain rediculous, where else was it going to be? For future reference, when a car is in your “blind Spot”, ask yourself where that actually is. (Hint-its not in front of you and its not behind you)

      1. I reckon their tyres were both coolish as they were both behind a safety car ?

        And it is probably ridiculous to expect a driver to anticipate another driver not braking behind out of his blind spot ? I think Alonso and Vettel were right when they hinted that fanboys and the press, place ridiculous and stupid expectations on drivers.

        Overtaking=good…smashing in to the back of another car=bad.

      2. Exactly. Couldn’t agree more.

        I believe LH today reacted just the way he did back in Japan’08. He should have matured by now.

        BTW, It’s pretty obvious MW could not have disappeared, the laws of physics still apply.

        To be honest, it was disappointing. Again.

    19. I must agree this time that there was equal chance of a puncture for WEB instead of HAM. But what annoys me the most is remembering what happened in Melbourne. How far can this go? One day one too-big-word-to-call-a-driver hits BUT while trying to overtake and eliminates him from race. One day earlier on another guy hits HAM at the back. And once again! Isn’t it too much from those superskilled RBR drivers?

      I cannot even remember any other high-profile team hitting another one for 3 times in a season in clearly unnecessary situations. That is why people are angry and not because this kind of accident couldn’t happen for anyone else…

      1. Melbourne (almost 6 months ago…) was Webber careering into the back of Hamilton’s car, an incident which he acknowledged was his fault, and probably should have been penalised for. The other incident was Seb and Button and has no relevance to this crash at all.

        This incident was two guys racing into a tight corner while not fully anticipating the lines the other driver was going to take into the corner (Webber assumed Lewis was running wider, Lewis assumed he had cleared Webber). Why would Lewis only leave a width slightly wider than a wheel width between him and the chicane otherwise? Had Lewis run a little bit wider he probably would have been re-passed. Had Webber run right over the curb on the inside he may held his position, but would have had to give it up for using the chicane. I can understand why both of them did what they did, and were the positions reversed I think it would have played out very similarly.

    20. I wondered if as Whitmarsh and Dennis witnessed yet another Alonso masterclass, the thought “If only” crossed their minds?

      I suspect that as they watched yet another Hamilton debacle, they cast their minds back to 2007 and wondered what could have been.

      1. Dont kid yourself, Hamilton is 25, Alonso is 29, almost 30…if McLaren get their head out of their asses and actually develop a car which is the class of the field, expect Lewis to win many a WDC…

        1. Ahhhh, how old is Webber or was Schumacher before he retired. Lots of years left to deny the “young guns” and leave them withering on the vine.

          In 2007 when all and sundry were prophesying LH’s domination of F1 and surpassing Schumacher’s record, one could ask whatever happened?

          I wrote in the Telegraph (though a guardian reader) blog that for various reasons Hamilton would be fortunate to manage the one title. I stand by that.

          Furthermore, other then the eighties, McLaren appear to have a 10-year cycle so not even history supports your assertion, however I admire your stoicism.

        2. Unfortuntately, McLaren lost their Ferrari spy

          1. Didn’t seem to hurt them in 2008. Or this year, for that matter – which of the two teams has won more races so far?

            1. McLaren usually have a couple of good years every 10-years, they’ve had two in 07/08 and they failed to really capitalise on either, (ignoring the other antics which occurred off track).

              But would you put money on them in 2010?

              No, not unless you’re a hard core gambling man and then you’d want long odds, the question is will they win another WDC/WCC in the foreseeable future, bear in mind it’s not where you start it’s where you finish that matters.

    21. Watching the incident, it seemed that Hamilton made a fantastic move around Webber, but left him way too much space to get the inside line into the next corner, instead of closing him out. Webber took the inside line and was well onto the inside curb when Hamilton cut back. Had Hamilton either closed him out earlier or simply given Webber enough room around the corner, there would have been no collision. It was a racing incident and it happens.

      1. Hamilton was ahead and on the racing line and actually took the corner wider than usual. Webber – though he had no room to retake the position – decided to be his hard-headed self and bulldoze his way through the corner. That’s why he was WAY over the kerbing.

    22. I’m not a Hamilton fan, but I felt terrible for him. After seeing the replays a few times from a number of angles it was definitely just an unfortunate racing incident. I think it was probably about 60% Hamilton’s fault, 40% Webber’s.

    23. I was thinking how Hamilton was so unlucky in the last two races. When he was behind Massa their colision took only him out of the race. When he was in front of Webber their colision also took only him out of the race.

    24. Difficult call. I think Hamilton made a similar error to the one Vettel made when overtaking Webber in Turkey – closing the door before the pass had been fully completed. Lewis had the corner to think about as well so it’s more understandable; if we accept his line about the blind spot then it’s pretty clear this was a racing incident and nothing more.

      Maybe Hamilton underestimated Webber, imagining that Mark might want to go conservative given the championship situation.

    25. Watching the Webber’s on-board footage, there was no way he was going to make that without crashing into Hamilton – he was just very stubborn – reminded me of when Massa took Hamilton out at Fuji in ’08.

      He knows Hamilton is going to turn into the corner, he can see him three quarters of a car ahead, and he keeps his foot in to await the consequences.

      I honestly cannot believe that so many people, including the main man, think this to be ‘so obviously’ a racing incident, but then I think I must have my biased Hamilton hat on then I guess. I mean, I must be on those crazy pills again.

    26. Lewis made a great passing maneuver on Webber which was the highlight of the race for me, but to see Webber try to force his way back into that gap which wasn’t and hit Lewis rear wheel and not receive any damage that would dissolve his race was my biggest letdown of the race.
      in my view (and i like both of these drivers) Webber had been passed but come back over aggressively and luck was on his side both could have been so easily been out of the race, but Webber managed to carry on, it made the incident look like it was Lewis fault when it was really a fantastic bit of driving from Hamilton and should have been the highlight of the race.

    27. To be honest if I was Webber and/or Hamilton in that situation the first thing I would have done is gone down to the Virgin garage and slapped whoever that was in the Virgin.

      I know they have their own race going on, but when its at this point of the season and they’re at least one lap down no one really cares about them. For one of them to still be ahead of Webber that far after the restart is pretty rude.

      1. Well said, Hamish! I uttered a few well chosen expletives at the Virgin car onscreen that earned me a scolding from my wife. This was an excellent piece of opportunism from Hamilton, and an excellent piece of no-you-don’t from Webber. Pity two cars can’t share the same piece of racetrack is all. :D

        What a pleasure it is to have so many polarising drivers on the grid at the same time! We now have Hamilton Haters, the old Anti-Schumi’s are back, there’s a fast-growing Vettel Hate Club brewing (I’m currently a trial member), and the Alonso Hate Crew, mainly made up of the British Hamilton Defence Squad. What an amazing change in attitude in only 4 seasons! I distinctly remember praying that something would happen to spice the sport up after years of red cars in front on crappy grooved tyres. From reading most of the comments above, maybe some people need to appreciate how close this sport came to being ho-hum, and learn to appreciate those you hate for who they are….

      2. If we’re not going to have a rule letting lapped cars unlap themselves, why don’t we have one that forces them to yield in a SC period, except before and after the scene of the accident? In another situation there could have been a nasty crash involving those backmarkers.

        1. Absolutly, but that would have to be carefully managed on a position by position basis, at Singapore I don’t think was deployed for long enough.

          Probably better to bite on the bullet and return to cars uncapping themselves.

          1. Or unlapping as the case may be!

    28. i’m an hamilton fan since he entered the F1. there are 3 things that the hamilton fan should know;

      1. McLaren have failed to provide a better car for hamilton. they also failed to guide a good racing strategy for hamilton neither in pit lane stop, tyres choice and others.

      2. when hamilton got hit by MW, the whole world can see how happy the ferrari dan Red bulls man cheering the accident. They shouted happily when hamilton is out of races. Something is not right here. is there more hate then the sport spirit.

      3. i thought hamilton have learned enough regarding his last accident with massa in monza. i was wrong & as a big fan of him, i was very dissapointed with his driving attitude in this Singapore GP. we all know he was aggresive driver but what he should fully understand that his MCLaren car doesn’t have the speed on Singapore. Hamilton should be more carefull and passion. Collecting points are more inportant right now.

      1. when hamilton got hit by MW, the whole world can see how happy the ferrari dan Red bulls man cheering the accident. They shouted happily when hamilton is out of races. Something is not right here. is there more hate then the sport spirit.

        In sport people cheer if the person/team they support does well and if their rivals don’t.

        Even in GP2 the other week, Pastor Maldonado’s mechanics cheered when Sergio Perez ran into trouble. Fact of life.

        Let’s not start the ‘holier than thou’ rubbish. Plenty of people at Silverstone this year booed Alonso.

        1. I think it is more a testimonial as how Hamilton is feared as an opponent than pure hatred or anything else.

    29. Whenever Webber gets overtaken around the outside, he’s always going to try and outbrake the driver on the inside. He did it to Button in Abu Dhabi last year and Hamilton in Melbourne at turn 3 this year. Sometimes it doesn’t always work out but thats why I like Mark, he never gives up his position.

    30. There is still 1220 km to go before someone is crowned the WC so there is every possibility for anyone of the top 5 to become champion as they are just covered by 25 points.

      I will say it was 60:50 Webber, Hamilton could have left Webber some room & Webber could have backed off but if he have done that then Webber could have passed him easily & he won’t be able to get his third place, nice to see that Steward didn’t took this matter seriously as a penalty to Webber would have been the worst thing of the race.

      1. 60/50 = 110% total ;)

        But definitely an incident that both drivers could have played a part in avoiding. It just so happened that Lady Luck was shining on Webber and not Hamilton last night.

    31. About the Webber Hamilton incident, my take on it is :
      – Had Hamilton not tried the pass or let Webber through, he wouldn’t be worthy of being a world champion
      – Had Webber not tried to defend like he did, he wouldn’t be worthy of being a world champion.

      I loved the attempt, felt bad for Hamilton, just bad luck. Webber tossed the coin by hitting Hamilton, and it ended on the right side for him. Good for him.

      1. I agree. It was tough racing by two racers putting it all on the line.

    32. i hope I don’t get my head bitten off for this but I think Webber wanted the contact and it worked for him.

      He saw an opp against a rival how many people wouldn’t do same?

      And yes I am a Hamilton fan but I also have a great respect for Webber aswell

      1. yes, hamilton also did it on kimi when he crashed into the back of him in the PITLANE instead of kubica.

        1. Ok thanks for that norm

    33. Just thinking out loud here : but what an outrage it would have been had it been Hamilton underbraking and hitting Webber and putting him out of contention for the WDC.

    34. Why did Hamilton have to stop if his tyre was only flat? couldn’t he have made it back to the pits?

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