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Hamilton not concerned by Mercedes decline

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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he is not concerned Mercedes have failed to score since he announced he will drive for them next year.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Hamilton: no regret about Mercedes move (The Telegraph)

“I’m very happy with the decision I made. What is happening to them doesn’t have any impact on that.”

Hamilton a ‘big loss’ says Button (BBC)

“The team loses a very fast driver, a guy that’s achieved a lot with the team – the last guy to win a world championship for the team. It’s a big loss but things change and you learn to move on and adapt.”

Button: India shows F1 needs tyre thrills (Autosport)

“I think it’s more enjoyable when you have more stops, because there’s more overtaking, more fights, different people on different strategies. I think for the viewer it’s better when there’s more degradation.”

Alonso scoffs at rift reports (Sky)

“‘It was a very nice intention from the Italian media. It was quite creative to be honest,’ Alonso told reporters in the Abu Dhabi paddock when quizzed about the reports. ‘I think now or later I will speak with him to understand a little bit better how it became this imagination.'”

Abu Dhabi GP – Alonso: “We know how to fight to the end” (Ferrari)

“We are not thinking about the race here in 2010 when we lost the championship: we want to win the championship at the last race this year in Brazil. Thanks to KERS and DRS we should not have a repeat of the situation in 2010 that lost me the title when I was stuck for too long behind another car. In the last two years we have seen that these elements have produced exciting racing with plenty of overtaking.”

Christian Horner revels in Red Bull’s mastery of F1 constructors’ race (The Guardian)

“It is uncomfortable [for some people] the success that Sebastian has had and uncomfortable for some the success that Red Bull has had. That’s not our fault.”

Webber all but concedes F1 championship (The Age)

“I think it’s pretty much toast. But, you know, I want to still finish the year with the best results possible.”

Q&A – Nico Hulkenberg on his Sauber future (F1)

“I have to thank Force India, and especially [team boss] Vijay [Mallya] for picking me up after 2010, giving me a chance again and putting trust in me. For this reason I want to repay them. So for me there is no doubt that I am committed to Force India for the three remaining races of this season. What happens next year is a totally different story, but as for this year I am totally focused on my job here and nothing has changed for me in this respect.”

Paul di Resta hoping for change of fortune at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (The Independent)

“I can pretty much guarantee we will have something different in Abu Dhabi because we understood what the problem is.”

Drivers and designer sing praises of Yas (Gulf News)

Hermann Tilke: “??We?ve designed some 65 tracks, around 15 of which are F1 circuits. I cannot choose one over the other because every track is like a child to me. All I can say is that Yas is one of the best in the world and everyone involved can be immensely proud of it. It?s something unique that you can?t find anywhere else in the world.”

Motor racing-Formula One IPO unlikely before 2014 – Ecclestone (Reuters)

“I think we ought to forget about it for next year. In my opinion we ought to (forget about 2013). I should think by 2014 the world will have sorted itself out a little bit better.”

Yas Marina Pitlane (Lotus) by Rico Penteado (Photosynth)

John Cooper Fitch, Glamorous Racer With a Flair for Danger, Dies at 95 (The New York Times)

“Eva Peron, the legendary Evita, kissed him after he won the 1951 Grand Prix of Argentina. His friend George Barker, the poet, described him as ‘a tall Jack with the sun on his wrist and a sky stuffed up his sleeve.’ Mr Fitch, a lanky, graceful man who died on Monday at 95, put it more simply: ‘I?ve always needed to go fast.'”

Lunch with John Fitch (Motorsport)

“We wore pressure suits to inflate over our thighs and stomachs to stop us blacking out in the high-G turns, plus all the oxygen and radio, and I couldn?t unhook all these things. The plane was going down fast and I just barely got out ?ǣ the tailplane hit me as I came out, and broke my arm ?ǣ and as I got loose the chute opened and then, bang, the plane hit the ground.”

Human edges out robot car on race track (BBC)

“A race between a robot car and a human has ended with a win for the humans – but only just.”


Comment of the day

@TommyB89 can’t choose between title contenders Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso:

Both deserve it.

Alonso has been brilliant this season no doubt and so has Vettel even though people won?t admit it.

Yes he won the races when his car was the best, but to win four in a row isn?t easy. People think it?s a walk in the park to win with that Red Bull but if it was then Webber couldn?t have been 9th, 11th, 2nd and 3rd in the races that Vettel won.

People forget that Vettel had to get the results before the car was ??dominant?? and drives like Spa (11th to 2nd) aren?t mentioned at all. Even Valencia, he was unstoppable that weekend and lost an easy 25 points, so I don?t get how people can say he?s lucky to be leading the title now.

Even so, there is no doubt Alonso is the star of the season. Two championships doesn?t do that guy justice.

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  • 61 comments on “Hamilton not concerned by Mercedes decline”

    1. Alonso can scoff all he likes. As I said yesterday what is published in La Stampa is sanctioned if not leaked by Ferrari – as the Turin newspaper owners are from the same family. If it is in fact lies, then Fernando has even more searching questions to ask

      1. Or it’s psychological warfare – I find it to bemore that coincidence that Alonso supposedly lambasted Ferrari *after* Christian Horner said Red Bull needs three “perfect races” to end the season. Lulling them into a false sense of security by making them believe Ferrari is deeply-divided is exactly the sort of thing Ferrari would do.

        1. Could be – so long as Ferrari have something in their trousers that delivers, otherwise they could just appear silly playing games that mean nothing.

          1. If they think playing a game will get them an advantage even without an upgrade (though I do believe they have one for Abu Dhabi, one for Austin and one for Interlagos on the way), then they will play the game.

            1. @prisoner Don’t see how psychological games would make any difference to a professional outfit like Red Bull and give Ferrari and advantage. What will they do different even if they think Ferrari are in chaos?

              Are you suggesting this could be their response. Red Bull Team Meeting:

              Horner: Okay guys, Ferrari are all over the place, Seb you can take it easy in qualifying, even though the top 10 have been regularly covered by under 0.4s

              Chief Mechanic: Can we take it easy on pit stops too boss?

              Horner: No worries lads – Ferrari are a mess, they’ll probably have a row over who changes which wheel.

              Webber: So you can let me have fastest lap Seb, just for a change.

              Seb: No worries boys, time to celebrate – lets have some beers Saturday night for a change. Will make the champagne on Sunday afternoon even sweeter.

            2. This is just classic.

      2. Just because someone in the family owns a publication does not mean they are corrupt enough to order such a release. They are a very large family with many, many investments, probably numbering into the hundreds.

        I think you are making up silly conspiracy theories.

    2. I think Mercedes might do Hamilton very good.

      People say that he always had a winning car, but the truth is, he only fought for the championship until the very end twice, his first two years. For whatever reason, he couldn’t replicate that.

      Maybe at a new enviroment, he’ll be able to fly higher. They all need a challenge, after all. Schumacher left Benetton for Ferrari, Alonso left Renault for Mclaren and then Ferrari, and now Hamilton moves to Mercedes. I’d be surprised if Vettel stays where he is for his whole career.

      McLaren doesn’t mean inmediate sucess either… even if the possibilities of McLaren designing a faster car for 2013 are higher (I guess).

      1. Maybe. What Hamilton needs is less Hollywood and more racing. Perhaps his switch to Mercedes will do that, but probably not. I like how Vettel approaches his races, there’s no distractions, no high profile acquaintances in the pit box, no “not being in the bubble” when his family isn’t there, no talk about tattoos or earrings or whatever. He’s a pure racer and focuses on one thing only: Winning. Hamilton needs more of that; more focus, less Hollywood.

        1. good post

    3. Somebody, Bernie, Todt or other seems to have sent the teams a directive to praise the status quo. DRS, great, fast wearing tyres, fantastic, Yas Marina, sublime. We live in such wonderful F1 days.

      1. Its interesting to see how they chose both of the guys that set poles and won here to hail praise on the track. Would they have asked these guys (former) teammates, I am sure the answer would have looked quite differently (See Heikki’s quote atop Keiths article about what we can expect from the race this weekend!).

    4. Tonio Liuzzi wants to race in V8 Supercars if he cannot find a seat in Formula 1 next year.

      1. Drop Valencia!
        2nd November 2012, 3:33

        With the new “modern” cars, euro drivers could do well in v8 supercars….

        1. The problem is that they have no sponsorship. It’s very difficult to get a seat without sponsors, and a very risky proposition to take one on without them – just look at Alexander Premat’s performances for proof.

          That said, Liuzzi was doing quite well for himself at the Gold Coast before he was taken out, and he did very well in his first season of the Superstars Series. Perhaps his best shot would a seat at Nissan Motorsport/Kelly Racing.

        2. With the new modern Aussie $ exchange rate they could do even better.

          1. And that ^ , is one reason why certain stars suddenly seem interested in moving to Australia, eg. del Piero. The other is of course, stability and lifestyle. While it is probably more fun to live in Europe, the future suddenly doesnt look very bright there apart from a very small number of countries. Germany, UK .. only if you have a “good” job.

    5. Ah, Lewis. Why did you go to Mercedes again?

      With the pace of their current car, I’m afraid the WO4 can’t get much better. With such little rules & regulation changes until 2014, you need a good base to build a good car from.

    6. There seems to be a large black UFO in sky of the Yas Marina pit lane…

      1. No, Mulder, that’s just the hotel by the track.

        1. The funny thing about the Yas article is that nobody spoke about the circuit after the first three turns. You know something’s wrong, when the only praise you hear about a circuit is its stunning backdrop(twilight), facilities(state-of-the-art) and the first three turns. I think drivers like the track because it is one of the easiest on the calendar.

        2. :-) cheers Guys! Brought a wide smile to my face

    7. I agree 100% with Button about the tyres.

      And about Hamilton, he’ll end up like Jacques Villeneuve — someone who should have multiple championships but has only one due to dubious team choices (and off circuit distractions).

      1. Jacques Villeneuve was a substandard driver, one of the worst champions ever. He struggled to the title in ’97 in a clearly faster car. Jacques may have been quick, but pace in f1 is not everything. Jacques lacked temperament and was(and still is)known to shoot off his mouth.

        1. i think substandard is pretty harsh..
          have a look at the overtake on schumacher in estoril 1996, one of the best passes i have ever seen..
          nothing substandard about jacques, just made some bad career moves..

      2. I think he will end up like Montoya. NASCAR and big celebrity in US

    8. “It is uncomfortable [for some people] the success that Sebastian has had and uncomfortable for some the success that Red Bull has had. That’s not our fault.”

      Oh, where do I begin with this one?

      Let’s take Helmut Marko, for example. It is a widely-held opinion that he openly and ruthlessly favours Sebastian Vettel above all others, often to the detriment of their results and even their careers. He is quite possibly the most unpopular person in the wider fandom of Formula 1. Almost any and every decision that Marko makes is deeply criticised, be it complaining about a penalty that was well-deserved, or tearing a junior driver a new one for blocking in a Free Practice session.

      But no, it’s not Red Bull’s fault that people dislike Marko – and that by extension of that, they dislike the success that comes of him. It’s not Red Bull’s fault at all. They just employ the man to act on their behalf, so it’s not like they could actually do anything about Marko that might result in fans appreciating their success.

      This entire quote from Horner perfectly summarises why I dislike them as a team: their attitude is sometimes appalling in the extreme. He’s effectively saying “you don’t have to like our success; you just have to live with it”, which is arrogant to say the least. Call me crazy, but shouldn’t teams try working towards having fans actually like them? Because at this rate, I strongly suspect that by the time Red Bull leave Formula 1, history will remember them as one of the most unpopular teams in the sport’s history. But that’s not their problem, is it?

      1. I think Horner is simply saying that Red Bull are not going to apologise for their success. Which they shouldn’t, since that’s the name of the game.

        Red Bull do plenty to win over fans, including their frequent demos all over the world, their strong support of WSR and the biggest investment of any team in junior drivers.

        Of course, there will be people who will hate Red Bull no matter what they do. Your comment is perfect evidence of that. And since they’ll never win you over anyway, why should they care?

        1. @tdog

          Of course, there will be people who will hate Red Bull no matter what they do. Your comment is perfect evidence of that. And since they’ll never win you over anyway, why should they care?

          Oh, but they can.

          Before this year started, I was very much against Alonso and Ferrari. I had no particular love for either of them. But over the course of this season, my opinion of both has changed dramatically. And why? Because they took an uncompetitive car, rallied around Alonso, and have led the championship for most of the year because of it. That’s a sure-fire way to win me over.

          Red Bull can win my respect. They just have to change their attitude – stop flaunting the rules, stop abusing their young drivers, stop opposing cost-cutting regulations that would require them to open up their books and show just how much they are spending, stop with the aforementioned “you don’t have to like our success; you just have to live with it” rhetoric, and stop thumbing their noses at the fans with all of the above.

          1. So red bull should make an uncompetitive car and take it to places it shouldn’t be just to please you and others who hate them? Please…

          2. stop abusing their young drivers

            Haha that is funny. Because giving two drivers roughly 3 years of driving each, a time in which neither performed extraordinary yet they were kept there and given PLENTY of time to prove what they were made off. Seating time they were given based on their previous performance, and at no point down to who could bring more money. Oh yes, how horrible they are.. I get that they dropped them a little late in the year, but calling it abusive is way out of proportion.

            stop flaunting the rules

            That is the game. All designers would love to be able to bend the rules like Newey and his people does and get away with it on technicalities, but for some reason they aren’t able to. If they were good enough, they would all do it.
            Those guys want to make the best car, and working around the written rules is a key aspect in that process. Since the birth of F1 it has been like that, it still is, and it always will be.

          3. I agree with you @prisoner-monkeys, they do have this air of arrogance and entitlement about them, and by them I only mean Horner and Marko. The team have done a brilliant job, no doubt, but they are as likeable as a bully in school. I don’t think even Todt/Schumacher/Brawn were this annoying during their 6 year reign.

      2. Let me just state that I am no fan of Helmut Marko either, I’m not fond of the way he “appears” to operate. However the way you state your facts I am certain you must know him personally?

        Nowhere in Christian Horner’s interview does he even mention Marko so I do find it odd that you choose that one comment from Horner (which is a perfectly reasonable sentiment) to attack Helmut Marko and say that justifies your dislike of this team.

        Well, obviously. :/

        1. @merlo84 – Horner doesn’t need to mention Marko – the connection is indirect, but clear. This is what Horner said:

          “It is uncomfortable [for some people] the success that Sebastian has had and uncomfortable for some the success that Red Bull has had. That’s not our fault.”

          Helmut Marko is the head of the Young Driver Programme, and he is extremely influential within the team. He is tasked with finding the next generation of racing superstars, so therefore the decisions that he makes directly contribute to the success of the team.

          Now, Horner never makes clear what he means by “some of the success” that Red Bull has had – whether it is a reference to the fans’ view of Marko or some other facet of their success is unresolved. However, because Marko is responsible for some of the success that the team has, and because people vehemently oppose him, his role within the team fits the definition Horner has laid out.

          1. It fits that definition if you want it to.

            As you said Horner never makes it clear what he means. We can all suppose and fit our own agendas into his assertations if we want to.

            I am well aware what Helmut Marko’s role within the team is and some people’s view of him (including my own) however I think there are many, many factors Horner could be alluding to there.

            1. @merlo84 – I think you’re missing my point.

              What Horner is alluding to is not the point. The fact that he claims it’s not the team’s fault that people dislike them for their success is.

              Helmut Marko, in his role as director of the Young Driver Programme, is responsible for some degree of the success that the team experiences. Helmut Marko, in his approach to his task, has managed to alienate most of the fans with his bullying tactics. The team have done nothing to prevent this in the slightest – but they can.

              Therefore, if Red Bull is experiencing success as a result of Marko’s influence within the team, and if that success is the success that people are, in Horner’s own words, “uncomfortable” with, then it is the team’s fault.

              @tdog was correct when he pointed out that Horner is simply saying that Red Bull will not apologise for their success – the problem with that, however, is that they have done things that, by rights, they should apologise for.

              If you need more convincing, try telling Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi that the team doesn’t owe them an apology for their blatant mistreatment.

            2. @prisoner-monkeys

              If bringing them through a driver development programme, investing millions in their careers, and giving them a drive in the most prestigious and expensive motorsport in the world is what constitutes mistreatment, then you can mistreat me any day of the week.

              Yes, they were dropped rather unceremoniously when it turned out that neither of them were likely to become the next Vettel, despite both being reasonable peddlers in their own rights, but to try and say they were mistreated is a massive misrepresentation. They were given all the perks in the world and have achieved more thanks to Markko and Red Bull Racing than 99.99% of racing drivers will ever hope to.

            3. davidnotcoulthard
              2nd November 2012, 17:37

              How much succes is RBR getting from Helmut, then? I mean, Mark Webber made his debut with a Stoddart era “STR”,back when Marko didn’t have anything to do with the team, and DC was already Ron Dennis’ employee at the time, and Vettel isn’t something Marko has ever repeated. As for Klien and Doornbos…

      3. but shouldn’t teams try working towards having fans actually like them?

        Red Bull doesn’t seem to need fans. They just buy them.

      4. I think Horner has all this wrong. I don’t believe that teams, or any particular individuals in f1, are uncomfortable about RBs success per say, but they are uncomfortable about the technological advantage that they always seem to have. At least, that is what “I” would be uncomfortable about. And this is not RBs fault but rather it is the FIAs fault for their unclear rules which continue allow teams to bend and manipulate them.

    9. That article about the robotic car learning from the very best drivers is a really nice addition to the Roundup @keithcollantine, thanks for finding that one!

      1. Thanks for the comment BasCB, its made me read the article too. Very interesting. Nice to know we can still adapt better than machines can…for the time being!

    10. Thanks to KERS and DRS we should not have a repeat of the situation in 2010 that lost me the title when I was stuck for too long behind another car

      I’ve always believed that this is a pretty lame argument. Had Alonso had KERS and DRS available at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, then these gadgets would have been there for the whole 2010 season and changed a lot of other results, too. And DRS generally favours the quickest car on the grid, which Ferrari rarely was in 2010.

      1. Not only can DRS negate the need to reduce aero on the cars, it can also paper over the Ferrari race strategy cracks! Welcome to Formula One.

    11. Also lovely articles about Cooper Fitch, I never heard much about him before, but I am glad that at least now I did! RIP

    12. Drop Valencia!
      2nd November 2012, 8:06

      The robot car story is very interesting, I am surprised the autonomous unit is already progressing so quickly, robot drivers will likely surpass most humans in the next 50 years, it will be interesting to see when the machine can beat our best humans like Vettel/Alonso and co, and if they will ever be allowed to race in F1….

      1. Robot drivers will surpass in some fields, but not others.

        As alluded to in the article, they don’t have the built-in self-preservation factor that a human being naturally has, but then they cannot make irrational decisions either, something that a race driver naturally needs to do things like ‘exploit’ the eponymous ‘gap’.

        For example, a computer would theoretically have to analyse the road, the competitors and their actions to the nth degree and then make the correct decision, whereas Lewis Hamilton has proven you just need to ‘go for it’ whether it’s the right or wrong thing to do.

        1. Drop Valencia!
          2nd November 2012, 21:21

          They said a computer would never beat a slide rule either, it will be interesting to see when it happens, my bet is it will be in my lifetime, exciting, and a little depressing.

      2. it will be interesting to see when the machine can beat our best humans like Vettel/Alonso and co, and if they will ever be allowed to race in F1….

        When? – fairly soon. After all it is the human who programs the machine.
        Will the ever be allowed to race against humans? – I doubt it.

    13. anonymouscowar
      2nd November 2012, 10:55

      and how exactly does this not describe Hamilton ?

      I am a massive hammy fan but this is exactly his problem right now that he did not have in his first two years.

    14. Well said @tommyb89 ! I have reminded people of Spa a couple of times already. He was getting the best out of the car and continues to do so.

      Regarding the article about Hamilton to Mercedes; I don’t see that he has anything to worry about. The reason I say that is that Mercedes current form doesn’t surprise me. They’re nowhere near what they should be and only at the beginning of this year were their performances anything like what you would expect from one of the oldest and biggest manufacturers in the world. Hamilton will know all this but I guess he relishes the challenge…and a challenge it will be!

    15. I do not understand why people consistently see Lewis’s move to Mercedes as baffling.

      Imagine this – If you worked in a company, where you had become desperately unhappy, you felt constantly undermined by the boss, you felt the company had let you down many many times, which then led to frustration on your part, which resulted in you making stupid and rash mistakes, which then led to people blaming you for this mistakes. Then a new employee arrived, who knows how to play the office politics to a tee; and the boss loves him like a “son”. He gave him favourable strategies to make him look good, whilst leaving you to deliver your own results. This the leads to further alienation on your part, resulting in more frustration, and subsequently more mistakes, rash judgements and more villification from people.
      You can’t see any career prospects in the job, the boss refuses to promote you, but rather finds a way to undermine you at every turn

      To make matters worse, you are then offered lower pay, and undermined in the contract negotiations by the boss’s boss. After a while, it becomes clear to you that rightly or wrongly, you are under appreciated in the team, and the best option would be to look for another job elsewhere. You have a few companies in mind, and sent your people top have a chat with them. It turns out that in one of the companies, they already have an employee who has previous history with you, and knows you willl threaten his status within the company. So he vetoes it. In the other, they have a” Golden Boy”, but their boss also feel you have skill and ambition that will threaten their already finely balanced dynamic; so the answer is resounding NO.
      You are desperately unhappy. You wish you worked in a company that treated you the ways these two drivers were being treated. You feel you are just as good as they are, if not better, so WHY is your company treating you in this way???

      Then a ray of hope. Out of the blue, you are headhunted by a team with some degree of pedigree, but who see to have lost their way recently. They have a 7 time world champion on the books, whose comeback has not gone exactly as planned and is currently faffing about regarding resigning his contract. You like their boss, and and his boss. They both like you and respect you immensely. In fact you have worked with the boss’s boss before. They make you an offer you feel is worth your value. Yes, they have a crappy car at the moment, but they are capable of winning, and they have done so before. And next season, it may all be different. However, that is NOT the point. Already, you are feeling more appreciated that your current employer ever made you feel. Moreover, internally, it can’t be much worse than where you were coming from, and it’s not like your employer has used their assets fefectively to maximise your potential either.
      Then your team realised what is happening. They realise you are serious about leaving, and have had enough of their nonsense. They scramble to up their initial offer – but it’s too late. You have seen the light; and it’s Silver colour. Their shinnenigans have shown you that they do not really value you, and they favour their new employee way more.

      So you take the deal. For better or worse, at least you are out of the stressfull poisoned atmosphere…..and you are being paid much more, for doing much less. A very smart move in my opinion.

      1. Drop Valencia!
        2nd November 2012, 21:39

        In the end, it’s all about happiness isn’t it? My dream job became horrible because of management attitudes, I left after a few years of misery, and my only regret is that I didn’t leave sooner, I hope Hamilton will feel the same in 12 months, win or lose.

      2. You’re going to make us cry @kbdavies
        Lewis certainly deserves to be treated like Alonso and Vettel.
        My take on this is that it’s only those who don’t like Lewis anyway, who wanted him to stay at Macca, so he could continue to take the abuse. Unfortunately these people are a majority, and they’ll always blame Lewis regardless of what he does.

    16. Exactly. Everyone already has written off Mercedes even before the 2013 season has started, so for me, the pressure is on McLaren next year and on Martin Whitmarsh especially. The Lewis Hamilton fixation the media has has deflected attention away from McLaren’s quite embarrassing decline this season, from a front running team in Australia to nothing but an also ran.
      Jenson Button has a point. Hamilton’s departure is a loss to the team, but a bigger concern must be why their cars have been so inconsistent for the past several years. Button mentions Hamilton’s championship title of 2008, McLaren’s sole achievement since 1999. We were led to believe that the Whitmarsh era, more open and apparently relaxed than that of Ron Dennis, would bare fruit. It has, so far, failed miserably and garnered more scandals than actual results.
      As for Alonso, I am not surprised to hear that he was frustrated by Pat Fry’s comments in India. It must be like pulling teeth driving as hard as he does knowing that the Red Bull, at this moment atleast, is just faster than the Ferrari. Ofcourse the Italian media will jump on the story, but one has to ask one’s self, who would or could at this moment do a better job in that Ferrari than Fernando is doing? The answer to that is no one!

      1. I hope Ross finds something, pulls out the fastest car for 2013, marking the beginning of the Lewis Hamilton dominance :D

    17. On the subject of Vettel and his possible greatness, here’s an interesting article comparing him to Ascari a bit, amongst others

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