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Hamilton has ‘no idea’ when form will change

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  • 81 comments on “Hamilton has ‘no idea’ when form will change”

    1. heads-up: I will soon commence my kickstarter campaign seeking $20m for 8k miles of testing in a 2014 Williams-Mercedes.

    2. Regarding the Perez penalty & how it differs from Rosberg escaping a penalty in Hungary.

      Firstly, They showed some graphics on Sky that were provided by FOM that included telemetry which quite clearly showed that Perez went through turn 10 no differently on the lap with Grosjean’s car in the barriers when compared to his previous best lap. He braked in the same place & got back on the throttle in the same place.
      Looking back at Nico in Hungary, Sky showed the same comparison graphics looking at Nico’s lap & they showed that he did lift off through the yellow sector unlike Perez this past weekend.

      Secondly unlike in Hungary there were actually marshal’s in-front of the barriers & a car in the wall with its driver getting out as Perez was going through. And also unlike Hungary it was double waved yellow’s throughout that marshal sector for the whole time Sergio was in it, In Hungary it was changed from double yellows to single yellows just as Nico was entering the zone which was cleared back to green before he exited what had been the yellow zone.

      Thirdly Perez ignored a 2nd double waved yellow zone (For Button’s car) & even overtook a car under the double waved yellow’s.

      And finally since Hungary drivers have been told in drivers briefings that yellow flags in qualifying should be treated more like red’s. Charlie was originally just going to throw a red if double yellow’s came out but it was felt this would be unfair to drives who’s laps were unaffected by the yellow zone so he instead just told drivers to consider treating the yellow’s as if they were red’s.

      1. Here is the analysis of perez’s penalty from sky-

        https://vid.me/f8TJ

      2. What I find ironic is that it was better to have that penalty, otherwise he would have started in the same place as Bottas.
        And would’ve been in the middle of the mayhem at the start, so knowing that I don’t know why the team are complaining anymore.

        1. You can’t reason anything like that. If Perez was further up the grid, the whole formation lap would have been different including the start.

      3. Thanks for the detailed post there @gt-racer. I agree that these cases are quite different in how the drivers treated their laps and the Rosberg case is not a good comparison because of that, but also because that case led to the stewards announcing and informing that they would be taking a clearer, and harsher, stance regarding yellow flags in qualifying.

        I would say that Perez was pre warned, and it’s clear others understood that. Bottas was told by his engineer to abandon the lap once he hit the waved yellows, clearly reacting to that “consider waved yellows as reds” for as far as their hot laps go.

      4. Fair enough. The problem is the speed both were going would have killed a marshal if they were on track or a driver if they were getting out of their car.

        It’s like Perez has been done for not paying anything towards a £1m tax bill and Nico has been let off for paying £50.

        1. @petebaldwin
          ‘The problem is the speed both were going would have killed a marshal if they were on track or a driver if they were getting out of their car.’

          Whom do you mean by ‘both’? Pérez and Rosberg? In this case, I completely disagree. In Hungary, the yellow flags were shown before an already slow 3rd gear corner with excellent visibility (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3hR9VLb0k0 at the 1:32 mark – if Alonso can see the entire corner from his perspective, everyone else could see him too). Nico went even slower into the corner than usual, so that even if there had been stewards on the track, they wouldn’t have been in real danger.
          In Singapore, Pérez couldn’t have known whether the track was clear, as the walls make for poor visibility. In this case, he would’ve posed a threat to stewards.

          1. and by stewards I mean marshals …

          2. But his focus was on how fast he could go – not what dangers were potentially on the track. If he’d slowed down and prepared to stop (what you are supposed to do for waving double yellows), he wouldn’t have been able to post the fastest lap.

            I appreciate it’s a grey area but regardless of whether you think Rosberg went slow enough or not, drivers are going to continue to push the limits because the FIA have clearly stated that it is possible to slow down “just enough” and not ruin your lap. You don’t have to slow down and be prepared to stop though.

            The very fact that Force India are mentioning Rosberg suggests that the teams have discussed this with their drivers and have said that there is no need to follow the direct definition of double yellows and instead, just slow down slightly which leads to issues like this.

            The rules should be changed so that any lap set whilst passing through double yellows is cancelled. Therefore there is no benefit in speeding through them and drivers will back off.

            1. @petebaldwin
              ‘But his focus was on how fast he could go – not what dangers were potentially on the track. If he’d slowed down and prepared to stop (what you are supposed to do for waving double yellows), he wouldn’t have been able to post the fastest lap.’

              I disagree. He drove into that corner going somewhere between 100 and 150 kph, his eyes on the track ahead of him. Even if the track had been completely obstructed, he wouldn’t have had any trouble coming to a timely halt, as the brakes on an F1 car are powerful enough to decelerate from such a speed within 50 metres or less, which would’ve been well within the visible portion of the track.

              ‘The very fact that Force India are mentioning Rosberg suggests that the teams have discussed this with their drivers and have said that there is no need to follow the direct definition of double yellows and instead, just slow down slightly which leads to issues like this.’

              I have a different take on this: The very fact that they mention Rosberg means that they are attempting a strawman argument. Pérez neither had a clear view on the accident scenes, nor did he slow down significantly at any stage. Force India are trying to equate two incidents that have little in common, which in the end is nothing but cheap talk in bad faith.

              ‘The rules should be changed so that any lap set whilst passing through double yellows is cancelled. Therefore there is no benefit in speeding through them and drivers will back off.’

              I completely agree with you on this point. Any driver who doesn’t encounter a yellow flag should be allowed to complete his lap, whereas a yellow flag should automatically invalidate any lap by a driver who had to drive past it.
              However, that’s not in the rules, yet. For the time being, laps like Rosberg’s in Hungary are perfectly legal, while laps Like Pérez’s in Singapore aren’t.

      5. @gt-racer
        Great summary, thank you!
        Makes me wonder why Force India and Pérez keep lying so shamelessly about what really happened. Really poor style.

      6. I don’t see why Force India are still complaining about this, it’s not like they can get the places back. They were warned that the stewards were going to take a hard line on yellow flags and didn’t take heed, I don’t think anyone feels sympathy for them.

    3. I am a regular follower of Euro F3 and I certainly value Lance Stroll’s talent. To me, with Luca Baldisserri as his mentor, his father’s investments with Prema team and Williams, now with Gary Paffatt and 8000 miles of testing(Kevin Magnussen only did 3000 miles prior to his debut according to Forix), the powerful factor of money is buying Lance Stroll some unfair advantage.

    4. FYI: I’ll be starting my indie campaign to create..er retrieve the documents that proves I’m Lance Stroll’s lost brother.

    5. Loved the article about Terry Fullerton. Almost hate the fact that we never got to see if he had what it takes in F1.

      1. Yes – great article there by Alex Lloyd. Who knows, had he left karting, he wouldn’t have been around mentoring Senna – years later. Sometimes, reality is better than any other.

      2. @toxic Yeah really great article and a fantastic story. Actually got goose bumps.

        1. Also interesting that Senna would bump Fullerton when losing..

    6. I love it, Lewis has issues his team seems to never really get their hands around, and he gets criticized for not being motivated.

      When does Toto ever get charged with being responsible for the improbable degree of mechanic screw ups/power unit failures that Lewis has seen over the last 2.5+ years? If Toto were in a competitive business world and he allowed the kinds of mistakes (bungling/negligence) to keep recurring as they have for so long, he might not be in business. A testament to how competitive F1 really is. Maybe Toto can prove how equal ROS and HAM are by sending ROS to the back of the grid or P10 for 3 or 4 races, just to prove how Mercedes provide equal opportunity.

      1. The worst part is Mercedes’ marketing department colluding with Toto, issuing fake images of Hamilton partying all around the world. Even greats like Jackie Stewart are now let to believe Hamilton got carried away and isn’t on the ball anymore.

      2. These comments get more hilarious by the day. I nearly spat my coffee out.

        1. @craig-o, @coldfly, I’m creating a habit for myself to first read the name of who comments, that way I can just skip rubbish.

          1. Haha! Sometimes reading Guardian and Daily Mail articles is better than reading some people’s comments here. I too have made it a point to read the names first before bothering to read comments! :)

            @xtwl

      3. this rant… in a race where Hamilton had no mechanical misfortune, was just soundly beaten. this conspiracy of Wolf favouring Rosberg makes no sence, as the team let Hamilton win the last 2 championships… @pcxmac

        1. He had hydraulics and suspension problems during practice, which left him with a car significantly down on downforce compared to Rosberg.

          “However, it later emerged that his car may have had a problem – Mercedes’ data was showing it was producing less aerodynamic downforce than Rosberg’s, which would explain the lack of grip.”

          To say he had no mechanical misfortune is just a blatant lie. But you know just keep being the obviously bias commenter you always are kpcart! :)

    7. Let’s immediatly shut down Jackie Stewart, there is nothing that influences Hamilton his driving. He has been combining them both very well. He has won in the past two seasons with style and has beaten Rosberg fairly. Rosberg was never far away and it is the last one who has been driving sublime in the past few races. There is nothing wrong with Hamilton, or his life style, Rosberg is just better at the moment. If he can continue this flow he’ll be a very, very, deserving champion at the end of this season.

      1. I think you missed this part under the link: “Contrary to its headline, this article does not appear to include any reference by Stewards to Hamilton’s ‘playboy lifestyle’.”

        Makes you wonder how much of this stuff is just made up?

        1. Porsche l tend to disagree, Lewis has history of going on and off the Boil, l think the Celebrity aspect of his life and personal relationships effects his form.
          Not that either of us would really know, l suspect Jackie has better knowledge of F1 drivers lives than us though.

          1. @bogaaa…

            The only proof of him going off the boil due to his off track antics, was 2011. Since that time, he has been at the top of his game, there is absolutely no proof that’s the case now.

            Rosberg’s recent run of form has nothing to do with his personal life..

            – Spa grid penalty
            – Monza: people seem to forget he out qualified Rosberg by half a second and only loss the race due to yet another unexplained clutch problem

            And this past Singapore weekend, it has been stated more than once that missing the majority of the FP2 session severely happened his car setup, then add in the suspension issues he had in FP3.

            Blaming someone’s apparent lifestyle for car failures which hampers performance, is rather lazy analysis of the truth

            1. The clutch problems have affected both so I agree totally with you on your other points especially the clutch. Two drivers of the caliber of Ros/Ham having the same issues throughout the year? Not happening. Definitely a Mercedes technical problem.

              Also agree with your assessment at the end of your comment. Lazy analysis of truth indeed.

        2. You have to ask that about the daily mail?

          1. There’s a reason I moved from the UK to Switzerland mate :)

            1. @Franton Do they have a different internet there?

      2. Singapore seems to have a been an off weekend for Hamilton as much as Monaco was for Rosberg, so we’re jumping to conclusions to say there’s something wrong with Hamilton.

      3. I must say that I loved the fact that Keith put both that line @franton mentions below the link, as well as the link to the article where Keith himself showed that there is little pointing to Hamilton’s life style hurting his racing @xtwl.

        As expected that Daily mail article used a 2 year old quote from Steward, put in some bits of various interviews where Steward talks about himself and how hard it is to keep good form going for you and some Toto quotes (made in other media) to build a piece to boost their viewers.

        As @hairs mentions, nothing we wouldn’t expect of the daily mail though. But good job from Keith pointing out the facts about the article while still including it.

        1. Article was written by McEvoy and if you know anything about that guy, damn near everything he writes relates to Lewis and it is always of the negative connotation.

      4. maybe Jackie Stewart is right… look at the end of last season, Hamilton went binge partying and possibly lost races to Rosberg as a result… what I notice with Hamilton, is his form comes in waves… sometimes beating teammate for several races, sometimes losing for several races….. no great driver I can remember ever lost 7 races in a row to a teammate many consider not in the elite of current drivers.

      5. Don’t fall prey to the daily fail. Stewart doesn’t say anything that bad at all, and certainly nothing like the headline as Keith points out.

        I really am ashamed to live in a country with such ‘news’ sources as the mail and the sun.

    8. Shock horror, Jackie Stewart is yet again commenting on Lewis’ lifestyle, mental attitude, focus etc. How many times is this since 2007?

      He keeps talking, Lewis keeps winning so I guess it’s time Jackie picks someone else to offer his ‘expert’ opinions on how one should live their life.

      1. Sounds like it wasn’t ‘yet again’ by JS, but just rehashed quotes from previous interviews, so it is this media outlet that is ‘yet again’ doing it, not JS.

      2. @Kgn11 Funny thing is that we didn’t hear a whisper out of this man when Hamilton overturned a 43 point deficit.

        Makes you wonder.

      3. Jackie Stewart is yet again commenting on Lewis’ lifestyle

        Or is he? As mentioned above, contrary to the headline there doesn’t appear to be any such quote from Stewart in that article.

    9. Oh look, Jackie Stewarts crawled out the woodwork now that Lewis hasn’t won in a couple of races. You where awfully quiet before the summer break Sire.

      1. My exact same thoughts!

        1. JS was awfully quiet? Or did nobody bother to interview him? Or have you simply not read or heard everything JS says? I doubt that JS phones up media personnel when he’s had a thought on something, to make sure the world knows where he stands.

          1. @robbie Come on Robbie, you’ve been following F1 long enough to know that what I’m saying is true. Stewart is not a fan of Hamiltons, and typically only has negative things to say about him.

            1. @stubbornswiss I can’t say I have tracked closely JS’s comments about LH nor whether they were fair or not. I can say he didn’t just ‘come out of the woodwork’ as these are rehashed quotes, so if he was quiet before the break he is still quiet now, at least superficially as we cannot know to whom he has said what. So it is simply untrue that he has yet again slammed LH.

              For me it’s neither here nor there. JS is allowed his opinion as we all are. If he’s not an LH fan he is not alone, and that’s fine as LH has plenty of supporters without JS et al. I suspect JS finds all current drivers as coddled and spoiled and having it easy compared to his day, and I’m sure he wishes, as do the drivers currently, that F1 was harder and more challenging for them.

    10. This is not a case of Nico raising his game more a case of Lewis lowering his, he should have been second at Singapore no trouble but he was miles away in 3rd.

      I don’t believe for one second that he’s all of a sudden forgot how to drive fast but something is not right with his car or his engineers are having a massive balls-up….

      1. Well it’s hard to finish second when you start 3rd and was then told to manage over heating brakes by backing off. He pretty much explained why he lost so much ground to the guys in front.

        1. Bit shocking when your brakes are critical almost instantly, I long for the day when Red Bull are just as fast as Mercedes….

      2. Damon85, did you see Nico’s qualifying laps? And you don’t think he raised his game? Wow.

        1. Did I see them? Yes….

          Tell me what was so amazing about them?

          He basically did two laps about the same time, to me he didn’t even look like he was pushing hard. Shame we never got to see how much Lewis was struggling on board….

          1. Did you see Ricciardo’s pole lap in Monaco onboard? He never seemed to be right on the edge and yet, his lap was mega. Every driver has a different style. Saying that “he didn’t even look like he was pushing hard” is the same as saying that drivers with smoother driving styles are slower than drivers who like to push the car right on the edge (rougher driving style) in general.

            What matters the most is the time the driver sets. Struggling or not, 0.7 seconds is a big, big margin…especially on a track like Singapore…and when someone like Ricciardo says that he couldn’t have beaten Rosberg even with a perfect lap, considering how close Red Bull was to Mercedes this weekend(especially in the race), you’ve got to give credit to Rosberg.

            1. Rosberg isn’t noted for his smooth style, in fact most of the time he looks more ragged than Hamilton. I don’t believe for one second Lewis didn’t have any problems in Singapore either…

            2. It was already confirmed that Hamilton had a car issue.

              “However, it later emerged that his car may have had a problem – Mercedes’ data was showing it was producing less aerodynamic downforce than Rosberg’s, which would explain the lack of grip.”

              Was in the round-up.

              Singapore isn’t a place where you want to lose downforce. Combine that with the issues with lost time due to mechanical issues in FP and lack of setup time and feel in long runs, along with brakes that for some reason cost Hamilton a bunch of time in early stages when he was saving them but Rosberg managed to pull away from RIC at over 0.5 a lap while “managing critical brakes”, Hamilton really didn’t have much of a chance.

    11. Keith, I would really reconsider referring to tabloids in the future. Granted, you did mention inmediately below it that the title does not have any reference in the article. Yet still many people here bited into the juicy rubbish. My humble opinion to shield your viewers off from such untrustworthy sources, is to not mention them at all. There are way more neutral newspapers in the UK who make reports about F1.

      1. Yeah I’d second that. They’re not worth the page views.

      2. I’m also with you guys.

    12. Loved that Fullerton article. Serves as a good reminder that we’re not necessarily watching the best drivers in the world; rather the best drivers in the world that had the drive, passion and fortune be able to compete at the top level.

      I just can’t help but wonder how many people are out there that can reminisce about beating F1 drivers in junior categories.

      1. Let’s not forget Fullerton was a man racing against kids and knew the sport inside and out. It’s a little like the stars of amateur boxing coming from Cuba, experienced athletes going up against young kids…..

    13. In line with Joe Sawards’ reporting, Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat claims that Lance Stroll has already signed a deal to race with Williams next year, bringing with him “up to 35 million dollars in sponsorship money”.

      Link: http://www.ts.fi/urheilu/moottoriurheilu/f1/2785713/Stroll+varmistanut+Williamspaikkansa

    14. Regarding Lewis’ drop in form: I wonder if it’s simply exhaustion. You can’t be a full-time racer and a full-time jet-setting partier and not expect it to catch up on you. I read a quote from him recently that basically said he likes to live life to the full. There are nights when he’s too tired to go out, but he forces himself to because he wants to enjoy every minute.

      1. No, it’s simply

        – starting at the back of the grid
        – failed clutch
        – hydraulic leak

        You do know he finished on the podium in all these races right?

      2. His brakes were failing. But I guess Hamilton’s jet-setting can somehow have an effect on the mechanics of his race car.

      3. Why do people jump on this ‘drop in form’ bandwagon.

        Before the summer break he was winning. Since then we’ve had Spa, where we knew he’d be starting from the back, where he got onto the podium. Then there was Monza where he obliterated Rosberg in qualifying, only for this dodgy merc clutch to play up (as it has done with Rosberg in the past). He recovered from 6th to 2nd. Then there was Singapore where he missed a lot of free practice because of the hydraulic leak and suspension issue.

        1. I’d like to know this myself.

      4. @shimks Do you also wonder about his ‘partying and jet setting’ when he is winning world championships? Or are you inferring that there’s been a recent change in his lifestyle?

        1. @stubbornswiss Hoi. Well, maybe my comment wasn’t well considered. And he’s just had the summer break too. But I think when things go wrong, a well-rested mind is able to deal with them easier. He looks so glum.

          I think his lifestyle is brilliant. He’s making the most of his youth. And I’ve always thought he could well with everything. This is the first time I wondered if he’s getting enough rest. Rosberg shouldn’t be beating him. Hamilton is so much better.

          I didn’t realise a failed clutch was the problem for the bad starts. I thought it was driver error.

    15. I don’t profess to know what LH’s lifestyle off the track is like or how it affects him on the track these days. I do know that in 2011 he admitted off-track distractions were costing him on the track. I do know that in 2015 after he won the WDC he wished the season was over and did act like he had done his job and let the partying begin.

      So all I’m saying is that there is some evidence from LH himself about distractions costing him on the track, so it is not way off base for articles to suggest it…even articles of integrity. But aside from that, the hardest thing to do in F1 (many things really) is to stay on top, off-track distractions or not.

    16. Why is it so hard to believe that when Rosberg does good it’s always a result of Hamilton doing less good rather than Rosberg just beating Hamilton on merit…?

      1. It’s more of when Rosberg does good he’s had a free run, but when Hamilton has a clean weekend Nico is quit ordinary.

        1. I think it is because LH has a WDC from 08, and now 2 more, and there is a perception that when, over the last 3 seasons, LH has lagged behind NR in a race, he has reeled NR in more often than NR has when he has been behind LH. As people often ponder, when has NR come out ahead whenever he and LH clash, and when has LH prevailed? Personally I think that some of the occasions need to be put down to both drivers looking average on their day due to being handcuffed in dirty air, so I think they are closer in performance than they appear, however of course there is no denying LH has the hardware.

      2. It isn’t if it actually happens on a weekend when both have equal running with no issues, we know that in Singapore this wasn’t the case throughout the whole weekend, issues covered practise, qually and the race.

        Rosberg has been driving really well for most of the season albeit with a drop in the middle, but at the same time he hasn’t had any of the on track issues that Hamilton has, he has espaced penalties that actually meant anything in terms of punishment and has capitalised on circumstance, which he should and needs to do. Again though, if all things were equal this championship would once again look different. I dont take anything away from the effort that Rosberg has put in for a large part of the season but they have been somewhat flattered by other events.

        All drivers can be beaten, Hamilton is no exeption to that rule, he has been in the past and will in the future. As, much the suprise of some fanboys he isn’t superman. However given history between the two it doesn’t really happen often so when it does questions are raised and often answers are given that explains why it happened appose to Rosberg just simply being faster. Last weekend was no different.

    17. As I posted several months ago (see http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2016/05/23/f1-champions-differ-over-hamilton-rosberg-crash/#comment-3203594), Jackie Stewart simply hates Lewis Hamilton. He quite literally looks for an opportunity to hit at Lewis – to rehash that posting from May:
      “…Jackie Stewart simply hates Lewis Hamilton – there’s nothing Lewis does that Jackie doesn’t disparage, be it positive or negative.
      2011…Hamilton complains of being repeatedly punished whenever there’s a racing incident while the other driver gets off easy…Jackie digs into him: http://www.planetf1.com/news/stewart-hamilton-was-in-the-wrong/
      2013…Lewis leaves McLaren for Mercedes, Jackie heaps scorn on the decision and calls it “emotional” etc: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/9938615/Lewis-Hamilton-delighted-to-prove-Sir-Stirling-Moss-and-Sir-Jackie-Stewart-wrong-over-decision-to-leave-McLaren.html
      2014…Hamilton surpasses Jackie’s number of race victories (I think this is where the Jackie animus comes from)….Jackie criticises Hamilton, calls him “created by McLaren” (as if that is a crime) and suggests that Nico was “letting” Lewis win… https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/08/lewis-hamilton-rises-above-fix-talk-jackie-stewart-questions-record-monza-grand-prix-f1
      2014: creates a bizarre conspiracy theory about Lewis’ Monaco win (as above) by saying Nico “let Lewis win”: http://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-autosport/508144/F1-legend-claims-Hamilton-was-GIFTED-his-magnificent-Monza-win
      2014…comes out rooting for Nico as “the new Prost” in a dig at Lewis: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/lewis-hamilton-warned-sir-jackie-3380060
      2015…Lewis equals Jackie’s three world titles, Jackie dismisses him and says he’s “not a legend” etc: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/lewishamilton/11951741/Lewis-Hamilton-is-not-a-legend-yet-even-if-he-equals-my-record-at-the-US-Grand-Prix-2015-says-Sir-Jackie-Stewart.html
      2016…Lewis takes a selfie, Jackie criticises him: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/motorsport/78059531/Sir-Jackie-Stewart-scolds-Lewis-Hamilton-for-his-motorcycle-selfie
      2016…Lewis Hamilton skips a drivers’ meeting, Jackie calls him “immature” and “unable to come to terms with being an F1 World Champion”.: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2016/03/18/lewis-hamilton-under-fire-for-immature-attitude-and-failing-to-a/

      I wouldn’t take Jackie too seriously when the subject is Lewis Hamilton.”

    18. Wow, so much vitriol.

      Is it so hard to admit that Rosberg did a brilliant job of qualifying as did Ricciardo and that Lewis didn’t have such a great one?

      Watching them come through the section I was at, the first two sounded and looked incredibly smooth and I suspect weren’t pushing 100% so their tyres were in great shape for S3 where they were needed.
      All others came through looking just a little ragged because they were really pushing.
      The result is that the first two qualified 1 & 2. It was always going to be difficult for lewis after qualifying and he knew it. He still drove really well to keep 3rd under immense pressure.

      No conspiracies needed – sometimes the other guys get it just a bit more right on the day. Given that they all drive right on the edge these things happen and it’s great to see.

    19. LH is in good form, his results have objective reasons. Meanwhile NR is Flawless right now. Makes LH look bad.

    20. What a shame the front half of the grid cant all drive Mercs, l do believe the CAR flatters Ros/Ham talent!!!!
      Ric is the bench mark driver, he must be frustrated to being so close to victory this year.

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