Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2018

Lack of errors earned Hamilton the title – Gasly

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In the round-up: Pierre Gasly says Lewis Hamilton’s error-free season is why he deserves to be world champion.

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When asked by RaceFans, Gasly said Hamilton’s consistent points-scoring is a reminder of how championships are won:

In the end Lewis deserves the championship. He’s been really strong especially in the second part of the year. No mistakes and in the end I think that’s what paid off.

If you want to win you need to score points more or less every race. Seen a couple of times when they didn’t have the pace like today they finished fourth, fifth, third… might not be ideal, you always want to win but 15 points plus 12, plus 10… in the end it makes a difference. I think we saw that when you score zero points in one race weekend it’s really difficult to recover them in the next couple of races. Obviously that’s the main thing.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Comment of the day

Romain Grosjean’s complaint that racing at high altitude doesn’t make sense was a point of view few sympathised with:

Strangely enough, I would suspect Red Bull fans would argue there needs to be another grand prix at a race track at high altitude.

This isn’t a case where the high altitude suddenly appeared from nowhere, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has always been at high altitude and will always be at high altitude.

Part of many sports is to present a range challenges to the competitors to see who has the best all round ability. If some F1 teams make special allowances in the design of their car for the Mexican Grand Prix, and especially if they can do it without undue expense or compromising their performance at every other venue, then I’d say that was a wise decision.

Of course, it may be making allowances for Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is costly and would compromise the car’s performance at every other venue, in which case those teams that fall into this category will arrive in Mexico knowing it will be a long weekend with little to show for it.
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  • 15 comments on “Lack of errors earned Hamilton the title – Gasly”

    1. Go to bed, Keith!

      While I’ve criticized Gasly on occasion for some of his comments, in today’s quote he makes a good point, one that’s been echoed by other drivers, media and fans. Instead of Vettel’s high risk/reward “go big or go home” overtaking attempts, Hamilton was comfortable eking out the best points when a win wasn’t possible. Over the course of a 21-race season, that ensured that the flow of points didn’t stop.

      Re. the tweet, I am surprised and appalled that photographer wasn’t asked to leave and an investigation launched (was he allowed onto a dangerous part of the track, or did he make his own way there). With all the aero bits on cars, a car running wide or understeering looks like it can easily take a limb off, or worse.

      1. I disagree. They both had a similar championship. They both found themselves behind other cars and worked their way to the front. They both suffered from poorly timed safety cars. They both had their team mess up the race strategy.
        The only difference being Hamilton judged his overtakes properly. Didn’t make any rash overtake decision. He respected other drivers on the race track.
        Hamilton wasn’t just cruising carefully to a championship.

        1. @OOliver – That’s not what @phylyp said though. He/she said that “Hamilton was comfortable eking out the best points when a win wasn’t possible.” That is, instead of pushing beyond the limits of the car / track / tyres and causing a spin, a crash, or further loss of places like Vettel did more than once this season, Hamilton was more calm in collecting less than first if first was not available to him.

          1. Thank you for explaining my point more clearly @hobo , that’s exactly what I meant :-)

      2. Do we know that the photo wasn’t taken from a drone?

        1. The tweet refers to the photographer circled in the top-right of the photo, not the vantage point of the photo itself.

          1. How to look like a plonker:
            1) don’t look at stuff properly
            2) make assumptions about it

            Guilty on both counts :)

    2. Poor Haas, with Americans growing up toasting marshmallows around the campfire you’d think they of all people would be able to get the most out of these pirellis.

      1. Will anything ever be the fault of Haas…? I’m tired of these three people whining before and after every race…

    3. @keithcollantine, I’d rather see these team race links in your Monday race reviews than in the round-up.

    4. I agree with Gasly. Interesting COTD as well. I can see its point. That photographer’s proximity to the track, though.

      1. @jerejj

        I agree with Gasly

        I think everyone has to. I thought the statement was made by Captain Obvious

        1. He’s busy doing travel ads.

        2. @todfod Yes, indeed, LOL.

    5. AH MAN!! What a buzz it must’ve been to conduct a whole orchestra playing the F1 theme. I get goosebumps when it comes on TV – can’t even imagine what that was like.

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