Lewis Hamilton loses Sports Personality of the Year Award for a second year

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He may be the youngest ever Formula 1 world champion but the British public snubbed Lewis Hamilton in the voting for Sports Personality of the Year 2008. Hamilton was beaten by cyclist Chris Hoy, who was supposed to be racing Hamilton in the Race of Champions at Wembley today. That event was cancelled due to … Continue reading Lewis Hamilton loses Sports Personality of the Year Award for a second year

Did Bernie Ecclestone really scrap the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?

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The disquiet over Bernie Ecclestone’s remarks on racism which appeared in several newspapers recently has apparently calmed down after Ecclestone cleared things up with Lewis Hamilton and his family: I meant [the supporters who targeted Hamilton in Spain] were a joke, clowns… I’ve spoken with Lewis’s dad Anthony and he understands, everything’s fine. But some … Continue reading Did Bernie Ecclestone really scrap the South African Grand Prix over apartheid?

Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion

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Lewis Hamilton has won the 2008 F1 world championship after finishing fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Hamilton has become the youngest ever driver to win the F1 world championship. Aged 23 years and 301 days, he has beaten Fernando Alonso’s record of 24 years 59 days which was set in 2005. Hamilton is the … Continue reading Hamilton wins the 2008 F1 title and becomes youngest world champion

British press fury over Hamilton hate site

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Several of the major British newspapers are reporting today about a Spanish-registered website set up to direct taunts at Lewis Hamilton. Here’s a typical example of the coverage from The Sun: F1 ace Lewis Hamilton is facing another vile race hate campaign from Spanish yobs as he prepares to win the drivers’ title. Racist abuse … Continue reading British press fury over Hamilton hate site

Hamilton penalty: FIA closes the stable door after the horse has bolted (Video)

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Five days after the Hamilton penalty controversy the FIA has announced how drivers should behave if they cut a corner and gain an advantage while racing a driver for position. According to Autosport: Drivers [have been] informed that in the event of a driver cutting a chicane and gaining a position, he not only had … Continue reading Hamilton penalty: FIA closes the stable door after the horse has bolted (Video)

Will Hamilton’s petition beat Alonso’s?

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Over 26,000 people have now signed a petition decrying the FIA’s penalty against Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix. When I began writing this post there were just over 25,900 signatures on it. Now there are 26,202. It’s easy to by cynical about how effective online petitions are, but you have to be impressed … Continue reading Will Hamilton’s petition beat Alonso’s?

Seven reasons why so many F1 fans are furious about Hamilton’s penalty

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After the stewards took Lewis Hamilton’s win in the Belgian Grand Prix and handed it to Felipe Massa comments flew into F1 Fanatic faster than I had time to read them. Inevitably many have reacted to the decision based on whether they’re fans of Hamilton or Ferrari, which is understandable. But reading the hundreds of … Continue reading Seven reasons why so many F1 fans are furious about Hamilton’s penalty

Hamilton stripped of Belgian GP win – another asinine FIA decision

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Lewis Hamilton has had his victory in the Belgian Grand Prix taken away from him by the Belgian Grand Prix stewards. The stewards added 25 seconds to his race time for cutting the chicane while battling with Kimi Raikkonen, leaving him third behind Nick Heidfeld. This is an absolute travesty of a decision which mocks … Continue reading Hamilton stripped of Belgian GP win – another asinine FIA decision

How the end of Nigel Mansell’s F1 career led to the start of Lewis Hamilton’s

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Nigel Mansell fans would probably like to forget the embarrassing end to his career in 1995 with McLaren. After sponsors Marlboro encouraged Ron Dennis to sign the star, Mansell missed the first two races because he couldn’t fit in the car. Once that was sorted he only appeared for the team twice before refusing to … Continue reading How the end of Nigel Mansell’s F1 career led to the start of Lewis Hamilton’s

Fernando Alonso criticises McLaren again

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Fernando Alonso has continued his criticism of former team McLaren Fernando Alonso has sparked fresh debate about his controversial season with McLaren last year by making several critical remarks about the team in recent interviews. I think he’s starting to sound a bit like Niki Lauda and David Coulthard… Alonso on McLaren Before the Hungarian … Continue reading Fernando Alonso criticises McLaren again