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McLaren man Lewis Hamilton grabs late pole in Canada and ends Red Bull Racing's domination of F1 2010 qualifying.

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June 12, 2010 8:03 PM

just watching on bbc. didnt realise it was delayed. now its spoilt the excitement!
but i see that lulus times were set on softs and vapour, whilst others were on the hards, so his time is not too representative. buttons is more a reflection of the mclaren pace. reckon that mclaren are banking on an early safety car, or else expecting a wet race. ferrari are now the dark horse of the race. lets hope that we have a proper race tomorow.

Earth - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 8:09 PM

F1 will never be a battle of driving skills and team skills until all the teams are given the same equipment. It's a joke to think otherwise or to even compare racers. The only two racers that are remotely comparable are the 2 on the same team. Just look where MS is right now. Don't give me this shiz that he is old and rusty, he is labeled by many as the BEST EVER!!!! Even the best ever can't make up for inferior equipment. Look at Button, another perfect example. After 8 yrs of crap, he finally becomes F1 Champ 2009. I wonder what happened? Did he just find some new magical driving skills to put him over the top or did he just happen to have the best car out there? Hmmmm....

GoFstr - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 8:16 PM

@ Earth

If Schumacher was "BEST EVER" and the "inferior equipment" was to blame, he should have been faster than Rosberg.......

Button was in the best car last, I think it has been proved by this year's results.

Although I agree, they should try to level out the playing field a bit better, rather than just see RBR and Mac leading.

ChrisZX7 - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 9:05 PM

Formula 1 has always been dominated by one car, Senna, the Lotuses, McLarens, Williams-Renaults, Ferraris...the racing these days is the best I've ever seen. except for Nascar?

Alan D - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 9:48 PM

In Q1 and Q2 we saw Hamilton setting faster times on hard tyres than the others were setting on softs so you can't really look at just the Q3 times and say Hamilton's time wasn't so impressive because he was on softs. As the track rubbered in during the session it appeared that other cars started matching the Mclarens, so I guess a lot depends on whther or not it rains overnight and washes off the rubber. It wouldn't surprise me if tomorrows's winner is whoever gets luckiest with the safety car. Maybe Button is going to pull a wierd strategy agian and if he finishes 18th everyone will say he was unlucky, and if he wins they'll say it was brilliant strategy.


June 12, 2010 9:59 PM

alan. in q2, the cars were not racing for pole, only to stay in the top 10. therefore it would be safe to say that q2 would not be a totally true example of the ultimate benefits of soft or hard. the concensus with the bbc commentators was that mclaren are taking a gamble. but some gambles pay off, others dont. if lulu has to pit early, he will then have to fight through backmarkers, whereas those with harder tyres can wait until the field is well spaced out.

Timmy - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 10:03 PM

Alan I agree completely. In Q1 and Q2 Hamilton set the pace on the opposite tyres. He's just dominating Canada that's all there is to it.

The only thing that can stop him tomorrow other than mechanical failure or silly mistakes, is if he can't find a gap to come into after his early pit.

I can't see this being a problem though, since the Red Bulls are the only front runners on the opposite strategy. Worse case scenario is he'll be stuck behind those 2 for a while until they make their 1st stop. To be honest though I can't even see that happening as I think he'll be able to overtake them easily on the back straight.

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