F1 » 'It's not in Lewis' instinct to play a percentage game'


McLaren-Mercedes managing director Jonathan Neale defends 2008 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton's two consecutive accident-induced DNFs in Italy and Singapore by acknowledging that 'it's not in his instinct to play a percentage game'

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Hellboy - Unregistered

October 06, 2010 1:40 PM

....perhaps it should be....

World class drivers/racers/riders are not just fast but also clever. They know when to push and when not to. They take risks but they are, more often than not, calculated.

Everyone makes mistakes but if you don't learn from them and keep making them then serious questions have to be asked. After all it could cost him/McLaren the championship.

Perhaps this is a failing in McLaren's management in not instilling an element of risk analysis. Don't get me wrong, don't cut out the speed and aggression but focus that to right time, right pace.

I've never been a huge Hamilton fan, especially at the beginning, but I have warmed to him. Would be a real shame if a lack of mental control/strength had an effect on his legacy.

Dee - Unregistered

October 06, 2010 4:01 PM

Hamilton is a really good driver, no doubt about it. But great drivers know when to driver the wheels off their cars and when to play the waiting game and choose the right time to move, so as to maximise their results. Hamilton has already thrown one championship away (2007), barely held on to another (2008), and it looks like this year is slipping through his fingers when he was leading the championship just a few races ago. He has the skill to have been picking up his 3rd championship this year, but just lacks a little in driving maturity.

Desibaba

October 06, 2010 4:03 PM

To some extend I can understand the Brit's way of glorifying half cooked champs.. But this is ridiculous.

Lewis is a fantastic racer.. no question! But some of the comments like "force of nature" and all are a bit too much!

richard

October 06, 2010 4:33 PM

freddy. ONE moment of brain fade? there have been THREE in the last three races. spa, went off the track whilst leading. just luck kept him out of the wall. monza, and singapore.

dee, i wouldnt give up hope yet. there are still four races and 100 points up for grabs. ANY of the top five have a chance.

Boss B - Unregistered

October 06, 2010 5:37 PM

Had he stayed in 4th place in both races he would be leading the championship.

He could have got Massa at the pit rotation for 3rd in Monza and Webber's tires were old so he would have gotten him eventually for 3rd as well before the end of the race. How it could have turned out, instead he's 20 points back.

Too aggressive, sometimes he should adopt Button's calculating cleverness.

Title or not, I'm still a Lewis fan, and still cheering.

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