F1 » 'Chilled' McLaren remain optimistic


McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button insist they can get something from the Korean GP despite qualifying setbacks that left them fourth and seventh on the grid.

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F1 - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 9:05 AM

A shock to be sure, I definitely thought Lewis had pole, barring that, the front row....
Oh well, in any case, will be a fun race!!!
GG Lewis!

Alan D - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 1:37 PM

On the harder tyres, the Mclarens looked much stronger. You might think that the soft tyres will wear badly on this track and it will be a long second stint on hard tyres, so Mclaren are looking good. However, if it is another track where passing is impossible, the tyres will be irrelevant after lap 2.

In FP1/2, it was looking like a Mclaren 1-2 could be possible, Ferrari looked good, whilst RBRs were looking poor. If the race result turns out something like that, e.g. HAM BUT ALO VET, with WEB having a DNF then that would give a very interesting bunching up of the points going into the last couple of races of

ALO 221
WEB 220
VET 218
HAM 217
BUT 207

where at least the top four would still have everything to play for, but a 1/2 form RBR would probably wrap it all up. We could also see drivers like Massa, Kubica and Rosberg having a huge effect on the championships if they get between the points leaders. We might also see Alonso needing to take a new engine in one of the last two race

Alan D - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 1:42 PM

I think the other joker will be all the dust on the track. We've seen a lot of drivers running wide in practice and qualifying so I think we could see a couple of safety cars and that will create a pit lane lottery. We might also see among the leaders that a cool head and conservative strategy plays out best. And then there is the possibility of rain.

arcuid

October 23, 2010 3:15 PM

@Alan D, yes many drivers were sliding wide during practice. The only thing McLaren can do at this point is to score as many points as they can to stay ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors table and hope for the best.

Shrieker

October 23, 2010 5:50 PM
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I think Hamilton should strike back at Webber as soon as he gets the chance. Webber must cede. Otherwise he'll lose ground to both Vettel and Alonso. He knows that.

All Hamilton has to do is put a wheel inside of Webber and ask "you wanna crash, or score some points"?

Lewis has nothing to lose after this stage.Pay back time.

sokudo - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 6:11 PM

watch for for jense!! 7th place with the best car in the first section, on the clean side of the grid with his champiosnhip to defend. i think he's going to make the first lap very interesting. proably the same for hamilton who definitely won't want to fluff his start, but being on the dirty side of the grid may be bad for him.

richard

October 23, 2010 9:27 PM

alan, i agree that massa in particular, could play a part. he was quite impressive in quali. but as regards the mclarens in fp, their pace there means zilch. all cars were running far slower in practice, and the only true indication of ultimate speed was in quali 3. the tyre degradation will probably mean an early stop for those on softs, but i think that second stops may also be needed. button is one who might get away with only one stop??

Jose - Unregistered

October 24, 2010 1:23 AM

@ richard,
I fully agree, Speed did not get really hot until the last few minutes. Button may find a
gift waiting for him. Mass will be major player
Hope Shuey will up his game and make a fight for 4 or 5 spot....Amy way after the race its back to the five star (Brothel) hotel to relax celebrate and enjoy..
OH My!!

Jose

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