F1 » Hamilton 'still very much in contention' for F1 glory, says Whitmarsh


Don't write Lewis Hamilton out-of-the-reckoning for F1 2010 Drivers' World Championship glory, urges McLaren-Mercedes team principal Martin Whitmarsh, as 'he is definitely up for racing'

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Alan D - Unregistered

October 27, 2010 9:29 PM

If Alonso has a DNF in Brazil then its everything to play for. If Vettel wins, Hamilton in second and Webber in fourth then that will take us into the last race with:

WEB 232
VET 231
ALO 231
HAM 225

With those points, any one of the four would win the WDC by winning the last race of the season, regardless of where anyone else finishes. If Hamilton won and Webber finished second, both would be on 250 points with four wins but LH would have more second places than MW. Whoever you support, that would be a pretty tasty end to the season.

But if Alonso has a conservative race in Brazil and makes sure he gets, say, 5th place or better, then its probably going to be too much for Vettel and Hamilton to pull back.

Nigel K

October 27, 2010 9:52 PM

Whitmarsh knows pretty well that with Lewis complaining about the performace of his car throughout the race on radio, and seeing the condition of his tyres at the end of the race, there wasn't a snowball's chance that Lewis could have won the race in Korea against a much superior Ferrari and Fernando. Lewis only finished the race because he was in a very comfortable second position with Massa some 14 seconds behind him, so he was able to nurse his tyres to the end.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 27, 2010 9:55 PM

Richard, yes, but wasn't that against an inexperienced Hamilton and an incompetent Mclaren strategy management which was split between two drivers? I'd think overhauling Alonso in this year's Ferrari is a tougher prospect, especially with Massa out of the picture so everything can be geared around Alonso.

But don't you think it would be great to have all four going into the last race with a "winner takes all"? The whole season boiling down to one race? And then you'd go and get something daft like Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg taking the lead and everyone frantically trying to work out what the points mean now, and god help us if Sutil gets in the mix and has an engine failure on the last lap.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 27, 2010 10:09 PM

Nigel, I don't know about you, but I was pretty disappointed that Hamilton didn't seem to do much last race, and someone else pointed out that he was passed twice on the track and only managed to pass people in the pits. But if he'd adopted this boring conservative strategy in a couple of earlier races then he'd probably be leading the WDC by now. I'd rather see drivers go for it than worry about a safe drive for points, but I'm not sure how you can do anything about that.

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