F1 » Lewis Hamilton and Tony Stewart swap cars at Watkins Glen!

Mobil 1 orchestrated a unique car swap this week between former F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen. Here's what they thought of it...

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June 15, 2011 1:21 PM

Having actually watched the programme last night, on Speed, it was, in fact pretty good. Conditions were, at best iffy, and at the start very damp. Both drivers definitely went for it when swapped over. Of course it was a PR stunt, but for once, it was one that actually worked - and seeing an F1 car again at the Glen was brilliant. If you get the opportunity, try to watch it - don't knock it. If Austin is half as good a track, then June, or whenever, next year should be worth waiting for.

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 2:05 PM

I enjoyed watching it.

One thing I have to say though- I don't think either driver really "went for it."

Hamilton was faster in Stewart's car.
Stewart was faster in Hamilton's car.
(I have seen no times to confirm but that is what the broadcasters said.)

I think that is just a bit too convenient...

Plus the track was really not in good enough condition to push the cars THAT hard- rain and then damp track.
Still fun to see it though.


June 15, 2011 2:17 PM

Conditions dried as the session went on - hence times when they swapped were better. Hamilton certainly seemed to get the power right down out of turns - was squirming nicely out of shape. Stewart was certainly not pussy-footing around. Made for enjoyable TV.

MotoGP - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 2:32 PM

If Hamilton went to NASCAR, I'd start watching it. I've watched and followed F1 for decades, and it seems at the moment to be devolving into a series with arbitrary rules (4 cylinder turbos) no intelligent direction (Bernie)or leadership (Todt). A processional circus for the rich, pandering to their crap tracks in order to make a buck. (Monaco, all the Tilke tracks in all the oil-producing countries.

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