F1 » Italian Grand Prix, Monza - Friday free practice (1)

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton leads the way in opening practice at Monza ahead of his team-mate Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel.

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Sven - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 11:26 AM

can anyone confirm the apex speeds of the various corners, last I saw ( while at work, so it was a bit of a blur) looked like Hamilton 9kph faster than Vettel... smells of sandbagging on the RedBull to me... but would love to know what the final speed checks were...

ron'sgoldenboy - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 11:37 AM

elijah, i watched practice on freeview on channel 301 and was listening to Morris Hamilton, and i was quite impressed with his impartiality regards the Lewis situation and him saying although Lewis has had an up and down season Mclaren has to take a lot of the blame with poor calls and poor strategies this season. I thought how refreshing it was to here someone give a credible reason for Lewis's situation this season rather than just banging on about his celeb life style like some on this forum.


September 09, 2011 11:57 AM


I didn't hear Morris Hamilton but I can only agree, McLaren have made a lot of poor calls this season which have affected not only Lewis but also Button. With the car not quite as good as the Red Bull in most races Whitmarsh has to be as sharp as his drivers, something he certainly has not been this season. There's been at least two or three races where they've held Lewis back because there simply was not enough fuel in the car. I can't remember the race now but at one point Lewis had not even completed half of the race and he was told repeatedly to save fuel to his utter frustration. This is just crazy. I hope for Lewis that Spa marks his season low, he is 100% unaffected by his brief loss of consciousness and from now on we will see a resurgent Lewis.

norville2 - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 12:08 PM

About time we have posters on here being positive about Lewis, there are too many posters here giving him a hard time. The thing is most of those posters have never raced or even been to a race.

As i said before, for a site that is all about motorsports there is very litte on these boards regarding the actual racing. It seems most posters are only here to deflame the drivers.


September 09, 2011 12:10 PM

Ok guys seriously, Mclaren's calls had nothing to do with Hami's bumper bashing fest at Monaco, nor his coming together with Jenson in Canada, nor him spinning out in Hungary... I'm not seeing the point of the argument.

If you want to argue that he can blame frustration, don't you think Jenson had more reason to be frustrated after a pit member managed to forget to put a wheel nut on? And then Hydraulic failure?

Lewis has been far too brash this season and has admitted it. Why can't his fans?


ron'sgoldenboy - Unregistered

September 09, 2011 12:38 PM

@ Nick36

Partly agree regards Monaco, but if Mclaren weren't trying to be clever in allowing Lewis to do only one lap in the pole shoot out to save tyres then Lewis would have most probably won Monaco. You should always get a banker lap in. As for the race yes i do believe Lewis was frustrated and took out his frustration on Massa and Maldonado ands was out of order, but as we see with Lewis we also get brilliance with the pass on the 7 times wdc and the epic pass in the tunnel on Maasa.

In Canada Jenson apologised after the race saying he did not see Lewis that says to me Jenson accepting blame, although i feel Button just had enough of Lewis passing him for fun and just decided to take him out, just my opinion. And at Silverstone, how on earth do you short fuel f1's quickest driver thinking he would not have race pace because he had a bad quali.

Mclaren must do better.


September 09, 2011 1:06 PM

ron..that is a very sweeping statement that lulu probably would have won at monaco? he didnt! and who knows what might have happened. i am glad to see that you accept that lulu was at fault with massa and maldonado, there are some diehards who still maintain that he wasnt at fault. but as for your "epic" pass of massa in the tunnel? what epic pass? he had damaged massas car to the extent that flip had lost downforce. i wouldnt call passing a crippled car, "epic".
further, to say that button decided to take lulu out, in canada...? you leave me speechless................

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