F1 » Schumacher 'harsh', says Whitmarsh, as Hamilton holds tongue

Perhaps mindful of his own succession of run-ins with rivals and race stewards this season, Lewis Hamilton has remained tight-lipped on his duel with a 'super-aggressive' Michael Schumacher in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza...

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hocuspokus - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 3:28 PM

Hmmm, seemed like good racing to me, I saw Schumacher (on one occasion) move twice to defend his position but they all do that at some time or another, hadly a hanging offense.

If you want to talk harsh look at that move Alonso pulled on Vettel, forcing him over onto the grass.
That was as dangerous as it gets, completely calculated & totally deliberate but naturally with it being Alonso, in Italy and in a Ferrari not an official word is spoken about it.


James Montgomery

September 12, 2011 3:50 PM
Last Edited 1696 days ago

Hamilton given a taste of his own medicine....

Apart from moving across once at the Lesmo's, I don't see what schuy did that was wrong, he was forceful with his defences but very well calculated with them too.. look at him going into ascari, always looking in the mirrors as breaking to make sure there was enough room for him to take the racing line back (more than what could be said for Hamilton at Spa).

This was old school racing that I remember seeing 10 years ago from Hakkinen and Schumacher when battling for the lead! You don't get that anymore, Schuy was just doing what we all love/hate about him - being himself!

Hamilton was wayyy too timid for the whole race anyway, 21 laps it took to get past him (only because of schuy missing a gear) whilst button took 1 lap!

Go onto the BBc's website, look for the 1991 Italian Grand Prix Highlights, back then it was considered a great battle.... today that would be enough to get you thrown out the race!

Maroc - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 3:50 PM

Tut tut Whitmarsh, behave yourself, If it was Hamilton doing the same to Schumi, you would be singing from a different hymn sheet, Hamilton did exactly the same to Kobyashi in Spa, moving to the right and then back to the left, tripping over Kobyashi front wheel and putting himself out of the race, or dont you remember that??.


September 12, 2011 3:58 PM
Last Edited 1696 days ago

@James Montgomery with his attendance record at sterwards office I don't blame him for being timid. If a crash had occured, knives on every F1 will be sharpened and Hamilton may get most of the hits. He said he wanted to finish the race and he did...without incident. Anyway whether he was biting his lip or not I think Lewis is right to keep quiet about the whole thing.


September 12, 2011 4:02 PM

C'mon Martin, couple of races ago Lewis would have crashed, this time he thought better of putting his car into a gap up against the barriers. And Lewis holding his tongue after the race was (dare I say it) a sign of self control. He has been exposed to a dose of reallity and it will serve him well.

Jay - Unregistered

September 12, 2011 4:20 PM

Am so happy that we have left Europe.... I was wondering what would ve happen if Schummy had done the same to one of the Golden boys? (Vettel, Alonso and Button)? Lewis didnt pass... people call him weak, if Lewis pass and causes an accident people like (Nikki Lauda) would leave their rocking chair looking for a 15 minute of fame...


September 12, 2011 4:28 PM

No surprise coming from Whitmarsh (location mclaren) but Whitmarsh didn't think it was even a shade harsh back in Malaysia when his Lulu weaved no less than six times in front of Petrov on one of the widest straights on any circuit.

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