F1 » Ecclestone predicts possible Hamilton exit

Bernie Ecclestone predicts another lacklustre season from Lewis Hamilton could signal the end of the 2008 world champion's career in F1.

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Honestly - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 2:03 AM

The writings on the wall,Lewis Hamiltons time in F-1 was over when Ron Dennis dissowned his creation and left Mclaren F-1 after lie-gate and the ensuing damage of the McLaren brand and the career ending of key McLaren personnel.Lewis is near the bottom of his bell curve with no redemption possible.It will be great to see that McLaren seat freed up so thet other talented drivers can have a chance.

selnor - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 3:14 AM

Perspective people.

Bernie says some things sometimes that seem left field.

Lewis won't leave the sport. Sennas carrier had alot more downs than hamiltons. Senna was more aggressive than Hamilton, spent more time in front of the stewards and got race bans. Would Bernie say today that senna may leave?

People give Lewis quite a hard time, while holding drivers like schumaccer and senna in high regard, yet both schui and sennas careers were fair more controversial.

Lewis is one of if not the most natryal talent on the grid. Is he hot headed? Hell yes. If he learns to control this I believe everyone on the grid would struggle to beat him. I hope he had a great car this year. Drs want created for him. He was one of the only drivers who made overtaking look easy before Drs and kers.

Silent observer - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 1:52 PM
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Selnor, you've hit the nail on the head! This is what some have been saying for years. If he tones it down, uses controlled aggression and lets the races come to him instead of trying to win them at the first corner, he'll win more of them easily. No one is asking him to slow it down, but he needs to use his intelligence more and pick his moments. Respect the opposition because they are just as hungry and will close the door. Fight the right fight on the race track. It will make him an even greater champion when he outthinks and outdrives his opponents and not barge them off the track!

Rico - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 3:29 PM

Mr. Ecclestone has posed a pair of interesting propositions. Let's take a closer look the world according to Bernie.

Part 1 A driver who's been part of a team since age 10yrs. or so, would view with distain his team/car in the second testing session, even, given evidence of a car capable of being a possible front runner in its current iteration. This same driver would likewise engage the, shall we say, eccentric promoter of the sport in a conversation relative to eventualities, particularly given this promoters past views, as expressed in reference to the driver. Additionally, the driver, having a flawed understanding of the tendencies of this promoter, would engage him in speculative commentary, albeit, in the absence of any manner of reason, particularly in light of his recent appointment of a manager charged to that end. This sequence of events would seem particularly ill-suited given the turmoil surrounding the difficult year of his recent past.

Part 2 The same promoter wo

Part 2 The same promoter would then postulate on the benefits of providing an additional litmus test to the experiment marking the return of a legendary star of the sport, upon whom bears all of the pressures to present a strong showing toward at least a podium finish in the third year since his return. This legendary driver would now be the subject for a drive in the second seat with the previous years champion constructor under the premise that given the opportunity, it would establish for all, whether this legendary driver's return challenges were a factor of equipment, as opposed to the physical requirements of the sport, and his ability to marshal the required attributes.

Wow! Welcome to the world of promotion, 101. Let's now offer a retort of what has been, versus what may come to be. Notice who are the subjects of the “promoter”? Remember, as a promoter in a competitive industry, the imperative is to emblazon one's strongest assets, so let's look at this expository from a

Rico - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 3:31 PM

The legend is starting a season where the product is new and promising, and expectations are high. But, they'll likely be that way until he finally retires for good. And no, I'm not saying, directly or indirectly, that the legend is ill-equipped, or that he should retire now. To the contrary, he has shown himself still in the top flight of drivers on the grid, regardless of equipment. What I am saying, is he is still one of the top draws to the sport. Therefore, “this promoter”, recognizing the rules of proper asset management, would look to him as a center of interest. Should the championship constructor's second seat driver be concerned? Not in the least, at least not for this year.

This other top driver is likewise a significant asset worthy of the speculative embrace of “this promoter”. He is a standard bearer for interest in the sport far and wide, and has helped bring additional global attention to a sport which already had a significant global presence and one which read

Rico - Unregistered

February 29, 2012 3:38 PM

readily dwarfs many of the world's most successful sports enterprises. My recommendation for “the promoter”, when venturing into the U.S. (or other countries with vast resources, and thirsts for new enterprises) for more than just a cameo, be aware that the patrons of “circle racing” will definitely recognize the opportunities offered through your sport, and will likely attempt to cannibalize members by mimicking the virtues of your sport, while offering an opportunity for these members to seek success under a different umbrella. It's not just matter of divining an equitable fee arrangement for teams, it's about maintaining the pureness of your sport, and enterprise. The grandest mistake of leaders of large conglomerates is their contention of being too big to fail, or lose marketshare, or, in some cases, just rationing themselves as bigger than the sport. In this global environment the entrepreneurial landscape is such that when one least expects it, marketshare simply disappears.

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