F1 » Hamilton still bookies tip for F1 2012 title

Lewis Hamilton is the bookmakers favourite to win the drivers' championship this year, while for Bahrain, Hamilton and Jenson Button are both 5/2 to win in the Gulf State...

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«2PAC» #ByAnyMeansNecessary

April 17, 2012 8:13 AM
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i love how people criticise drivers like they know them intimately, when of course they don't. its prudent to remember the impression you get from the media is not always 100% correct.

anyway... at the moment i would actually give button the edge over hamilton. i think 9 times out of 10 hamilton will out quali button but over a race distance somehow button appears more consistent. i think it's all down to the tyres. these tyres seem to favor the more conservative driver over the more aggressive so for me button just has the edge.

ronsgoldenboy - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 9:49 AM

2PAC you are spot on. Anyone who knows f1 can see that Lewis cant manage the pirelli's like Jenson for the simple reason aggressive driving like Lewis does will make these tires wear quicker as they were deliberately designed that way. Lewis is now in Jenson territory and is doing a good job, and i feel Lewis is closing the the gap between himself and the more naturally smoother Jenson regards making tyres last throughout a race but i agree that is the only thing that Jenson has over Lewis, as we see in quali were the tyres don't do much runs as in a race Lewis can go hell for leather and will be quicker than his teammate.

But i have to admit when both were in traffic Lewis seemed to struggle to pass Massa and Perez where Jenson made less of a meal. Jenson has massively improved in this department


April 17, 2012 8:24 PM

I agree fully on that, I am amazed at how often in the past people have looked at Hamilton's reckless over-agression and called him "the best overtaker" in F1, when in the garage next door we have Jenson who is genuinely good at racing wheel-to-wheel, hard but fair without crashing into people. I remember Heidfeld was exceptional and also underrated in wheel-to-wheel racing but he's gone now so I would probably rate Jenson and Kobayashi as the strongest overtakers right now.

«2PAC» #ByAnyMeansNecessary

April 17, 2012 8:32 PM

one thing is for sure, the new rule about drivers giving other drivers space (a cars width) during overtaking seems to have made a difference this year.

there were some very close but fair passes over the last weekend and last season i think some of those passes may have ended in lots of carbon fibre splinters.

D-Fuct - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 8:53 PM

The most balanced debate on crash net thus far. They are both brilliant drivers with different skill sets and apparently different psychological make up. I think Lewis will always have a small edge over JB over a single timed lap but JB applies his apparently sharper intellect to play the long game. His tendency to accept LH's quali edge and hence transfer his focus to race set-up is very smart. That said, LH v2012 would appear to be a more rounded animal than v2011 although he still looks more tightly wound than JB. Then again, most people look tense next to JB!

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

April 18, 2012 2:05 PM

My take is thus:

If McLaren imitate the Merc DRS tweak quickly and effectively, LH will take more poles and win the WDC from the front.

If McLaren DON'T do so and still qualify behind the Mercs, JB will win the WDC by greater racecraft.

IF the Mercs don't continue their form of course

And IF FA doesn't outperform his car too much more


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