F1 » Hamilton fumes at pit stop failures


A furious Lewis Hamilton has called for an inquest into his two disastrous pit stops during the Bahrain Grand Prix that lost his crucial time and track position.

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Ptolomy - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 2:34 AM

The nonsense a couple of posts back about Lewis Hamilton's "official statement at Formula1.com"...
Formula1.com is a propaganda tool by CVC, Bernie and company that provide only the sterile info that they want people to hear in order to mold public opionion of the sport.
This "statement" by Hamilton comes directly from a lawyer at McLaren who writes Hamilton's "statements" for him.
We know the real Hamilton who dresses-down anyone on the team he can to deflect blame.

JeffS86 - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 3:05 AM

50 cent -

Normally Id agree that a discussion behind closed doors would be the best first step. This is the 3rd race in a row that the team have had issues on one of the cars during the stops though. Schumacher hasn't had a wheel unsecured three races running. So i dont think its the worst thing in the world to say they need to look into the cause of the problem and find a way to fix it.

WebberStonerNo1

April 23, 2012 3:23 AM

I used to have this problem when i was involved in Formula Ford. After a 12 month investigation we determined that on certain Sundays of any given year the curvature of the earth and the position of the sun caused wheel nuts to jam/cross thread. We fixed the problem by having a plasma field around our rattle gun.

JeffS86 - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 3:46 AM

Webber,

Yes, sometimes things happen and thats just the way it goes. Mclaren's pit work has been inconsistent for both guys though and in a tight year that can make the difference. It would be an oversight to not see if there was something they could do to improve the process.

Matty - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 3:50 AM

Has any looked to see the stats... Lewis's pit crew has caused him how many problems over the years... Yes he has cost himself and the team points by driving like a (champ) race driver!!! was it china his first year... hmm lets keep him out on crap tyres and ooops lost the title due to running wide in the pits.... Its not hard to be a pit crew... would rather be .5 slower than 6.6 secs and then 9.3 Def not good enough for ANY f1 team especially a leading team like Mclaren..

107SS2009

April 23, 2012 3:56 AM

Jeff, the left rear wheel gun man was replaced after the first pit stop, read my first post.
The first problem wasn't the pegs engagement to the wheel rim, the problem was wheel gun engagement on the nut.

JeffS86

April 23, 2012 5:18 AM

107, I went back and re-read your post, and I see what you're saying. Where did you see that he was replaced after the first stop though? The info I've seen says that the same wheel gun man was involved in both of Hamilton's slow stops. Unless i'm reading the articles wrong and they're referring to the first slow stop today along with the slow stop in Malaysia.

50 Cent - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:40 AM

Jeff - "Schumacher hasn't had a wheel unsecured three races running. So i dont think its the worst thing in the world to say they need to look into the cause of the problem and find a way to fix it."

Good point Jeff but I don't think Hami had three consccutive races running where the pit crew botched his chances of winning. You could argue that what happen to Schumi was worse as he did not finish the race. I bet he would rather be delayed extra 9 seconds than not finish. Also, do you think that the best way of "looking into a problem" is discussing it with journalist?

Nas - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:56 AM

Lewis handled it surprisingly well after the race. This indicates he was aware of a problem beforehand and probably wasn't all that surprised at the incident.

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