F1 » Defiant Hamilton vows 'I'll never give up!'


Lewis Hamilton has vowed to do all he can to salvage some points from the back of the grid in the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Josh - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 8:03 AM

I still think the penalty doesn't fit the crime. Delete his Q3 time and drop him back to P10, simple isn't it? An underfueled car is McLaren's fault, not Hamilton's, he's just being made an example of again.

Bully boys - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 8:05 AM

It does sound like Mclaren were trying it on with the Force Majeur excuse but the penalty was over the top. Putting him bottom of the Q1 times would have been more fair.

Those guys who decided not to post a time should be punished in some way as that is also bending the rules IMO.

Bryan G - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 8:24 AM

I will be very surprised if Martin Whitmores tenure as team principal lasts beyond the end of the season - there have been too many mistakes made recently which have cost both McLaren drivers points.Ron Dennis would never have tolerated this lack of professionalism.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 8:46 AM

Wow, I think that this is the first time that Lewis got a penalty without making anything wrong for his part. The stewarts had called Lewis many times in recent years because of his many mistakes but this time his team members should get a penalty and not him. Whatever, I think is better this way (for the race), watching a Williams again starting from pole is wonderful. I am sure that Maldonado will do a better job fending his position than Hulkenberg did two years ago.

107SS2009

May 13, 2012 8:49 AM

Most of Lulu's supporters are saying that the penalty is harsh, but they are ignoring the fact that this is a repeat breach of the regulations of the same kind.
A repeat breach of the regulations of this kind (this is at least the third time) deserves a race ban (not allowed to start the race).
I know it sounds harsh but history shows that repeat offenders will not be reformed unless the appropriate punishment is mated out.

Sasha - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 8:51 AM

It may have been a factor that McLaren has not come clear honestly with the situation. Ok, you underfuel the car by mistake and take pole. Why not be honest to the marshals after the car would have stopped on track anyway: Sorry, we made a mistake. Maybe they would have put him on 11th place.

No, Mclaren decided to be dishonest. Stop the car because they knew it had insufficient fuel and told the stewards that it was "something technical" and later pushing for a force majeur, again trying to be dishonest. I guess that is why they are not in P11 but at the back of the grid.

They knew it did not have enough fuel earlier but kept Hamilton running anyway. Team 100% at fault, driver in the s*it because of a team F-up.

Dee - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 8:56 AM

My first thought was that this punishment was ridiculous. Delete the time from that run and instead use the time from his first Q3 run. But the more I think about it, the more the punishment seems correct. The team know how much fuel is in the car. They can tell the driver when to adjust the fuel mix. Yet the team let Lewis run the lap in full knowledge that they were breaking the rules. When you take into account the warnings after the Canada race last year (or the year before?), this was deliberate breaking of the rules.

Lewis did nothing wrong. I hope he quickly gets back up to the front today. I can't believe his team were as short-sighted as they were to do this to him.

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