F1 » Hamilton 'cruising' before gear failure

Lewis Hamilton admitted that he'd been 'cruising' out in front of the Singapore Grand Prix in the moments before his gearbox failed, which he described as a 'heartbreaking' moment.

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Clone - Unregistered

September 23, 2012 6:13 PM

This season, McLaren produce an excellent car with two excellent drivers and ruin it through stupid mistakes in the races. Ferrari produce a poor car, only one top tier driver (sorry but Massa's just not with it) but get it right when it matters. Today was just one of whole series of errors this season. McLaren need to (i) keep Hamilton (ii) sort out their operational mistakes.

The Rest of The Story... - Unregistered

September 23, 2012 7:38 PM

Lewis tapped the wall in quantifying. He did this unassisted.

The USA coverage mentioned that Lewis declined a resulting suspected need for a gearbox change. He did this unassisted.

Gearboxa a blowa uppa.

Pole fever cost Lewis the race, or at least the gearbox failure.

Inconvenient for some, but true.


September 23, 2012 8:03 PM
Last Edited 1070 days ago

The Rest of The Story. Mark Webber also kissed the wall during Qualifying but it was the tire rim that was damaged his car temporarily. He did that unassisted too. The Singapore track is hard on gears with all of those corners also could have played a part on the McLaren driver's DNF.


September 23, 2012 8:05 PM

The way some of the fanboys talk you'd think Lulu's car breaks at every other race. McLaren keep letting epic Lulu down etc etc.
Lulu has had 4 that's FOUR mechanical DNF's in his whole F1 career! No other driver in F1 history has had better reliability than that after 100+ races!
Stop whining about McLaren being crap and start thinking about fortunate he's been with the cars that McLaren have given him.
Interestingly 3 of his 4 mechanical failures have been transmission related, Button's not had any transmission problems at McLaren, maybe Lulu is just hard on them....

Bfdskdfs - Unregistered

September 23, 2012 8:39 PM

Whitmarsh and most of the crew were looking calm and unmoved when Lewis's car failed, even though it handed the lead to Red Bull. When Jenson's car failed from 2nd in Monza, Whitmarsh and others had their head in hands, and the disappointment on their faces were obvious.

Very clear that they don't want Lewis driving for them next year.

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