F1 » Hamilton free to begin Mercedes career


Lewis Hamilton has made his first official visit to the Mercedes factory in Brackley as he begins work on his 2013 season.

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Ptolomy - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 2:00 PM

Some here have compared Lulu to Schumi, or even suggested that Lulu is more capable than Schumi. This is laughable.
And others have berated Nico. Nico just may put Lulu in his place. After all, when looking at the points in 2010, 2011, and 2012, Button proved to be Hamilton's equal. Nico has compared favorably against an older, yet SEVEN time world champion. Nico might be the one to completely silence the Lulu fanbois for good. Its common sense.

he-man - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 2:47 PM

Ptolomy- I do not think Rosberg will put Hamilton in his place at all I think it will be a similar situation to what it was with Button.

Yes Button compared equally on points over their 3 years together but he was no where near Hamilton in terms of sheer outright speed.

The points dont really reflect the true differnce between the two drivers.

Also Rosberg struggled against Webber at Williams and Schumacher was well past his sell by date at Mercedes

I would put my tenner on Hamilton beating Rosberg in Qualifying, Race positions and points.

richard

December 18, 2012 3:01 PM
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he man. who comes out on top, no-one can predict. but at the end of the day, it is ONLY points that matter. nothing else. that is why button, who is more consistent, can equal lulu, who might be fast over a couple of laps, but rarely the race.
and as for nico, irrespective of whether or not schumi was past it, the simple fact is that nico WON a race. not too shabby in a car that was reckoned to be about fifth or sixth fastest. so obviously nico is fast. lulu on the other hand, was in what is acknowledged to be the fastest car, yet still managed only 4th in the wdc, only 2 points ahead of button.

Josh - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 3:12 PM

Let's not forget that China was Jenson's until McLaren ****d up yet *another* pitstop. Props to Nico for bringing it home in P1 but it was Jenson's weekend from the beginning, just got let down by his team.

he-man - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 3:16 PM

richard-I do not think Button was more consistent than Hamilton this season but he certainly had a lot more luck. In fact I think Button was very inconsistent this year especially the few races mid season where he was qualifying and racing in the midfield

Hamilton drove very well all season with no major mistakes of his own doing that I can recall, but I do recall a hell of a lot of pit **** ups and penalties that were not of his doing and of course the numerous times this year he retired whilst leading!

Yes he might have been in the fastest car but if its always breaking on him he's never going to claim the points!!



Mission control - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 6:19 PM

I can't see how anyone can compare 12 season with any other. How many other years have the tires been a lottery for half a season? Merc are chronic underachievers, when it clicks, I predict they'll provide an excellent car and now they have a pilot to push the boundries and another to lap it up and improve also. In my opinion Shuey's career is blighted with rumours of extra bits on his car and seriously dodgy accidents. How many current F1 drivers have "taken out" a title rival? He did. Lewis or Alonso and vettle, Massa and Raikonnen, top five as I see it. I know Massa has had a blip but his record is better than most.

Hertfordshire - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 6:42 PM

Good to see Mclaren and Mercs being amicable regards Lewis and its good to see Lewis taking his new responsibilities seriously as the new No1 at Arrows and must be seen by sensible F1 fans and pundits as a huge improvement compared to the 7xwdc who must now realize that he has made his come back against the best crop of F1 drivers maybe ever as racing the likes of Eddie Irvine and co are in a different league from these current lot who Murray Walker has said are making this the golden era of F1.

richard

December 18, 2012 8:07 PM

herty. well there is one thing about you...you are always good for a laugh!
nico and lulu have been given EQUAL status in the team, so, unless there is an agreement to nobble nico when he is ahead of lulu, they will be fighting for position.. and as regards schumi, maybe the fact that he came back to a car that had no advantage, and when all cars were much more equal than before, was a reason for his less than startling performance.
and muddy talker is well known for talking up each season as being the golden era.

finally, arrows folded a number of years ago, ask derek warwick. and if you are referring to "silver arrows", that term applies to auto union and mercedes, so using the term to apply solely to merc, is trying to rewrite history. but there again, you are not too hot in that respect, are you?

107SS2009

December 18, 2012 8:27 PM

I was genuinely stunned and flabbergasted when I read the comment/post that “there is a parallel between Lulu/Mercedes and Schumacher/FERARRI”, and to confuse me some more this was from somebody that I believed as being a long standing F1 follower, looks like I was wrong , he must have been following horse racing/riding and not F1.
Interesting to note reports saying that Lauda has already started flexing his muscles while Haug has hardly closed the door behind him on his way out yet, he is sure going to be liked/popular at Mercedes F1, I wonder how long he will last in his new job.

Tarso Marques - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 9:11 PM

@richard lulu and nico equal number ones are they??

Mercedes Salaries:

L.Hamilton : 30M Dollars per year
N.Rosberg : 10.5M Dollars per year

I guess some drivers are just more equal than others.

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