F1 » Hamilton delighted with maiden Mercedes outing

Lewis Hamilton had much to celebrate after the Australian GP, despite missing out on a podium finish after battling hard all afternoon.

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March 17, 2013 11:16 PM

Just a thought. ..it wld be nice if some folks stopped harking bac to the 'good old days' of f1. .shumi and Ferrari basically bought those champions much like Bramham in the 80's. .today's f1 is much fairer and a much level playing field even if some of the younger fans disagree. .believe me back then it was like 2 teams battling passing what looked liked parked cars. . Today's f1 is the golden era!

kiwibob - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 11:53 PM

prof-x - Unregistered i think lutus is the best on tyres not ferrari.

Chris keep it real just before he retired nico was losing 2 to 3 tenths a lap to lewis thats real check race

Merc need to get better tyre wear as with a 2 stop lewis would have halfed his ap behind leader because he had a late change but still better than last year my opinion .

Bad luck with sutil great on mediums but no good on reds at the end i shame as had a great race up to there.

Overall great race for the first and will be interesting next weekend hope Mcl can have an update and good to see button and hamilton still get on well

Marty - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 12:43 AM

Tough luck for all the Hamilton fans who imagined he'd turn up at Mercedes and blow Rosberg into the weeds!

If you look at all the numbers from Melbourne you're forced to conclude that Hamilton in his prime is about as quick as Schumacher in his dotage.

prof-x - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 12:54 AM

actually kiwibob, Ferrari were trapped behind Vettel for most of the beginning of the race, Ferrari had an awesome start, Ferrari sacrificed Massa who might have been faster than Alonso while Kimi was in open air for most of the race, running at his best pace.

No doubt Lotus had a great setup for their car, but if you look at last year, the tires are what saved Ferrari's butt, and it looks like Ferrari still have the edge, and I dont recall seeing Grosjean making great use of his tires when he was battling with midpackers.

If you ask me Ferrari will take two steps of the podium in Sepang unless Red Bull make some serious strides, but its clear, they will have to catch up like last year, and by the end of the year they will be able to make the best use of their car.

Its a shame really, this isnt racing at all, because there is no competition for tires, & Pirelli have complete control over their specification and tire allocation, its strictly for entertainment purposes only. At lea

prof-x - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 12:55 AM

... and tire allocation, its strictly for entertainment purposes only. At least F1 isnt as far gone as MotoGP, a complete joke of a series, that has about as much technological innovation as modern microwaves.


March 18, 2013 1:06 AM

I'm not overly anxious about tyre wear. .Brawn played for a 2 stopper hence tyre preservation being uppermost in their minds. .the question is why go for 2 stops. .didn't they have faith in the car. .seeing how in Q3 it was only .5 off the pole setter. .all very mysterious :) ...It was clear Mercedes, in Lewis's case, was going for the win...A tactical error never to be repeated. .Mr Wolff won't stand for it.

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