F1 » Hamilton makes 'positive steps' in practice


Lewis Hamilton: I'm happy with the direction that we're going and let's see what the weekend brings

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Westy - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 3:19 PM

Gwd luck to the merc boys tomorrow rosberg is right tho to concentrate more on race pace if there's none there it's hard to make positions . Where 1 lap quickness doesn't really count for much if you can't back it up with race pace ... Hamilton to qualify in front of rosberg I reckon this guy is super quick over 1 lap no matter what car or what teammate !!

bob - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 4:08 PM

Hamilton is no doubt one of the best qualifiers in F1, but quite why people take that as some measure of how good an F1 driver he is I'll never know.

Last time I checked, most F1 GP's are slightly longer than 1 or 2 laps.

It's exactly the same as saying that a boxer who can hit the hardest is the best. Absolutely zero point in hitting the hardest if you can only throw 1 punch!

Dumper - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 5:25 PM

I'm impressed by Mercedes emminently sensible approach.
In these days of limited testing, it makes a lot of sense to focus on long runs and understanding the tyres, rather than getting sucked into a battle for fastest lap, for which there are no prises on day one.

Gilles

March 22, 2013 5:31 PM

@bob, that is a ridulous comment. Of course it is a measure of how good a driver is, that's why qualifying is so important. If you can drag a car to a higher grid position, then you have a better chance of scoring more points or controlling the race

richard

March 22, 2013 5:56 PM

gilles. bob has a point. a person can put in a very fast lap in quali, but neither he nor the car may be able to keep up that pace for a race distance. the starting tyre could be destroyed etc etc. i think that you would be unable to find a single race where even the fastest lap has been near the quali pace. yeah it helps if you can start at the front and then control the race, but if everybody did that, there would be no need for a race!

Freddie Freeloader - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 7:05 PM

Richard, Giles is 100% correct. Qualifying is always key in F1. SV is total proof of this. If MW could qualify as well as SV he might have got a WDC but he cannot match SV at all in the same car. In fact MW gets out qualified by LH quite often. Meanwhile SV got the fastest car, puts it on pole and usually wins the race. Also, none of these drivers destroy their tires - they aint stupid, they are all top drivers. The cars degrades them cause there designed to fall apart which I really don't like. I'd rather see them race and push the car with a few slides and lock ups

Geno - USA - Unregistered

March 22, 2013 9:07 PM

SV has often used a strategy that involves qualifying P1, then streaking away at the start so nobody can use the DRS to pass him and he stays in clean air. I suspect that his car was configured in a way to support this (clean air) strategy and that may be why he was not as good as some others when he got caught in traffic.

With these new gimmick tires, drivers will be obsessed with conserving them. I predict fewer passes in the upcoming races if they are dry. Bring on the sprinklers, Bernie!

Taipan

March 22, 2013 9:17 PM

Hmm with the exception of a couple of sensible posters this thread looks like a Lulu love in!

So qualifying is all important eh? strange then that Lulu thrashed Button in qualifying over three seasons but Button scored more points than the little epic one during that period. That means one of 2 things fanboys...

A. Lulu was far worse than Button during a race.

or

B. Button was far better than Lulu during a race.

Take your pick.

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