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Lewis Hamilton: I have to say big congratulations to Nico. He drove a smarter and more controlled race than me this afternoon

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Charlieboy - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 8:48 PM

Lewis showed incredible maturity here, more than many of you might realise. As Ross Brawn said over the radio, we are asking Lewis to do that pace so we are controlling him too, in other words Nico was not faster than Lewis in outright pace and would have just run low on fuel.

Nico was not exactly honorable in that race, he was just considering pulling what Vettel did on Mark - disobeying instruction in order to pass his team-mate who actually was following orders and therefore relatively hindered for speed.

If Nico wanted the position then he should have been quick enough to pass Lewis on track before they were both told to fuel-save and tyre-save. Or maybe qualify quick enough?

Lewis was happy to just let Nico seem like the honorable one in all that and appear as the one who benefited from a team decision, just to retain team harmony and absorb the press negativity.

Marty Harris - Unregistered

March 25, 2013 11:27 PM

Still trying to figure out why no one has noticed that Schumacher generally had the edge on pace over Rosberg last season and Rosberg is matching or even surpassing Hamilton so far this season. Simple logic dictates that Hamilton, in his prime, is about as quick as Schumacher in his dotage.

This, by the way, is not to belittle Hamilton - to be about as quick as Schumacher is something every F1 driver would dream of. It's more a comment on the one-eyed British F1 media who with the honorable exception of Murray Walker, failed for 20 years to appreciate Schumacher set a benchmark for F1 greatness.

jim crint - Unregistered

March 26, 2013 9:44 AM

@charlieboy - "Nico was not exactly honorable in that race, he was just considering pulling what Vettel did on Mark - disobeying instruction in order to pass his team-mate who actually was following orders and therefore relatively hindered for speed"

What utter rubbish! How could you possibly know what Nico was or was not 'considering'? He obeyed a team order not to pass Hamilton, you can't get any more 'honorable' than that!

They both started the race with the same amount of fuel. Nico wasn't in fuel saving mode, Hamilton was, and that means that Nico was quicker than Lewis, who, like he said, 'had not managed his race as well as Nico'.

35edme - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:44 AM

Anyone remember Kimi at Ferrari, we pay you, you sit for as long as we fell like it. Would Vettel have tried this with Ross or Luca? I don't think so. Ist team order, you pay this or you can't race. Another team order, you can only test these days. Did I mention the types of tyres and the quantity? How fat is an F1 driver and why? No we've never had team orders in F1 or any other type of racing. Problem, Stuck. Lang, Fangio etc would all disagree, and from day 1. Ever heard of borrowing a mechanic?

Shakey - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 5:32 PM

Has anybody stopped to consider that maybe Ross was protecting the 3/4 finish? It's crunch time at Mercedes after any awful return to F1 and a guaranteed 3/4 finish in only the 2nd race of the season is better than anybody could have predicted.

Lewis was low on fuel and would not have been able to defend his 4th place if anybody caught up with him. And also there's no guarantees Nico could've caught the Red Bulls with the state of his tyres.

But no, it's all Lewis hating and bullsh1t as usual here, close-minded and short-sighted muscle memory with no thought process at all.

Now if in 10 races time when Mercedes have a genuine fight at Red Bull and Mercedes pull this again THEN you know if Lewis is favoured and Nico is pushed aside again.

If you hate Lewis so much, stop watching the f***ing races and get off this site because one way or another he's going to be ALL OVER your TV until he retires.

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