F1 » Stewart: Hamilton can be champion


Sir Jackie Stewart says he feels Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes could emerge as challengers for the 2013 F1 title

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Stuart - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 12:28 PM

@Oldtimer

Couldnt agree more.

"Can" means nothing. Rules state that any driver 'Can' challenge for the title, but will they? JS waffles pointless drivel year on year.
Should sling his sporon.

whizzo - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:00 PM

Why don,t jackie sit down and rest his self i think he is having memory loss also was,nt he the one that said lewis i making a mistake leaving mc-claren and that mec was finishing with f1 go and sleep Sir Jackie

Objective

April 05, 2013 1:00 PM

A nothing story really. You could substitute a number of names instead of Lewis'. It is too early yet to get a true idea of the relative strengths of the various car/driver combinations. I think after the first two European rounds we will have a better idea.

This is no longer about who the fastest driver is. It is about who can manage their tyres best while driving at about 90%.

jim crint - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:27 PM

objective , that last statement about tyres I couldn't agree with more. Sad state of affairs for the premier Motorsport category. It's approaching farce now.

Of course Lewis can be champion! With the resources and the people Mercedes have, anything's possible. But he went backwards in the race in Oz and only made the podium at Sepang because his team mate was told not to overtake so its a little early for meaningful predictions.

Ed - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 1:47 PM

Jack Stewart, great driver when given any car and great sports commentator when he's not commenting...

Hamilton doesn't have to worry about Nico simply because Mercedes already proved he doesn't have to. He also doesn't have to worry about Kimmi because Lotus will not have the funds to develop the car to the same level of it's competitors. For now, he has to worry Alonso, Massa (to a degree) and Vettel.

The good news is that since last race every driver in the paddock got a new team mate that is willing to be his wingman, Mark Webber. Well, everyone but Vettel that is.

John - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 3:19 PM

"since last race every driver in the paddock got a new team mate that is willing to be his wingman, Mark Webber."


Since last race?

Somebody didn't watch the last few seasons of F1.

John - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 3:23 PM

"Mercedes have got themselves a very expensive driver and they'll want him to do well."

That's the bottom line here - having shelled out twenty million quid Mercedes HAVE to have Hamilton do well. It would be immensely embarrassing for them if Nico were exceed or even to equal Hami's performance. So by hook or by crook Lewis will finish the season ahead of his teammate.

richard

April 05, 2013 3:34 PM

john. exactly, and that is what i have been saying since nico was stopped from passing lulu. and you should go to planet f1. there is an interesting article on the webber/vettel issue, again saying what you and i have been saying, that is that nobody knows if or when webber turned down his engine, and it also sheds a new light on the race and webber apparently backing up vettel to have him passed by the mercs.

cookie - Unregistered

April 05, 2013 3:59 PM

Aaahh So now eveytime Hamilton beats Rosberg it will be because of team orders not allowing Rosberg past.

I guess that was the same in the last 2 qualifying session also then was it? They deliberately held Nicos car back a few tenths to srop him beating Hamilton?

Hes paid that sort of money for a reason you know.
If they thought Nico was in the same league they would be paying him 20M per season and number one status. Afterall hes been there a while its not as though they dont know him!
I think the likes of Brawn, Wolff Lauda etc probably know a little more about a drivers skill and potential than the likes of Richard, Taipan bob etc..

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