F1 » McNish: Mercedes favouring Hamilton

Allan McNish says he feels Mercedes is putting its backing behind Lewis Hamilton in the 2013 F1 title race

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John - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 1:35 AM

@"was it my imagination or did Vettel only just make it to the line"

I'd say your fevered imagination, but in either case the answer is "Yes, it was your imagination".

Ray Goodyear - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 9:08 AM

I suspect Mcnish is right but lets give it a few more races before we can be certain. And Thatcher ? We might still have a car industry without her, amongst other things of course.

bob - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 1:35 PM

All this nonsense about holding station after the last pit stop is nothing short of ridiculous and insulting to the fans. A race is from lights out to chequered flag, not last pit stop!!!!

For all you Hamilton love boys out there, perhaps you should listen to Hamilton himself, who, for once in his life actually spoke sense.

He believes that Rosberg should have beaten him because, and I quote, 'Nico drove a better and more controlled race than I did'.

In other words fanboys, Nico was faster because he had more fuel that Hamilton because he didn't burn up as much as Hamilton did during the race.

gazza - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 2:42 PM

I cant see how you say team orders are giving up!
The drivers are paid and employed by their team.
The team are in charge, so given an order, a team member does what is asked.
If the drivers have special conditions in their contracts, these will be applied accordingly.
Webbers contract is ignored and says he will always bow to Marko's one eyed view. When Mark first had Seb as team mate, he could hold his own v easily. Since Seb took them both out in Turkey 10, the team have not liked their wheel to wheel dices. Lewis and Nico have a genuine friendship, but it will be tested with their new rivalry, especially when Nico sees it as an uneven playing field.


April 09, 2013 3:14 PM

gazza. the drivers are not employees, they are contracted! and i doubt very much that team orders are mentioned in the contracts (other than massas?)
a driver is contracted to provide the best possible result, and i am not saying that they are giving up, what i am saying is that by brawn holding back nico, he could not provide his best result.

as regards webber, this is now old hat, and webber has repeatedly ignored team orders, so if he can get away with ignoring them, how can you expect anyone else to accept them. incidentally, webber was running out of fuel, and did not turn his engine down.
finally, horner has also stated that other top drivers would also ignore team orders in such a situation.

its over and done with...lets move on!

Mark _

April 09, 2013 3:48 PM

@Take it or leave it - Actually I think that people said that Mercedes would be mid pack not Hamilton. They also said that Nico would give Lewis a run for his money. Lewis's fans must have cringed at the way that Nico out raced him in Malaysia. History has shown that Mercedes cannot keep up with the pace of development during the season so I am afraid that it is not going to get any easier for them once the European races start.


April 09, 2013 4:04 PM
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Bob, why you find it ridicules and insulting perhaps shows how out of touch you are with the sport since they reintroduced team orders.
Lets get real, Ross Brawn had to explain the reasons for holding station further to Rosberg who was specifically told Hamilton could go faster but was conserving fuel.When Rosberg overtook Hamilton, Lewis in turn overtook him right back which shows Nico wasn't able to do a runner so to speak.
What is it with this Hamilton fanboy dribble you keep referring to, what is the big deal with being a Hamilton fan or any other f1 driver on the current paddock. Let sleeping dogs lie my dear fellow, time and again you seem to be speaking to one audience. Expand your horizon and address the thread at hand.
In reference to McNish and his comment. I would tend to agree with him. Deep down after acquiring the services of Hamilton (who has according to Mercedes themselves uplifted the team) they would prefer him to be in a strong position and not to have any doubts

bob - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 4:39 PM


I'm can't really believe that I have to explain this again, but here goes...

No one is denying the fact that had Hamilton had more fuel he had the ability to have gone faster than he was at the end of the race.

But the fact remains, in the last portion of the race in Malaysia Hamilton COULD NOT have gone any faster than he was - if he did, he would have run out of fuel.

Rosberg, as admitted to by Hamilton, had more fuel because he drove a smarter race, hence COULD have gone much faster at the end of the race than Hamilton.

Rosberg was penalised because Hamilton used too much fuel. How is that fair?

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