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 9:12 PM

@"sorry john , i've just watched the end of the race again and it definitely looked to me that Vettel was swerving from side to side coming out of the last corner to approach the finish line"


It looks like that to me as well. I'm just bemused and amused by your claim that this shows he was running out of fuel.

richard

April 09, 2013 9:20 PM

sunny. i guess that we will never know the truth!

john. i think that the swerving was just the normal type of swerving done by a winner. seb had fuel for another lap and would not need to swerve to ensure enough fuel went to the engine.

Andy - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 9:46 PM

Like Mclaren weren't favouring Button....over the years... I could remember Macca telling one driver to save fuel and telling the other one to speed up, People need over them selves it happens all the time, Alonso had half of the grid move from the clean side to the dirty side..... but its ok, am sorry McNish could go and do one....

bob - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 9:51 PM

@Richard and Sunny

My understanding is that all driver contracts contain clauses to the effect that they have to obey any and all instructions from the team management. This much would seem obvious, otherwise why the hell bother with a team manager?

On another note, in the workplace for the purposes of Health and Safety legislation, all contractors and sub contractors are considered 'employees' of a company.

This aside, any traditional employee of a racing team would have far greater freedom and room to move than any driver would owing to the, what I imagine would be, massive and hugely complicated contracts.

bob - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 9:55 PM

@Andy

That's not favouring Button, as all you Hamilton bum boys like to think. It's just ANOTHER classic example where Hamilton burns up all his fuel in the race while his team mate, who kept pace with him all race, drove a more intelligent race and had more fuel in the end.

35edme - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 10:07 PM

Rich, we all know that the teams know more about the immediate condition of the car than the drivers, you've educated us about that, remember. We've also seen drivers warned to take actions to protect the cars before they knew something was going wrong. Seb had some such warnings and, if he,the Champion didn't know beforehand, how could lesser drivers than him know. Remember the gearbox overheating etc? To most people, fanboys or not, Brawn and his team knew what was happening, he made the decision he was hired to do, boss's call,and wasn't prepared to reverse it because he is the lone boss. If other teams are structured differently then please don't criticize Ross. Did you speak to Newey to ask why he was so upset. We'd all like to know but don't have inside knowledge. Can you get this info please?

rob01 - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 10:20 PM

i still think red bull was looking to show Webber they would help him. that way later in the year Webber would help vettel instead of fighting him. seb ruined the teams effort and also the chance mark will EVER help now. just my two cents.

107SS2009

April 10, 2013 5:47 PM

Re the “swerving from side to side because an F1 car was running out of fuel”. There was a time when a metal fuel tank's was dropped inside a space in the car and just filled through a big funnel and when the engine was felt to be cutting out swerving the car was common practice, those days are long gone. The modern F1 fuel tank is fitted with a very complex set of baffles, these baffles are fitted with one way trap doors to prevent fuel moving around inside the tank (prevent fuel slosh) which is something to be avoided.

107SS2009

April 10, 2013 5:59 PM

Rob, All RBR and Mercedes were looking at was the safest way to take home the points haul as at that time in the race.
I am still of the opinion that the (low on fuel and favouring one driver over another had nothing to do with those two team orders.

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