F1 » Chinese Grand Prix 2013: Hamilton snatches last-second pole

In a qualifying session dominated by teams having to cagily manage tyre use, Lewis Hamilton claimed his first pole for Mercedes ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

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April 13, 2013 12:12 PM

bob. you seem to be getting it today!
but you are certainly on the ball. first of all, it is nice to see merc getting some result, even if it is only pole in one race. but on tyres, they have been bad and the softs will only last 6-7 laps. so lulu would need to get a cushion of maybe 20 secs in those first laps. of course, all the other softees will have to do the same. as soon as they pit, those on mediums will sweep by, change to mediums again mid race and then put on the softs for the last couple of laps.
we may not know who is likely to win until the last few laps. could be interesting.

bob - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 12:33 PM


Of course Hamilton has a podium. Obviously you missed the point.

@cookie tried to tell us all, yet again, that Hamilton is so epic simply because he has a pole and podium.

My point, for the slow amongst us, is that the only reason he has a podium is because in the last race, his team mate, who by admission of Hamilton, drove a much better and controlled race and was subsequently much faster than Hamilton at the end of the race, was told not to overtake Hamilton.

You're not really going to claim that Hamilton has a Mercedes podium to his name simply because he's good are you?

bob - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 12:37 PM

What a classic.

Button wins the 2009 WDC and the ENTIRE achievement is written off by Hamilton fans cause he had the fastest car.

Hamilton takes a podium with Mercedes while driving almost as slow as the pace car with his much faster team mate told to NOT overtake and this is chalked up as a podium that proves how great Hamilton is?



April 13, 2013 1:04 PM
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bob. lauda, on behalf of merc, said that there were no longer team orders in merc. but now toto has come out and basically said that nikki doesnt know what he is talking about, and of course there will be team orders! looks as if the friction is starting.

now, nicos car is nobbled before the start of quali, and is deliberately detuned to ensure that lulu beat him.......

i love conspiracies, dont you? :p :p

bob - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 1:15 PM

Attention one and all.

For the record, I thought Hamilton had a great lap and obviously deserved pole.

However, given the situation with tyres, I think going for pole was not a very good move and I can't believe how many went out after pole on the soft tyre.

I fully expected most of them to come out in Q3 on the mediums.

We'll see tomorrow who got it right. But anyone who rights off Button and especially Vettel tomorrow is very silly indeed.

Maxx - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 1:19 PM

Then again, if you were seeking to justify the enormous spend your parent company is investing, following 3 lacklustre seasons, then maybe chasing pole has its benefits in the boardroom..

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