F1 » F1 China 2013: 'Fernando and Kimi just too fast,' admits Lewis


"Whilst I would have loved the win, I'm really happy with third place ... Fernando and Kimi were just a little bit too fast for us," said Hamilton

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Ben - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 3:58 PM

@Richard

You said: "westy. correct me if i am wrong, but didnt nico actually have a WIN last year, in a car that was less competitive?
lulu could not even get past a car that was damaged and had little downforce"

Actually let me correct you. You're wrong. I can't believe someone who claimed to be so much knowledgeable of F1 would make such bold statement about a race that happened just 12 months ago. I hope you're not having one of those senior moments.

Last year Rosberg qualified on pole position with a lap over 5/10 quicker than that of Hamilton (then at McLaren) in second, with Schumacher making up the top 3. After Hamilton was handed a 5 place grid penalty, it became a Mercedez 1-2 at the start of the race. Rosberg comfortably won the race with a bigger margin (about 20 seconds) than Alonso today, with Button second and Hamilton fighting back to take 3rd from Vettel.
Early on last season, Mercedez was fast and very competitive, with their front wing F-Duck that other teams were

Ben - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 4:07 PM

Early on last season, Mercedez was fast and very competitive, with their front wing F-Duck that other teams were complaing about as they considered it to be illegal. They were just too slow in developping the car throughout the season and other teams caught up on them.
Are we going to see the same trend with the current car? Only time will tell, but at least they have someone called Hamilton who will extract the last 1/10 from the car anytime, thus showing the true pace of it.

richard

April 14, 2013 4:15 PM

ben. anyone who is in the know, will acknowledge that the merc was a slow car last year! all i am replying to is the comment that lulu had done better than either of last years drivers. he hasnt!

Brian - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 4:58 PM

You posters are so funny! Lewis has reached the ultimate in racing and some of you can't even give him credit for that. Put it like this...... While you guys are on you video games trying to master the track simulations, Lewis is actually on those track racing the likes of kimi, alonza, Seb etc. What great names who you raced against? Oh I forgot.... you race and win against a racer called GUEST!

Jim Clausen

April 14, 2013 5:40 PM
Last Edited 505 days ago

I think Hamilton is finally maturing as a F1 pilot. He's beginning to understand what it takes to win a WDC. I know, I know, he already has one, but I would say that championship was fortuitous, at best. Hamilton's performance this year is shaping up to be his best ever. His move to Mercedes appears to be mutually beneficial.

Pireilis aside, this year's championship has the makings of one of the best.

Senna forever

April 14, 2013 5:53 PM

come along Richard, you like your stats and being picky, you say that LH hasn't done as well as either of last years drivers but only because Nico had a win .... here's another stat for you to jump all over
2012 Australia Nico 12th MS retired
Malaysia Nico 13th MS 10th
China Nico 12th MS retired
2013 Australia LH 5th
Malaysia LH 3rd
China LH 3rd
reading it like that LH has so far has a more pointworthy season albeit no win as yet, if we follow that trend Mercedes are doing better in the constructors championship as well

Ben - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 6:15 PM

@Richard

I agree with you that overall, Mercedes was not competitive last season.

Where I disagree with you is your claim about Rosberg winning in a non competitive car, which is untrue. Mercedes was very fast at the beginning of last season, and even more so in China to the point where bare a botched pit stop that ended Schumacher's race, they had a good chance of having both drivers on the podium. About 5 laps to the end, Rosberg could pit and still come out in the lead, that's how big the gap was.

richard

April 14, 2013 6:16 PM

senna. no i dont like stats, as anything can be proved by them. the simple fact is that nico has won a gp, lulu hasnt. so anyone saying that lulu achieved more than nico, on a one off basis, is not being factual. when lulu has won two gps, then it will be right to say that he has achieved more than nico, (provided nico hasnt won another gp). AND, comparing the w03 to the w04 is like comparing chalk and cheese. the w03 was a mid field car, whereas the w04 is a front running car (nearly)

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