F1 » F1 Bahrain 2013: Hamilton suffers gearbox blow

Lewis Hamilton will face a five-place grid penalty after the Mercedes team was forced to change his gearbox ahead of qualifying in Bahrain.

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I like Potatoes - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 11:53 AM

This is NOT Formula One. A driver should NOT be punished for a mechanical failure. Modern F1 is shooting itself in the foot ...... fake tyres, fake DRS and rules that punish drivers for things that are beyond their control.

Mickey Mouse?

bob - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 11:58 AM

@I like potatoes

This is a team punishment, not a driver punishment. The goal is to get the cars across the line ahead of everyone else, the driver is merely another team employee tasked with doing so, just like the designers, engineers, mechanics etc.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 12:52 PM

Typical Sham lover anything goes against him the teams wrong, the sport is wrong, imagine if Malaysia was the other way round and Sham was told to stay behind Rosberg, Sham brigade would be up in arms calling for Ross Brawn's head, just pathetic, just a shame the gearbox didn't fail in the race like Nico's.

Ben - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 4:31 PM


Not sure if "Raw speed" means naturally fast. If that's the case, then you need to convince Rosberg himself that he is ahead of his current teammate. You can also check their record when they rivals before joining F1.

I can only see 4 drivers in that group of naturally fast drivers: Hamilton, Kimi, Alonso and Vettel, with Alonso arguably having the upper hand for being a bit smarter than the rest.

John - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 5:19 PM

"I can only see 4 drivers in that group of naturally fast drivers: Hamilton, Kimi, Alonso and Vettel"

Neither Alonso nor Kimi are very good at qualifying, as talented as they may be at other aspects of the F1 drivers craft.

The quickest driver over a lap is Vettel, with Hamilton probably tied with Webber for second place.

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