F1 » Hamilton not focusing on Barcelona test row

Lewis Hamilton has said that his apparent lack of pace is of more concern to him than Mercedes' run-in with the FIA over tyre testing.

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May 28, 2013 8:14 PM

Rob, I do find it interesting that you have a serious issue with the morals and sporting ethics of Alonso, Vettel, RBR and Ferrari but you were previously blind to any wrong doing that McLaren ever did and now that allegiance seems to have switched to Mercedes. I wonder what could have caused such a switch.....

rob01 - Unregistered

May 28, 2013 8:26 PM

Taipan....no need to be concerned. i still support McLaren but came tothe defense of Merc over the testing. if it makes you feel better i think Nico has the measure on Lewis so far this year. 3 years plus with merc has served him well.

Firestorm - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 12:35 AM

Lewis now must concentrate on the next race in Montreal, a circuit which he masters very well. He won there everytime he races, except in 2008 when he crashed to Kimi in the pitlane and 2011 when he crashed to Jenson in the rainy event. If Mercedes have sorted their problems with the tyres, I think Lewis will win again in Canada. I don't see anyone able to beat him there, neither Rosberg nor anyone else.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 2:06 AM


good drivers adapt, they are not rigid, just look at Jenson getting owned by Perez this year. Lewis on the other hand while not performing up to Rosberg's level right now, although this probably has more to do with setup, is doing an admirable job.

btw, unless you were on the design team that maintains or develops Mercedes FRIC, I doubt you can say any which way the Merc can be setup to suite someone's style, also the commentators saying that drivers prefer this or that, I really doubt thats the case at all. Drivers prefer a particular balance, maybe, but a good driver cares more about adapting to the best setup a car can get to get the most out of it's tires and the potential of the car. I really doubt most of the drivers in F1 are single minded hacks.

Nico has since 2011 experience with Mercedes FRIC as well as that much time at the different circuits, Lewis is gonna struggle for setup, but less than 1/10th (QP) off who in my eye is the fastest at Monaco, that is not bad at a

Zelda - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 10:32 AM

Niko is on his game at present. 1 lap pace is better than Lewis that's why he is on pole!
Monaco was an impassible procession with the driver at the front controlling. Fair play Niko.
Mercs race pace is going to get exposed again at Montreal unless a miracle in the tyres has occurred.
I agree with The driver setup assessment that the Merc fric system may be causing LH a problem but that may be wishful thinking on my behalf as a fan of his.
Montreal is a circuit that LH does well at and suits his driving style. The pressure on LH must be ramping up and if there is something that is questionable about him, it's his ability to handle it. I fear he may try to force the issue and blow it.
Whatever, makes for a good sideshow as I expect RBR, Ferrari and Lotus or rather Kimi to vy at the front.


May 29, 2013 10:38 AM

Zelda. have you been on holidays? yes, a miracle could well have already happened, courtesy of the "secret" merc/Pirelli test. but thre again, merc could try a cover up by feigning a lack of pace?

The Engineer - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 12:54 PM

Actually LH is using Carbon Industry disks (as at McLaren) with Brembo calipers, however according to LH the braking system configuration on the Merc does not give him the feedback feel via the pedal that allows him to modulate the brake pressure in the way that he is accustomed.

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