F1 »

Hamilton 'get-out' clause stirs up speculation

Meanwhile, having stated last week that it is 'very, very likely' that Webber will be staying put next year [see separate story – click here] and after the Aussie got to 'the closest I have been [to Vettel] for a while' in the European Grand Prix in Valencia last time out, Horner is confident the driver of the #2 RB7 is now inexorably narrowing the gap to his dominant team-mate.

“It was the best race of the season from Mark in terms of the performance from the tyres,” he told French publication L'Équipe, alluding to the six-time grand prix-winner's well-documented struggles since F1 switched from Bridgestone rubber to Pirelli.

“He has never been this close to Seb [in 2011], and he controlled it well. I hope he will stay on his (Vettel's) heels, because it's no secret that he has had problems with the tyres this year. Now he understands them better. Just look at the difference in [Valencia]; for 90 per cent he was four-to-five seconds from Seb. I hope this result gives him great confidence for the future.”




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
20.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
26.05.2011- First Practice Session, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
15.04.2011- Friday Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
09.04.2011- Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
11/2/2011- Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
19.02.2011- Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
19.02.2011- Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
26.06.2011- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
25.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
25.06.2011- Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
24.06.2011- Friday Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
11.06.2011- Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
11.06.2011- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
11.06.2011- Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26 and Ron Dennis (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
11.06.2011- Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


over2u

July 06, 2011 3:49 PM

Button was never regarded at the same level as old days schumi,Sebastian or Alonso and yet over two seasons he's managed to make Hamilton look rather ordinary on race days and in a number of races even lacking in intelligence, so perhaps its not so much McLaren thats at fault with there cars but Hamiltons short comings !

MotoGP - Unregistered

July 06, 2011 2:44 PM

That would be an exciting combination and would answer a lot of questions in terms of the ranking of the current drivers. There would be plenty of drama as well, with all speculation of the Austrian team giving Vettel the most favorable parts and set up, inevitable clashes on and off the track, and the certainty that Ferrari would be there to pick up the pieces. Won't happen.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.