F1 »

Whitmarsh: The title race isn't over

Martin Whitmarsh says he doesn't think the F1 title race is over after Red Bull are beaten for the second race in a row in Germany
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh insists that the F1 title race isn't over after Lewis Hamilton ensured that Red Bull were beaten for a second straight race in Germany.

Hamilton beat Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to victory at the Nurburgring just two weeks after the Spaniard clinched honours in the British Grand Prix.

Despite those results, Red Bull maintain a 112 point lead in the constructors' championship while Hamilton is 82 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' standings as the best placed driver not in Red Bull colours.

However, Whitmarsh insists that the gaps can be closed through the remainder of the season if McLaren and Ferrari can keep the pressure on and that the championship fight can go some way towards matching the huge battle seen last year.

"Before Ferrari's win two weeks ago and ours today everyone was talking about a runaway championship,” he told the Guardian following the Nurburgring race. “Ferrari are going to be strong for the rest of the year I'm very sure, and hopefully we will as well and can make this another fantastic championship like we had last year.

"We are never going to be satisfied, even with a win. We are not going to be satisfied until we are winning all the races. We are going to keep pushing and it is going to be a great championship."

McLaren have won three of the ten races run so far this season, with Hamilton the only other driver aside from Vettel to have taken more than one victory after wracking up his second win of the campaign in Germany.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
26.05.2011- Press conference, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
06.05.2011- Friday Practice 2, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
08.07.2011- Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner

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.


107SS2009

July 26, 2011 5:56 PM

So long as Vettel can put up seconds or thirds places and race wins are split nobody can gain any significant ground on him. After Nurburgring practically the only way Vettel can lose the WDC is for one driver to win all the rest of the races and for Vettel to not win a single second place finish.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

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