Lewis Hamilton insists that he is prepared to fight for future F1 world championship titles, despite the tension and acrimony that he endured en route to the this year's crown.

Speaking as he received the champion's trophy at the FIA Prizegiving in Qatar, Hamilton admitted that the greater the fight required to claim the title, the more the honour meant to him and, having seen both his world championships go down to the wire, the Briton maintained that he would not have it any other way should the opportunity come around again. Having trailed for much of the season, the Mercedes driver had overhauled team-mate Nico Rosberg in the standings with a couple of rounds to run, but the controversial double points on offer in Abu Dhabi ensured that either man could win thee title at the finale.

"I don't think you ever want to have it easy," he claimed, "You always want to have a fight. Easy championships, I don't know, they're just not as... you want that climax. Obviously, in the last race, Nico's car had an issue so, from halfway through the race, the pressure was different to having to defend but, throughout the whole year, [it was a case of] just trying to keep your cool, stay focused and all those kinds of things. It was great."

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Hamilton repeated his Yas Marina claim that this year's title triumph felt better than his first in 2008, but insisted that, not only was he not done collecting championships, but that there were still areas of his game that could be improved.

"I'm just grateful for the opportunity to have had the championships I've had," he explained, "This one definitely feels sweeter than the first, but that's probably just because I'm older and because of what I've gone through to get to this one, the decisions that I've taken and all those kinds of things.

"For the next one - if there is another one - I want to fight as high as possible and try to work on and improve on the things that are not strong enough and could be better. But, overall, it's been an incredible year and I've been very blessed to have a great team around me."


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Lauda told the truth: they (Mercedes) paniced. Lauda is such that if he wasn't going to speak the truth, he wouldn't say anything. Rosberg showed his desparation in Monte Carlo, Canada, Monza and Sochi. He managed to out brake himself in each of those races. Against 4 and 5 in a row, the best he could muster was 1 in a row. Good manners will not win a WDC. Consult the CV's of M. Schumacher, A. Senna and S. Vettel.

here4thesun2: cont'd

These are all moves that are a part of other drivers' playbooks. The person you are propping has been known to do one or two.

Good manners to not take the two cars fighting for the championship out. A few broadsides given like the one that was done to him in Austin and Bahrain would have been good medicine for what ailed his later attempts at recouping respect from his teammate.

He was/is very much treated like Rene Arnoux. He wins in spite of what the team wants. Has two number one drivers that he is capable of beating. The likeness diverges where Rosberg will listen to team orders and obey the wants of the team over his own. It's because he has good manners.

Good manners is not necessarily a good thing to have when fighting for a championship.

Revisionist History. Has Hamilton ever hit someone to "make a point"? Rosberg could have passed in Hungary, but he NEVER got within DRS range. He just wasn't fast enough. Lauda told the truth

Don Hopings:

I don't know what series you claim to watch, but the reality is NOT on your side:


So, tell me again who ranks where?[\blockquote]

So the OPINIONS of a website constitutes facts? Some of the guff that's been written by so called F1 experts in recent years beggars belief, but then you read their bio and find that they are twenty something who have "followed" F1 for 5 years, never even seen the highlights of a pre 2000 race and would love to go to a live race one day and suddenly their clueless views are completely understandable.

The Autosport one was a survey by 207 actual F-1 drivers. The formula1blog result was strictly mathematical. The concept was originally put together by Gary Anderson. Please read the sites before forming an opinion.

The BBC has revealed its Formula 1 presenting team for the 2012 season:
Jake Humphrey, Eddie Jordan, David Coulthard, Ben Edwards, Gary Anderson, Lee McKenzie, James Allen, Jennie Gow, Jaime Alguersuari

They did the determinations for the BBC link.

The Autosport survey was done by 217 current and former F-1 drivers in 2010 I think.. By my count, there were 8 WDC's and 31 race winners included in that 217.

The ranking posited by Gary Anderson is only on percentages. There is no subjective component.

Obviously we all have opinions which may, or may not, be based on logic and reasoning. However, given the sources for the rankings presented, I would respect them over most of the stuff that appears here.

Anyone who throws up a DISAGREE here is not dealing with reality.

richard: don. sorry to say, i am nearly lost for words at your skewed reasoning. first fangio. i tried to point out that if fangios first win of the year was in the best car, how could he then switch to the second best and then win, and then switch to the third best and win, all in one year? and then there were his exploits in south america.

and then to say that piquet was a "great" , and mansell?

that qualifies for joke of the decade!

as i said before, you really need to read some books about the history of f1 and gp racing!

you are unbelievable![\blockquote]

I don't know what series you claim to watch, but the reality is NOT on your side:


So, tell me again who ranks where?

Don Hopings:
richard: snakey. yes, lulu won this year. he beat nico who was his ONLY competition. that does not negate how he did it or by the narrow gap going into the last race. if he was a dominant force, he would have beaten nico with four races or so to go. my point is that he is not superlative in any sense of the word, as some like to believe he is. and yes, i am objective so i will compare him with some very good and some great drivers, and as i said, lulu has done nothing that merits him being treated as a god by some of his luvvers! [\blockquote]

It wouldn't have been close except for Rosberg's 10 #2's. That was the ONLY thing that kept him in the hunt.

But tell me, how do you explain the fact that Rosberg NEVER passed Hamilton on track for the entire season?[\blockquote]

good manners[\blockquote]

Yes, good manners like Monte Carlo and Spa. Rosberg did have a habit of out-braking himself, didn't he?

Actually, the 2nd half of the message is directed to Taipan...

VERY frustrated with the limitations on message length...

richard: Fangio had a knack for picking good cars. He didn't pick dogs. The most amazing driver cannot make a car go faster than it will. What that person can do is find that limit and stay closer to it than someone else. And yes, consensus is that Piquet and Mansell are considered greats. Not in the Fangio-Moss-Clark category, but high up nonetheless. Of the WDC's you mentioned, the majority of their titles were won in dominant cars. If not for that, their totals would likley have been reduced. You have to remember that Vettel had Newey cars for ALL of those 39 wins. Schumacher had Byrne cars at Ferrari. Those guys are masters. And Giancarlo Baghetti entered F-1 in a championship winning car. How did that work out for him?

Don Hopings:For example, Fangio won 5 WDC's with 4 teams. He had a knack for being in the right car at the right time. You can say EXACTLY the same thing for Piquet, Mansell, Senna, Prost, Schumacher and Vettel. Did you?[\blockquote]

i think that you really need to brush up on your f1 history.piquet and mansell were lucky to be in the best car, but certainly would not be considered greats. senna drove the wheels of his car, and was able to win in a lowly car, and deserves to be a great, even if his driving standards could be called into question. schumi twice took poor cars and turned them into winning cars, and deserves to be called a great. prost deserves it due to his thinking mans attitude. contd

The point was that for a least SOME of these WDC's they had a dominant car at their disposal. If they had NOT had a dominant car, it is likely that they would have had fewer titles, yet you don't attempt to cast aspersions on them. And y

Don Hopings:

The thing that made no sense to me was this. I made a comment about no other driver breaking into F-1 had kept a 2x WDC at bay for an entire season. Granted, I didn't do specific research, but I've been following F-1 since the early 60's and I don't remember this situation happening at an other time than 2007. [\blockquote]

Fanboys constantly going on about 2007 get on my tits. Yes matching Alonso in his debut season was a great achievement no doubt about it. Although there was much favouratism towards him and unlike any other "rookie" in history he had the benefit of 1000 hours of testing the year before. But how many other "rookies" entered F1 in a championship winning car? I can think of Jacques Villeneuve who finished 2nd in the championship just like Lulu.
How epic would Lulu's debut season have been if he started in a Super Aguri or a Spyker? the sort of team most drivers started their career with,[\blockquote]

1000 hours is a bit