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Hamilton Still No1 at McLaren

Formula One
by Suprememaster (U14372805) 14 March 2010
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Jenson Button might have No1 on his car but Lewis Hamilton handled a heavily laden car much better than him and proved again he is the number one driver at McLaren.So much for Button's smooth driving style giving him the advantage. Lewis recorded the top speed of any driver: 8 KPH faster than Alonso.

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posted Mar 15, 2010

and here's me thinking it was the RBR exhaust that broke and not the Renault engine. Did I miss something?

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posted Mar 15, 2010

The comparison between Button and Hamilton cannot be made until their time together at Mclaren is up. That will be when Button reaches the end of his career or when one of them gives up. The race in Bahrain was a pretty even affair, Hamilton made the gap to Button in quali. throughout free practice Button was quicker. Hamilton made up one place in the race because Vettel retired, Button made up one place because the pit crew were quicker than Red Bull's. Simple. Plus the Mclaren was very bad through sector two, so all the time gained by Button in sectors 1 and 3 was lost. He has to have time to adapt to the Mclaren ethos as well.

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posted Mar 15, 2010

Yeah you've got it wrong there. I thought it was a bit odd yesterday, and posted as much, that they were claiming it was a cracked exhaust.

The RBR exhaust system forms part an integral part of the aero system, if ti had cracked we would have seen a much greater loss of time in sector 2. It was just the top end they were seeming to loose out on.

It came out today that it was a miss firing spark plug. No damage to Vettel's engine is the good news for him

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comment by P44cka (U9177670)

posted Mar 15, 2010

Lewis again:

Should have done, would have done, could have done, but once again didn't!!
grrgrrgrr

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comment by Nilesx (U14383748)

posted Mar 16, 2010

May be Button was caught behind the Schumacher because of dirty air coming from the back of Schmuacher's Mercedes. No doubt button needs to keep head down and maximise the performance of McLaren.

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comment by eddie8 (U14384865)

posted Mar 18, 2010

Hamilton is a very good driver. But he has some flaws that will be made obvious this season. He doesn't take care of the tires very well and that will be a problem at races where they degrade more rapidly. His tires looked pretty beat up when he went in for his pit stop last week and the track wasn't as hard on tires as some people thought it would be.

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posted Mar 18, 2010

Hamilton is a very good driver. But he has some flaws that will be made obvious this season. He doesn't take care of the tires very well and that will be a problem at races where they degrade more rapidly. His tires looked pretty beat up when he went in for his pit stop last week and the track wasn't as hard on tires as some people thought it would be

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Eddie, I completely disagree. I think Hamilton has proved his detractors wrong and shown he is as capable of managing his tyres as anyone on the grid.

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posted Mar 18, 2010

eddie8 (U14384865)

I don't know what your motives are but you appear to be part of the "if in doubt, just make it up" brigade.

Footage of his pit stop clearly showed that there was nothing wrong with his tyres. So you are clearly wrong on that point.

None of his lap times show any indication of tyre problems.

However, I accept that it is quite pointless for me or anyone else informing you about facts. You will simply ignore them in favour of your own wishful thinking.

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posted Mar 29, 2010

Also we saw that Button and every other top4 drivers made their best laps on lap 52. It means that even with shot tires its possible.

Thing to remember is that with fresh tires the time was 2-3 sec faster!

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comment by Nooner (U10111571)

posted Mar 29, 2010

Nope, I believe Mclaren are trying to push Hamilton out, Ron isn't in the picture, Daddy has been punted.
His outburst over the radio tells me he's more than a little annoyed Jenson is getting some preferential treatment.

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