British GP – Hamilton given Slow Car, Alonso given Fast

{ Posted on Jul 10 2007 by dScribe }
Categories : Formula 1 Races

I can understand James Allen being pained by the fact that Lewis Hamilton had no chance of winning the British Grand Prix on the weekend, but the excuses really have to stop. Not only was James making excuses for Lewis, but the normally well balanced and unbiased Martin Brundle was doing the same!

It started with James constantly saying Lewis had a “slow car” under him or that his “car was slow at the moment”.. A subtle difference to saying something along the lines of “Lewis is slow at the moment”, I know, but it got worse when both James and Martin were convinced Lewis must have a problem in the car.

The next thing you know they’ll be saying Lewis was given a slow car and Fernando was given a fast car.. 8)

Many factions of the media really “baby” Lewis. All I can say is he’s lucky BMW were somewhat off-form on the weekend and that Massa was out of contention, or his Championship lead would have been considerably less. Yes, he is a rookie, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t make mistakes and that others should be praised any less.

Fernando Alonso – Really showed up teammate Lewis Hamilton. Sheer magic that he came out of the first round of pit stops ahead of both Lewis and Kimi!

Kimi Raikkonen – While Fernando Alonso’s first pit stop was magic, the laps Kimi put in for the 2nd round of pit stops were even more magical. What a fantastic comeback from the Finn! He really does look like he can be a Championship threat now.

Felipe Massa – Fantastic passing from the back of the grid! Hit a bit of a road-block when he got up to about 7th place, but great damage-limitation. Would have probably been a Ferrari 1-2 if he didn’t have problems at the start. Equal man of the race with Kimi :)

Lewis Hamilton – Somewhat lucky to get 3rd. Another poor start (I thought you can only change your racing line once?).. ballsed up the first pit stop (the fuel guy did a super job to not fall over and to keep the fuel going).. ended up a long way back.. Still managed to get some valuable points though.

Robert Kubica – This guy is on fire! :)

Renault – They look to be making a bit of a comeback.. Nice to see.


11 Responses to “British GP – Hamilton given Slow Car, Alonso given Fast”

  1. Another great day for Kimi – flawless. I also got a big shock when Alonso came out ahead after the first pit stop – didn’t see it coming, everyone was too focused on Hamilton. It was a great drive from both Kimi and Alonso (and Massa in fact). Lewis is sooooooo lucky his podium finish record is still intact – the end is nigh!

    The “Hammer” did not fall at Silverstone but Mclaren did manage to get a “Spanner in the works” – good enough I suppose – he he

  2. Nice to see Kimi is back in form. I think tyre choice was the key, Alonso did significantly better on his two soft one hard choice than Hamilton with the reverse strategy. Hamilton did end up a long way back but it was pretty clear he was cruising after stop 2. Its fantastic to have such a tight championship halfway in though!

  3. Really enjoyed this race…thought Alonso was fantastic (of course!) but Kimi seems so laid back about winning, he really is an interesting character.
    Massa had a guaranteed podium place had he not stalled and it would have put an end to Lewis Hamiltons run…. Ferrari’s have definately upped their game and made it a very interesting season now, can’t wait!!

  4. All I want to say is: Lewis is lucky that Massa had that accident at the start, otherwise he would surely be on the podium.
    Both Kimi and Fernando did a great job during the entire race and it was really fun to watch them race, especially after the second pit stop. I just wish Fernando came out as a winner. :)

  5. Lewis was having a problem with the car – he couldn’t get it to go as fast as Kimi could get his Ferrari to go. Of course, the hyperbolic media were unlikely to be thinking along these lines when they spouted their “Lewis has a slow car” comments.

  6. hyperbolic

    adjective
    1. enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness

    great word Alianora! had to look it up!

  7. Okay, Okay…..Kimi was fast, very fast (there I said it). I have always enjoyed watching him when he is on his game and he certainly was at Silverstone.

    I won’t make any excuses for Hamilton, although there is no argument that the car was slow and Hamilton made some mistakes. It makes no difference at the end of the day as one can’t cross the finish line without the other (there are no special points awarded for “Fastest driver in the Slowest car or vice versa).

    The competition is keeping things exciting, what a great season so far!

  8. P.S. Stephen, you are right it was luck that kept Hamilton on the podium this race. Nice to have it when you need it…..

    It is good thing Raikkonnen wasn’t in that position because we all know what side of luck Kimi tends to be on ;)

  9. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT RACE FROM THE FERRARI.BOTH KIMI AND MASSA WERE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT THE RACE.IN ALL THIS PRAISE FOR KIMI,ALONSO AND HAMILTON MASSA WAS TOTALLY FORGOTTEN.IN FACT MASSA RACED MORE BRILLIANTLY THAN ANY OTHER DRIVER.TO START FROM LAST PLACE AND FINISHING FIFTH WAS INDEED A GREAT PERFORMANCE.IT COULD SURELY HAVE BEEN A FERRARI 1-2 IF IT WAS NOT FOR THAT MASSA’S PROBLEM.MASSA’S RACE REMINDED ME OF THE LAST RACE OF MICHAEL SCHUMACHER WHERE HE STARTED 10th,OVERTOOK FISICHELLA IN THE EARLY LAPS,BUT THEN A DRAMATIC DAMAGE TO HIS TYRES,GONE BACK TO LAST AND AGAIN FOUGHT BACK BRAVELY AND JUST MISSED THE PODIUM.THIS IS THE REAL FIGHTING SPIRIT OF THE FERRARI DRIVERS.HATS OFF TO FELIPE MASSA AND ALSO KIMI RAIKONNEN

  10. To quote a famous sportswriter:
    “The Brazilian Grand Prix was a rather unspectacular finish to the spectacular career of Michael Schumacher. He could have gone out with a win, but the pressure was too much. He missed a shot at qualifying well due to a fuel pickup problem, and ultimately his race was finished when he had a tyre failure.”
    Strange how people see things differently

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