Mc Laren Spoil Lewis Hamilton's Race again
This season Lewis Hamilton has shown he is the fastest driver in the world right now, with three pole positions so far out of 5, but once again McLaren spoilt his race. Read on to find out more.
- Mc Laren Spoil Lewis Hamilton's Race again
- Martin Whitmarsh was convinced it would be OK
- Is Formula One Racing honest?
- I am proud to be a fan
Mc Laren Spoil Lewis Hamilton's Race again
Lewis Hamilton once more, did his Mc Laren team proud by qualfying first on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix. He set a time that was 6 tenths of a second faster than Maldonado from the Williams team. He spoke jubilantly at the drivers conference, praising his team for an excellent job, and praising the car, and how well it was going. I was convinced that Lewis was all set to scoop his first win of 2012, which he so richly deserves.
Later I was to find out that someone in the Mc Laren team had not filled his car with enough petrol, and Lewis had stopped after orders from his team, to allow enough petrol for a sample to be analysed, which is common practice in Formula One. Martin Whitmarsh was confident that it didn't matter, but the stewards thought otherwise.
Martin Whitmarsh was convinced it would be OK
It was announced later, that Lewis would suffer the biggest penalty they could impose, to start at the very back of the grid. It is reported that when Martin Whitmarsh tried to explain to him the error, he was so choked with emotion, he found it difficult to speak. In a season already fraught with team errors, this is yet another one to add to the list when the driver is completely blameless, yet has to take the penalty for the team error.
I am an avid Lewis fan, and didn't know if I could face watching him racing from the back of the grid when he should have been leading from the front. BBC television were covering it, and Eddie Jordan spoke about the uproar the harsh stewards' decision had caused. As a past Formula One racing driver, this man knows what he is talking about, and he was very angry, saying the biggest penalty should have been starting from 10th place, if indeed there should have been any penalty, as it was a slip up from a team member when fuelling the car with petrol. To my mind, it was almost like the stewards did everything they could to ensure Lewis had no chance of winning the race.
Is Formula One Racing honest?
I have frequently questioned the honesty of Formula One in the past. Some drivers don't receive penalties when they should, and likewise, some including Lewis, get penalised when they shouldn't. To make the sport fair, everyone should be treated the same, it doesn't matter who they know and support, it's something that should never come into it.
To mention one name, Michael Schumaker gets away with everything without ever being penalised. I don't know what power he holds, but he has made some outrageous manoeuvres many times, and the only comment is. " That is the way he drives." Well it shouldn't be, it is dangerous, and more often that not, just like in this race, he causes other drivers to crash out of the race.
I am glad I did watch the race , because I am so proud of Lewis. He fought his way up from 24th to 8th with some fantastic overtaking moves, he used his car wisely with less tyre changes than anyone else, and he managed to get 4 points for his team, and his own drivers championship. He is currently in second place in the standings with Alonso and Vettel joint first with about 8 points ahead of him.
I am proud to be a fan
But the thing that makes me most proud to be his fan, was when he was interviewed, he not only praised Maldonado and his team for a remarkable win, when asked how he felt at being demoted, he showed no bitterness, and spoke only about how much he had enjoyed the challenge of coming up the grid, and thanked his team for their support.
I am not sure Mc Laren have earned his support, but Lewis is incredibly loyal. However, if they continue to bungle his chances, I hope he will think about whether they deserve to have him at the end of 2012. His contract is due for renewal then, and should he renew it with them , or go to a team that is more reliable in their back up support? Who can know for sure, but I wish him the very best of luck in 2012.
Lewis Hamilton deserves team support
Mc Laren are the absolute pits
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