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Well you cant have a F1 forum without a Lewis thread or 50

Whats are peoples thoughts on him for the coming season?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:47 am 
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Rich2086 wrote:
Well you cant have a F1 forum without a Lewis thread or 50

Whats are peoples thoughts on him for the coming season?


Posting for the sake of getting a few posts on the board.

Either a complete mess or a consistent challenger. There seems to be no inbetween or semblance of moderation from him, a bit like Alex de Angelis in MotoGP - he could have been fantastic.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:50 am 
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I'm hoping he has a great season.

I'm a huge fan, but it's often difficult to defend him when he acts like a pleb.

It will be interesting to see if he has upped his game after getting beaten by Button last season.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:54 am 
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I think personally his goal should be to finish ahead of Button and come the end of the season see if that is good enough to win the WDC


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:57 am 
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I think he'll do well this season! I think the thing that still may affect him is Jenson who will also do well this season. as long as that relationship is kept well and good, he should have a great season.
The car is looking solid, and he sounds confident so good luck to him!


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I genuinely think he'll do well this season.

Being honest I don't think Button was his problem last year. He equalled Button's wins, he made mistakes, and he also had his fair share of bad luck - punctures, pit stops, strategy errors. All in all he finished 43 points off Button. In your worst season ever, levelling wins with your team mate isn't too shabby. It's wasn't the cage rattling experience the media - BBC in particular - seem to think it was. He had a bad personal year. He shouldn't of let it effect his racing but he did. His heart is one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

However, he was beaten for the first time, so I expect him to come back strong. If he can be consistent and show the race-craft he possesed in Abu Dhabi on a regular basis then he'll do well this year, and beat Button. Anyone who thinks he's lost it, or has no chance of beating Button, or can't be consistent is someone who fears him doing well.


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He is what got me into F1 so I HOPE he does well this year and show Button how to drive "fast AND smart".


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I think we will do well, not great

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Swaf13 wrote:
I genuinely think he'll do well this season.

Being honest I don't think Button was his problem last year. He equalled Button's wins, he made mistakes, and he also had his fair share of bad luck - punctures, pit stops, strategy errors. All in all he finished 43 points off Button. In your worst season ever, levelling wins with your team mate isn't too shabby. It's wasn't the cage rattling experience the media - BBC in particular - seem to think it was. He had a bad personal year. He shouldn't of let it effect his racing but he did. His heart is one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

However, he was beaten for the first time, so I expect him to come back strong. If he can be consistent and show the race-craft he possesed in Abu Dhabi on a regular basis then he'll do well this year, and beat Button. Anyone who thinks he's lost it, or has no chance of beating Button, or can't be consistent is someone who fears him doing well.

agree with you, good post.
the last races 2011 showed Lewis came out of his troubles, if he continues the way he drove at ABu Dhabi, Korea & Brazil, he will be fine
he also said he likes the new tyres, more than last years, this sounds good

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I genuinely think he'll do well this season.

Being honest I don't think Button was his problem last year. He equalled Button's wins, he made mistakes, and he also had his fair share of bad luck - punctures, pit stops, strategy errors. All in all he finished 43 points off Button. In your worst season ever, levelling wins with your team mate isn't too shabby. It's wasn't the cage rattling experience the media - BBC in particular - seem to think it was. He had a bad personal year. He shouldn't of let it effect his racing but he did. His heart is one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

However, he was beaten for the first time, so I expect him to come back strong. If he can be consistent and show the race-craft he possesed in Abu Dhabi on a regular basis then he'll do well this year, and beat Button. Anyone who thinks he's lost it, or has no chance of beating Button, or can't be consistent is someone who fears him doing well.

agree with you, good post.
the last races 2011 showed Lewis came out of his troubles, if he continues the way he drove at ABu Dhabi, Korea & Brazil, he will be 8) fine
he also said he likes the new tyres, more than last years, this sounds good

If Lewis continues the form he had at the end of 2011 it will be a killer year and i can't wait for him to shine!!!

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lewis is gonna rock this year on a regular basis- have no fear - his head is sorted


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I think his erros last year made button look better. Not taking away anytihng from button but i think Hamilton is a better driver. Hopefully this season that will be evident when he takes the WDC!


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I officially appreciate Lewis. How's that for a 1st post ;)

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Hopefully he's sorted himself out. I am a fan and I don't think he deserves most of the stuff thrown at him. Anyone would think he's some disrespectful arrogant criminal given the reaction to some of his actions, but he's not. He's a passionate racing driver trying to do his best, but he somehow seems a bit emotionally immature (perhaps a result of living outside the "real world" for so long) and reacts in an unusual way to pressure. I wouldn't villify him though and I hope with a bit of stability and a realistic chance of winning, he'll take the opportunity again.

Examples:
* Spa 08 - FIA made up the rules as they went along
* "Those Monkeys" comment was completely misrepresented by the media and blown out of all proportion
* "Maybe it's coz I is black" comment was a misplaced attempt at humour, but anyone with any sense would see he was trying to use sarcastic humour
* weaving penalty at Malaysia 2010 - completely ridiculous
* Maldonado Spa 2011 - completely Maldonado's fault should have been excluded
* Maldonado Monaco 2011 - schumacher showed how it should be done, Hamilton should not have been villified
* Massa Monaco 2011 (?) - Massa was the only driver to dive off his racing line when it was too late and Hamilton was up the inside. Legitimate overtake attempt.
* Massa Monaco 2011 Part II - Massa lost it in the tunnel. Hamilton not at fault.
* Australia 2009 Lie Gate - dodgy but he was probably acting on advice of the team, which was disingenuous
* Hungary 2011 - No harm done and understood by Paul di Resta - harsh penalty although a word in the next driver's briefing would've sufficed

Can't think of any more off the top of my head :)

Where would we be without him?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:23 pm 
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For 2012, give them hell Lewis!

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This clip epitomises Hamilton's 2011...frustrating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdExBpCp ... re=related

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I love this thread..!

Go Lewis! Show em' what your made of... 2012 is your season!

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just a reminder why Hamilton is the best driver in F1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJJQJRAbmqo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbjRFd20 ... re=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7Kk37- ... h_response
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6W9HS6PEHg

shame part 3 of that doesn't work anymore :(


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It seems that is dad thinks that Lewis is better with Nicole....
http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/534429/lewis-hamilton-s-dad-urged-him-to-get-back-together-with-amazing-nicole-scherzinger/1


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For 2012, give them hell Lewis!

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Do you have a high-res version of this photo f1madman?

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"Lewis is fiercely competitive, but he's also incredibly tough on himself. Over the winter he's gone away to reflect on 2011 - a season, incidentally, in which he was a multiple race winner - so I think it was anything but a disastrous year for him. And I also think that whether it's Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher or Jenson Button, Lewis is not ready to come second to anyone in 2012.

"From my perspective, I think he was incredibly unlucky on some occasions last year. We want Lewis to be the kind of driver who when you see him in your rear view mirror you know he's not going to stay there. He's always going to have a go because drivers are there to race - not follow around in processions. We think that's good, so does he, and I bet most people watching at home think that's good, too. When you have people with flair and talent who can put on a show, that's fantastic. But also, when you know you are one of the quickest men on the planet and are capable of that kind of performance, but you end up in the barriers, or something goes wrong with the car, or we make an error in the pitstop - that's going to hurt. So along with the exuberance and the high performance and the passion, it's inevitable that there will be some frustration....

From Jonathan Neale
http://www.f1racing.co.uk/testdrive


He also says they don't want to change Lewis, they want him exactly the way he is, even if there are some words in the heat of the moment , he later regrets ( like Monaco) It's a part of his fierce competitiveness.
McLaren wants Lewis edgily. They don't want to take away his individuality
His unrestrained will for success and his passion is something they like the most .
His never giving up attitude is incredible.
They want to continue to work with him for many years, to come.

http://www.motorsport-total.com/f1/news ... 22824.html

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Lewis had a poor season (by his standards) last year.

He will have a great season this year - just watch and see :nod:

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Rich2086 wrote:
I think personally his goal should be to finish ahead of Button and come the end of the season see if that is good enough to win the WDC

erm he is a world champion who already beat Button once,i don't think for one second Hamilton thinks he is unable to beat Button or anyone on the grid as a matter of fact...his goal as should be for any driver in the top cars should only be about winning the championship.


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Raifosa, I'm sorry but I didn't come across a larger version of that picture in google, hun.

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Just watched a recording of last years Chinese GP highlights that i had stored on my HD.. Regardless of the problems they had prior to the start, we need Lewis to back into that kinda mind frame.. The way he raced that day and bought the car home winning the gran prix brought a tear to my eyes in the same way it did to him.. :-P

He was on absolute form back then and it was great :thumbup:

Go Lewis :nod:

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I just have one comment. Lewis out qualified Button last year most of the time. In addition I recall Lewis passing Button early on in at least 7-8 race. I never recall Button ever passing Lewis. There is no comparison of the two talents.


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2012 is Lewis' year.

He will not only destroy Button but, in equal machinery (hopefully) show Vettel his exhaust pipes.

With a good car and a good start to the season, he has a great shot at WDC this year.


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FormulaFun wrote:



Always enjoy watching those.

"Hamiltons on a charge" :lol:


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Raifosa, I'm sorry but I didn't come across a larger version of that picture in google, hun.

ok thanks anyway

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/17243875

The video showing the best overtakes of 2011... Most featured driver? Hamilton.

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I think, with the winter break, we could see a more relaxed Hamilton back and being a consistent contender (to nick the phrase).

Hope to see the Macca being capable of contending

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Can't wait to see how well he does this season! :D

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Fingers crossed he does well from Australia... it's going to be a fantastic year!!

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Mercedes rumours:-

http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/75703 ... on-Rumours

So, they are just rumours ... but what do you think? I imagine a lot will depend on how competitive mercedes are this season and how it goes "Vs. Button" too.

I can think of worse teams to join though, if you aren't getting what you want out of your current team.


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Mercedes rumours:-

http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/75703 ... on-Rumours

So, they are just rumours ... but what do you think? I imagine a lot will depend on how competitive mercedes are this season and how it goes "Vs. Button" too.

I can think of worse teams to join though, if you aren't getting what you want out of your current team.


Hmm interesting one iv never really thought about the possibility of him going to Mercedes. I guess if they can start to challenge at the front more then maybe but having said that i dont rate their 2 current drivers that highly I think MS is well passed it and Rosberg is overrated.

He wont go to Ferrari while Alonso is there and Im not sure a move to Red Bull would be wise i think hes best to stay put for the foreseeable future


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Rich2086 wrote:
matzy wrote:
Mercedes rumours:-

http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/75703 ... on-Rumours

So, they are just rumours ... but what do you think? I imagine a lot will depend on how competitive mercedes are this season and how it goes "Vs. Button" too.

I can think of worse teams to join though, if you aren't getting what you want out of your current team.


Hmm interesting one iv never really thought about the possibility of him going to Mercedes. I guess if they can start to challenge at the front more then maybe but having said that i dont rate their 2 current drivers that highly I think MS is well passed it and Rosberg is overrated.

He wont go to Ferrari while Alonso is there and Im not sure a move to Red Bull would be wise i think hes best to stay put for the foreseeable future



Just a thought... everyone is assuming that it would be Lewis and Rosberg. Yet no-one seems to have considered Schumi and Hamilton. I could see him and Rosberg doing a clean swap. (rosberg would be a great 2nd driver to Button)

And as for Lewis, who could be better to teach him how to handle the pressures that he seems to struggle with than Schumi?
They assumedly set their cars up in a similar (kart like manner) and I think they could make a great team.

Just a thought.


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uk in ny wrote:
Rich2086 wrote:
matzy wrote:
Mercedes rumours:-

http://www.planetf1.com/news/3213/75703 ... on-Rumours

So, they are just rumours ... but what do you think? I imagine a lot will depend on how competitive mercedes are this season and how it goes "Vs. Button" too.

I can think of worse teams to join though, if you aren't getting what you want out of your current team.


Hmm interesting one iv never really thought about the possibility of him going to Mercedes. I guess if they can start to challenge at the front more then maybe but having said that i dont rate their 2 current drivers that highly I think MS is well passed it and Rosberg is overrated.

He wont go to Ferrari while Alonso is there and Im not sure a move to Red Bull would be wise i think hes best to stay put for the foreseeable future



Just a thought... everyone is assuming that it would be Lewis and Rosberg. Yet no-one seems to have considered Schumi and Hamilton. I could see him and Rosberg doing a clean swap. (rosberg would be a great 2nd driver to Button)

And as for Lewis, who could be better to teach him how to handle the pressures that he seems to struggle with than Schumi?
They assumedly set their cars up in a similar (kart like manner) and I think they could make a great team.

Just a thought.



If they dont start to produce some better results this season then i cant see either Hamilton or Schumacher at Mercedes next season


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Wow! It's been a while since I've posted in the forum. Life has gotten a lot more hectic for me. Besides, Vettel basically wrapped up the championship half way through the season last year.

I am excited for this season though. I think last year was a definite low-point for Lewis but in my opinion, he is the guy with the most ability and talent in the field. I think this is the year that he finally puts it all together and shows that. With the amount of rotten luck he had last year, he's due for some good fortune. The first few races are crucial. If he gets off to a quick start, I think he's gonna take it this year!


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Personally I don't think he'll go anywhere. He's been with McLaren for such a long time and I can't
see why he wouldn't want to stay. Okay I guess Button is there, but when Lewis is on form there
is no competition between the two. And this season I am going to imagine he'll have something to
prove!

If he was to move I can only imagine he would go to a equal or arguably quicker team and at the
minute there isonly one.... Red Bull. Unless the Mercedes is drastically quicker this year I can't see
him going there.

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Personally I don't think he'll go anywhere. He's been with McLaren for such a long time and I can't
see why he wouldn't want to stay. Okay I guess Button is there, but when Lewis is on form there
is no competition between the two. And this season I am going to imagine he'll have something to
prove!

If he was to move I can only imagine he would go to a equal or arguably quicker team and at the
minute there isonly one.... Red Bull. Unless the Mercedes is drastically quicker this year I can't see
him going there.


In an ideal world, a driver moves from one competitive car to the next ... but a lot has to be said of a driver who moves to a team that needs taking by the scruff of the neck and made competitive. Arguably, such a move can separate the good drivers from the great ones. I would be intrigued as to how Lewis would handle such a situation.


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