Paddock Life – Shanghai edition – Lewis Hamilton: “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to be successful, to win the world championship and enjoy my career in Formula One along the way.
[Alonso] was a double world champion. He came to a team and got beat by a rookie. I’m not here to be involved in any mind games. I’m here as strong as ever. I put my hands up and admitted I made a mistake at Fuji.
I have apologised to the team and now we move forward together. I have no need to play mind games with anyone. I’m here to do a good job and be competitive. The most important thing is to focus on my job. To be challenging for the world championship again is pretty cool in only my second year.” (Thanks Becken for the link)
Little Britain has it in for Lew and Andy – “What would we do if Hamilton or Murray actually won the F1 title or Wimbledon? We’d probably send them out on the back of a lorry through Trafalgar Square, just like our Olympians, but pelt them with rotten fruit along the way.” Des Kelly argues that British sports fans find it hard to celebrate their successful countrymen. After the gut-wrenching fawning over the Olympics team I can’t agree with him.
James Allen’s Grand Prix Diary – I didn’t realise James Allen had a blog…
Italy mourns Massas dwindling title dream “Tuttosport also agrees that Massa’s gloom after Shanghai was justified. ‘Massa is not the kind of driver to write an unforgettable chapter in Formula One history, but he is an intelligent guy. He knows that this was his biggest chance to realise his dream of the title.'”
Lingering fear that Hamilton is a mere passenger on drive toward greatness – “There will always be a testing ground of difficult conditions and new pressure, but if Hamilton’s progress has been spectacular, how much of it has truly been due to the superiority of his driving rather than the preparation of his car? In the last few days, Hamilton’s critics in the drivers’ room have been categorised as a gang seething with envy of a young man who has, maybe, failed to show much of an appreciation of his own good luck. Almost certainly there is something to this, but then Stewart’s assessment was scarcely shaped by the perspective of personal disappointment, not from the high plateau of three world titles in five years.
“There is also, but perhaps we should just whisper this, a theory in some areas of the pit lane that Hamilton’s talent would not necessarily sweep away that of such as Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg if Mosley and the credit crunch just happened to impose the idea of standard equipment.”