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post #376 of 1084
You mentioned that one in your first post, so I didn't include it. It's a great one.
post #377 of 1084
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Kobayashi... well deserved podium

Was a better race than it looked like it would be
post #378 of 1084
Especially after the first corner. devil.gif
post #379 of 1084
Really excited about the rest of the season. Seems like Vettel has just been solid all season (with a few car breakdowns) and none of the commentators really brought him up in world championship discussions, but he's probably on his way to 3 in a row.
post #380 of 1084
We'll see if there isn't another alternator failure or brain fade(overtaking button off the race track) over the next five races.
post #381 of 1084
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Sucks that the 2 drivers I like the least are in a 2 horse race for the title. Guess I would rather see Vettel than Alonso.
post #382 of 1084
And Vettel is in the lead now. Hamilton gives up.
post #383 of 1084
Not exactly giving up:
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Hamilton could only finish 10th at Yeongam, and was informed by his McLaren team after the race that his car had broken a rear anti-roll bar near the end of the first stint.
post #384 of 1084
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The excitement of the early season flux in performance has worn off. Teams have figured out stuff, the racing is more sedentary now. A bit more boring. Looks like Red Bull wont be caught. McLaren is nowhere, Ferrari wont have time to catch up.

Kind of lame to be back to Vettel milking the gap at the front and coasting to a win. McLaren has really blown it. They should have built up a big lead by now, Red Bull could not have caught up.
post #385 of 1084
Who'da thunk Massa would be pushing Alonso? I guess that team orders ban doesn't apply to Ferrari. Again.
post #386 of 1084
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Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a podium finish in the Korean Grand Prix were wrecked by a rear anti-roll bar failure.

The former world champion's pace in the race dropped away shortly after the first pit stop, with him revealing on the radio that the car felt 'nervous.'

A post-race inspection of his McLaren has revealed that a rear anti-roll bar was to blame - which caused excessive tyre wear and compromised his chances of fighting at the front.

Hamilton eventually finished 10th, after being further hampered late in the race when he ran over some artificial grass which got wrapped around turning vanes by the sidepods.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: "The roll-bar went, I think, about lap 18. By then he was fighting for third place and it fell away.

"It was absolutely destroying the tyres and his balance was gone. We did all we could at the stops but he was eating the tyres, so he had to do a three-stop with tyre pressure and front wing changes, and that is all we had to try and counter it.

"The car must have been horrendous to drive, so the fact that he was fighting there with Kimi for quite a few laps and then caught the two Toro Rossos at the end, was truly remarkable.

"Then, with four or five laps to go, when he should have been able to get the Toro Rossos, he picked up the turf - which finished the day off."

Although the result effectively ended Hamilton's world championship chances – as he now lies 62 points behind Sebastian Vettel with four races remaining – Whitmarsh was full of praise for his driver's efforts.

"He just was tenacious and a fighter, so it was a heroic drive from him," he explained.

"In the one sense of course I have to be bitterly disappointed with the afternoon, but on the other sense I have to be immensely proud of his job really, because in those circumstances it is very easy to not be fighting as hard as he was.

"You could see all the way through, with an awful balance to that car with a rear anti-roll bar failure, he fought with everyone and that is Lewis as a great, great racing driver. I am immensely proud of him."
post #387 of 1084
If Hamilton's unhappy with his car now, think about what he's going to do with Mercedes. Force India was faster than Schumacher's ride today.

The question is whether Vettel is a worthy champion if he does end up on top.
post #388 of 1084
In my book, if you win the championship, you are a worthy champion. With Vettel, I'm not sure how there can be any doubt. Like Alonso, he seems to win if the car is capable of it. The Red Bull must have been quite a pile (relatively speaking of course) earlier this season.

As for Hamilton and Mercedes, I remain depressed. However, at least he won't get his hopes up there. At McLaren, they give him almost enough car to win, but not quite. biggrin.gif
post #389 of 1084
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

Who'da thunk Massa would be pushing Alonso? I guess that team orders ban doesn't apply to Ferrari. Again.

Team orders are allowed.

Massa was quicker, no doubt. He was told to back off.
post #390 of 1084
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

In my book, if you win the championship, you are a worthy champion. With Vettel, I'm not sure how there can be any doubt. Like Alonso, he seems to win if the car is capable of it. The Red Bull must have been quite a pile (relatively speaking of course) earlier this season.
As for Hamilton and Mercedes, I remain depressed. However, at least he won't get his hopes up there. At McLaren, they give him almost enough car to win, but not quite. biggrin.gif

Agree. The season is too long not to denote you as worthy champion.

The element of variance is reliability. Most F1 is now bulletproof. In a way its great, but I do miss the occasional Alain Prost blowing up a Ferrari to allow Senna to take the win, etc. An occasional mechanical failure is not bad for racing. Granted there was a time in F1 where this was too much. I recall a race, I want to say San Marino, I dont know, where 6 cars finished. I think it was early/mid 90's.
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