I would love to be a fly on the wall in a meeting between Martin Whitmarsh, Ron Dennis and Lewis Hamilton. I can’t imagine it would be a very pleasant meeting after the latest cock-up. Anybody that knows me knows that I am a Lewis Hamilton fan, I like his driving style and as I have written previously I think he has approached this season with a really good attitude which at the start led to a series of consistent podiums. Conversely, this is the third race in which he has been penalised by issues beyond his control.
Firstly we had the gearbox issue in China which dropped him back 5 places, then we moved onto Bahrain, where his mechanics seemed determined to keep him off the podium. Admittedly those two events could be argued as things that just happen. However today’s failure to ensure the car has enough fuel in it isn’t “one of those things” it’s somebody’s fault and someone should be severely penalised for it.
Talking of penalties, I think there must be a better way of enforcing the rules of F1 than to punish the driver every time the team messes it up. Personally I am in favour of deducting constructors points, perhaps coupled with large fines of hundreds of thousands rather than the usual £10k fines. As what we will see tomorrow is a driver that should be challenging for the race win competing instead with the likes of the Caterhams’, and if I had paid good money to go and watch the race, I would now be rather annoyed.
I really do feel sorry for Lewis at the moment, he has publically said that he wants to spend the rest of his Career at McLaren. That’s the kind of loyalty you can’t buy, it is also something very special amongst the F1 drivers as I can’t think of another driver so committed to their team. Which is why I find it so embarrassing that McLaren seem to be doing everything within their power to make Lewis want to go somewhere else. I’m not sure where that could be, but if this keeps up then Lewis looks set for another torrid season when he’s at the peak of his performance, driving with both speed and a maturity that we haven’t really seen for a while.
So, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, a mechanic goes and leaves a tyre in the way of his car. Martin Whitmarsh said that nobody has been asked to leave the team, however I bet it’s getting close to that happening. Also, as a mark of Lewis’ maturity, he didn’t get upset at the latest disaster, instead he just went and got on with it.
Talking of showing maturity and getting on with it, congruatulations have to go to Pastor Maldonado for his maiden win, although perhaps not so much to his team who followed up setting the track on fire by setting their garage on fire. In all seriousness, lets hope that all the crew hurt while dealing with it are ok.