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Lewis Hamilton shunts in Bahrain practice

Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton crashed his McLaren into a tyre barrier at speed during today’s practice session for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Despite being shaken up he ended with the fourth-quickest time, almost 1.5 seconds down on Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

Judging by these events, Massa looks to be the man to beat in the race proper. He has been criticized for not being able to handle the new rules on drivers’ aids in the cars.

His best lap time of one minute 31.240 seconds was said to be a whole second quicker than his pole position lap of a year ago.

World champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was almost a second down, with Heikki Kovalainen third in his McLaren, just edging Hamilton into fourth.

BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica posted the fifth-best lap, followed by Nico Rosberg for Williams, David Coulthard in his Red Bull, the second Williams of Kazuki Nakajima, Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Bourdais and the Renault of Nelson Piquet.

Jenson Button was 11th in his Honda, with Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson bringing up the rear over four seconds down.

You make your own luck, it’s said. Hamilton seems to swing from extremely fortunate to desperately unlucky. Given his car is very reliable, he needs to stabilize his performance now if he’s to live up to last season’s sensational start to his career.

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Massa on pole, Hamilton second on grid

Felipe Massa is in pole positon with Lewis Hamilton second for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix.


Lewis Hamilton in Brazil GP practice

Happily, Hamilton escaped with his championship dream in place last night after his McLaren team went unpunished for illegally using two sets of wet-weather tyres in yesterday’s first practice session.

McLaren were fined £10,500 for the error. The Englishman takes a four-point lead into the title decider tomorrow.

Team boss Ron Dennis said, “It was 100 per cent our fault, not Lewis’s. Perhaps we were too tense.”

Hamilton said, “For me, I am so competitive. I always want to over-achieve, I want to achieve more and more and more. I want to win. I want it so bad, and the last race really showed me just how much I want it. I’ve been leading the championship now since the third race, and for me that’s just mind-blowing. Coming into the season, I was just hoping to do a good job, maybe get some points and podium positions, so I never imagined I would have four race wins and six pole positions. But I have the chance to win the world championship this weekend, and if I do, then fantastic. It will be a big step in my career and my life. If not then I will live to fight another day and I will move on to next year and try to win it then. But I feel I was born for this, so I know I’ve got it in me.”

He added, “It’s quite surreal being here. For many years I’ve wanted to come to Brazil and race at Interlagos. My first real opportunity is now here, and I’m buzzing. I can’t wait. I’m really excited about this. I look back and I’ve had a phenomenal season for my first year in Formula One. I’m 22 years old and very fortunate to be driving for McLaren. I’m very, very privileged to be in the position I am now, and I never thought I would be here, days away from potentially winning the world championship. I was in my hotel room yesterday looking out of the window, and I was thinking ‘wow!’ ”

Tomorrow’s race will be a sea of dreams.

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Alonso could go to Ferrari

With Felipe Massa negotiating a deal with Toyota, disgraced McLaren driver Fernando Alonso may seek a face-saving move to the outfit he helped defeat his own team, McLaren, in the recent spygate scandal.

Talk about a melting pot, the current swirling state of driver allegiances within Formula One, after a gripping season on the track, is enough to make a publicist weep.

Lewis Hamilton is still 2-points ahead of Spaniard Alonso with three races to complete. It’s all to race for, but no-one expects Alonso to give the rookie Englishman an easy ride.

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Alonso obstructs Lewis Hamilton in Belgium

Here we go again. The gathering feud between Fernando Alonso, who thinks he’s hard done-by because team-mate Lewis Hamilton is not “slowed down” by McLaren, and Hamilton himself, who is just doing his best, erupted in the Belgian Grand Prix.


Kimi Raikkonen, the winner for Ferrari

That’s not even mentioning the feud between Ferrari and McLaren, or the bad blood beween FIA and the British team — fined a massive £50m ($100m) last week for allegedly receiving stolen intellectual property from a disgruntled Ferrari mechanic.

On the first bend Alonso clearly drove the British rookie off the track, but struggled to reach third place. Hamilton came in fourth, losing one point to the big bully ahead of him.

Later, Hamilton complained, “The last few years I have been watching F1 and Fernando has always been complaining about other people being unfair. It was blatant. He pushed me wide quite deliberately. For someone who is trying to set a standard, he is not living up to it. “There was enough room for us both to get round, but suddenly I didn’t have any room. It was not a fair or race manoeuvre. I was lucky there was a run-off area.”

Top Ten Race Result
1 K Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1hr 20min 39.066sec
2 F Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:20:43.761
3 F Alonso (Sp) McLaren 1:20:53.409
4 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:21:02.681
5 N Heidfeld (G) BMW Sauber 1:21:30.945
6 N Rosberg (G) Williams 1:21:55.942
7 M Webber (A) Red Bull 1:21:59.701
8 H Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:22:04.172
9 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:22:04.727
10 R Schumacher (G) Toyota 1:22:07.640

Drivers’ Championship
1 Hamilton 97pts
2 Alonso 95
3 Raikkonen 84
4 Massa 77
5 Heidfeld 56
6 Kubica 33
7 Kovalainen 22
8 Fisichella 17
9 Rosberg 15
10 Wurz 13

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