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Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix

From time to time, we get requests to show the all-important statistics relating to Formula 1. So here are the current positions of Drivers and Constuctors in the F1 Championships tables as of 12 August 2013. First the Drivers:

1. Sebastian Vettel, German, Red Bull Racing-Renault — 172pts
2. Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish, Lotus-Renault — 134
3. Fernando Alonso, Spanish, Ferrari — 133
4. Lewis Hamilton, British, Mercedes — 124
5. Mark Webber, Australian, Red Bull Racing-Renault — 105
6. Nico Rosberg, German, Mercedes — 84
7. Felipe Massa, Brazilian, Ferrari — 61
8. Romain Grosjean, French, Lotus-Renault — 49
9. Jenson Button, British, McLaren-Mercedes — 39
10. Paul di Resta, British, Force India-Mercedes — 36

Let’s now look at the Constructors’ performances:

1. Red Bull Racing-Renault — 277
2. Mercedes — 208
3. Ferrari — 194
4. Lotus-Renault — 183
5. Force India-Mercedes — 59
6. McLaren-Mercedes — 57
7. STR-Ferrari — 24
8. Sauber-Ferrari — 7
9. Williams-Renault — 1
10. Marussia-Cosworth — 0
Information from the official F1 website.

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A happy New Year

Formula 1 Latest wishes a very happy New Year to all our readers and a fine season to come.

Will it be a repeat of this year, or will rookie Lewis Hamilton take the title that looked in the bag in 2007?

Like the last season it’s likely to be unpredictable to the last. Let’s at least hope that McLaren can avoid the fines and humiliations of the past year.

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Italian Grand Prix — another grand farce

Ron Dennis While Lewis Hamilton and McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso yesterday battled for pole position for today’s Italian Grand Prix, Italian police said they had served writs on five McLaren employees, including team boss Ron Dennis.

In the real event, McLaren fended off Ferrari on the track, with Alonso taking pole ahead of Hamilton.

Off track, Ron Dennis has vowed to clear his team of any wrongdoing at a hearing of the World Motor Sports Council in Paris on Thursday. Now they may have to defend themselves in the Italian courts as well.

Formula One seems to be morphing from grand prix to grand farce.

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Lewis Hamilton gets top billing in Canadian GP

The Canadian national newspaper, The Globe and Mail devotes five pages to wunderkind Lewis Hamilton, who has clocked five podium finishes in his first five Grand Prix. There’s no doubt who is the talking point of tomorrow’s Canadian GP.

But Hamilton has a problem. It goes back to Monaco when he seemed to be pulled back by team orders from Ron Dennis, the man who has nurtured his talent for 10 years. After the race, he spoke out perhaps more sharply than he meant to. His message? The Rubens Barrichello role is not for him. Barrichello is best remembered as Michael Schumacher’s deputy dawg at Ferrari. Despite being an excellent driver, in his native Brazil he’s regarded as a figure of fun.

Hamilton is not going down that road, “I think every weekend when I am matching Fernando’s times, if not doing better, I am demonstrating that I’ve got the ability to be a champion; to deserve at least to be equal with him. I’d hate the situation Rubens was in. If that was ever the case, I would not be here much longer.”

Some commentators are now suggesting that Ferrari’s weighty cheque book could tempt him to cross the pits to their camp. But this seems unlikely unless Dennis loses all sense of proportion and clamps down on his young protege, a move that would lose him a great deal of respect in his British heartland.

So how will Hamilton press his claims within the team? “That’s a good question,” he says. “I’ve got to remember the fact that I’m privileged to be part of such a wonderful team. I’d do anything for this team. I’ve bonded with the guys so well at testing and over the years I’ve been here. I believe I’ve got a special relationship, just because they’ve seen me grow up. They want me to win just as much I want to win for them. I don’t feel there is a need to get a special message across. They can see I’m doing a good job. I think when I do win they’ll be excited. Ron wants us both to win but two people can’t win. Monaco was just one race when it didn’t go in my favour, but in the future there will come a time when it will.”

In Friday’s practice sessions Alonso held the lead, but Hamilton pledged caution on his first attempts on this track. He’ll be faster in the race itself.

But so will the Ferrari duo on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.

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