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Old 5 Oct 2002, 22:26 (Ref:396519)   #1
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Hamilton: - Just getting better and better

Isnt this guy just incedibily talented.


Hamilton Demolishes Eurocup Regulars




Formula Renault UK Championship driver Lewis Hamilton (Tewin, Welwyn) destroyed the Eurocup Formula Renault regulars at Donington Park this afternoon during the penultimate round of the European series, part of the LG Super Racing Weekend.

Having qualified his Manor Motorsport car on Pole Position with a time of 1m 31.581 seconds, Hamilton led from the green light with a faultless getaway allaying fears of a repeat of his false start during the final round of the Formula Renault UK Championship at the Leicestershire track two weeks ago.

The 17-year old, who ended the UK season in third place in the standings, put in a masterful performance throughout the 18 laps of the 2.5 mile Grand Prix circuit to finish a shade over 12 seconds ahead of JD Motorsport’s Austrian driver Christian Klein. Brazilian Roberto Streit completed the podium for Cram Competition while Eurocup championship leader Eric Salignon (France) was ninth for Graff Racing.

To cap a perfect weekend Hamilton produced a scintillating time of 1m 32.440s (97.27mph) on lap five to smash the record, set a fortnight ago by 2002 Formula Renault UK Champion Danny Watts, by around 4/10ths of a second.

Commenting on the dominant performance that brought Lewis his first ever Eurocup victory he said: “This feels fantastic. I had a great start – I made sure I didn’t jump it this time – and just kept pushing. I wanted to get the biggest gap I could and that’s what I did. In the end it was a fantastic win.”

It wasn’t such an enjoyable meeting for the two other UK Championship regulars Ryan Sharp (Aberdeen) and Swede Robin Rudholm who were driving for Fortec Motorsport.

After qualifying impressively on the second row of the grid Sharp was involved in a collision on the run out of the Melbourne Hairpin early in the race forcing him to retire. Rudholm meanwhile went wide at the exit of Fogarty’s Esses during the early going which dropped him right down the order. He eventually finished in 22nd place.
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Old 5 Oct 2002, 23:07 (Ref:396540)   #2
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Yeah, he´s really very good. I don´t see him that often but it was a great performance!
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 00:49 (Ref:396595)   #3
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He may have uncle Ron behind him but he is not driving the car, that's down to Lewis he has come on well this year and is without doubt one of the better drivers around at the moment.Well done
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 13:23 (Ref:396798)   #4
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Yes he is doing well. He suddenly clicked didn't he, after Spa it seemed. I like the Manor way of doing things ... this is the car set up that Kimi used and we know is quick, so just get in and drive it until you are the quickest, and concentrate on that. Don't faff and lose yourself on set-up nuances, just drive it. And it seems to have worked, because Lewis has certainly clicked now and found the elusive bit (normally corner entry speed). I'm pleased for him, in truth, even though he is a sort of competition - not that much competition, because he is sorted financially, where we are not. He is under pressure to perform - the pressure of expectation - and he has achieved.
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 18:08 (Ref:396991)   #5
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That shows a lot of maturity then because most drivers are up themselves and convinced they know how to engineer.
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 20:55 (Ref:397043)   #6
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impressive stuff !..i havent seen it yet , im hoping eurosport to a re-run tomorrow .
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 20:58 (Ref:397047)   #7
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he does have a LOT of knowledge of that circuit tho.. compared to the rest of them, times were close, and i aint all that impressed!! i aint a fan... sorry...
if he was that good, he would have won the british championship.....
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 21:02 (Ref:397052)   #8
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thats a bit unfair.....first full season of car racing ...not so sure i agree with that .
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 21:28 (Ref:397071)   #9
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Very unfair. It takes a driver the first half of the year to get things sorted. Lewis was learning, then came good in the second half of the year. He would be a challenge to any driver now.
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 21:44 (Ref:397083)   #10
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Have to agree with the two boys above, the comment you've made about Hamilton is very unfair.

Watts had three years experience of racing in Renault's under his belt so was expected to win (not to downgrade his effort as he drove well just stating a fact) where as this was Hamilton's first season in cars and as has been stated above it takes a good half year to adapt to racing cars from karts Once he had he was a match for anyone including Watts. Did you not see the way he dominated some of those races this year? Very impressive for a first year driver. You have to say that both him and Jamie Green are two stars of the future and great prospects to be future British F1 drivers.

Have to say I'm shocked Hamilton wasn't nominated for the Young Driver Award though.

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Old 6 Oct 2002, 22:06 (Ref:397102)   #11
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I'm not yet convinced about Hamilton, but well done to him for his win at Donington. And I thought the copy in the original post was a bit over the top... "masterful", "scintillating, "dominant"... why do people write stuff like that!

On Gaz's point, it would have been difficult for Hamilton to have been in the final six for the Autosport award but not the two above him, and to have three Renault drivers among the final six would have been a bit too much I guess.
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Old 6 Oct 2002, 22:16 (Ref:397113)   #12
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Guess your right on that one Ian, would have been a bit much to have three Renault drivers in it and although as I've stated above Hamilton has done well this year I have been slightly more impressed with Green. He reminds me of Jenson a great deal.

Another point as well I suppose is that if Hamilton had got picked and had won it with McLaren backing the Award one or two synicles would have thought a fix with Hamilton's ties to the team.
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Old 7 Oct 2002, 06:46 (Ref:397285)   #13
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Of course its going to take alot more results than just this year to how good Hamilton really is , but the point being he has held his own very well this year .
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Old 7 Oct 2002, 12:03 (Ref:397424)   #14
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so if hes that good then, he will win every event next year?

i doubt it... he aint no Senna!

Money helps you win... anyone got any idea how many engines he used this year? or tyres? or rod ends? gearboxes... etc.. more u have the better u go!
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Old 7 Oct 2002, 13:17 (Ref:397469)   #15
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Realistically, Green did not show as much talent as Hamilton this year. But for the 10 second penalty Hamilton incurred Green would not have been runner up in the championship.

However, the most telling aspect of the comparison is that Green failed to dominate even one race weekend, much less a race for the year. His two wins were; 1) in a 3-4 lap race which arguably should either not have been started or alternatively should not have been stopped. 2) it is clear that in his second win he would never have achieved it if Watts and Hamilton had not collided at the first corner. Therefore, logically he achieved boths wins from luck. not to detract from his ability or talent but this is the reality.
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