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Old 28 Feb 2002, 13:43 (Ref:224419)   #1
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Lewis Hamilton

Having been signed on a long term contract by McLaren several years ago, Hamilton has finally moved from carts into a high-profile single-seater champpionship. Do you think he will live up to the massive expectations in his 2002 Formula Renault campaign with Manor Motorsport?
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Old 28 Feb 2002, 14:40 (Ref:224465)   #2
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Old 28 Feb 2002, 16:22 (Ref:224547)   #3
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It will be interesting to see how Lewis does. I would guess he'll be amoung the top rookie. Anyone have the testing times from Snett yet?
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Old 1 Mar 2002, 15:10 (Ref:225205)   #4
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found a really good site for Renault testing times etc, www.singleseaters.co.uk (it's not my site though!) Lewis is in the top 6 mostly, 3rd on one day I think
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Old 1 Mar 2002, 15:37 (Ref:225213)   #5
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Lewis more than lived up to expectations in Snetterton testing. Sixth fastest overall despite brief off over the grass and gravel. In all, very impressive and, although some might think this sounds crazy, I don't think he could be discounted as a possible champion.

He admitted that working towards finding the extra 2 or 3 10ths is very difficult but he is openly mature enough to acknowledge that getting frustrated about it is not how to tackle the problem. He has to work at it. Simple as that.

For full times, lap breakdowns, the lot, go to www.mstworld.com

The overall times in order of who finished where after the total two days is on the official FRenault site www.renaultsport.co.uk with test report
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Old 1 Mar 2002, 18:33 (Ref:225310)   #6
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Lewis is a top class driver he'll just rise to the top whatever challenge is thrown at him.

After Davidson, Lewis will be the next British driver in to F1. Betcha.
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 00:28 (Ref:226277)   #7
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Hmmmm. I saw Lewis drive at a small indoor kart circuit about two years ago. He had been invited along to show the local hot shots a thing or two but they thrashed the pants off him! True, he was a little heavier than most of them but not much. I wonder what some of those lads would do with Ron's backing? Fat chance of that!
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 05:24 (Ref:226516)   #8
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I think Lewis is slightly over-hyped and perhaps a publicity tool?
And as for Davidson being the next British driver in F1.......i hate to be negative but i think you are dreaming, sorry just my opinion...
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 05:53 (Ref:226543)   #9
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As Ant is the official reserve driver for BAR I'd say he was better placed than any other British driver to get into F1 right now.

Justin Wilson is hampered by his managers lack of credibility in F1 circles, Darren Manning is very much out of favour especially has he has lost his f3000 drive.

So unless someone else can provide megabucks for a paydrive, I'd say that Ant will be the next brit to get to F1.

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Old 3 Mar 2002, 09:15 (Ref:226643)   #10
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Still doesn't mean he is going to get a full Grand Prix drive with the team. Until he is sitting on the start grid you are never fully assured. I am not bagging Ant but i just don't think he will get an F1 drive with out doing a full championship at least this year. i know he is doing a few selected F3 races but there is nothing like doing a full championship to get your name in front of everybodies nose. Out of sight, out of mind.
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 09:21 (Ref:226649)   #11
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I dont see Hamilton doing a Raikkonen or Pizzonia, I dont see anyone like that around at the mo. Hamilton is not bad but he isnt awesome.
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 09:25 (Ref:226653)   #12
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Hmmmm. I saw Lewis drive at a small indoor kart circuit about two years ago. He had been invited along to show the local hot shots a thing or two but they thrashed the pants off him! True, he was a little heavier than most of them but not much. I wonder what some of those lads would do with Ron's backing? Fat chance of that!
I'm not sure if you know anything about driving an outdoor go-kart but it is very hard for an outdoor driver to compete indoor!!!The differance is too big!!An indoor go-kart is like a shopping car there is always something wrong with the balance.If you aren't used to it than you are slower.Put the same local hot shots on an outdoor track in a outdoor kart and and you will see something else!!!The differance between an indoor and outdoor kart is the same as with a bike and a car!!
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 18:16 (Ref:227083)   #13
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I am not bagging Ant but i just don't think he will get an F1 drive with out doing a full championship at least this year. i know he is doing a few selected F3 races but there is nothing like doing a full championship to get your name in front of everybodies nose. Out of sight, out of mind.
Out of sight eh? He's regulalry testing for BAR - right under the noses of the F1 fraternity every time he drives. Conversely, how many F1 teams attend F3 / F3000 races? and how many actually care about what they read in Autosport?
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Old 3 Mar 2002, 19:14 (Ref:227137)   #14
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About Davidson, he had nothing to gain by staying in F3 this year. Traditionally, 1st and second place from the series move on, if second place stays in it and doesn't win it's a PR disaster. An F3000 drive might be good, but you don't turn down a test drive for an F1 team.

As for Hamilton, I see no evidence to show that he's not all that he's hyped up to be. I've seen evidence to show that he's good (I was impressed by how close he followed other winged cars in the winter series), and admittedly I haven't seen evidence to show that he will without a doubt blow everyone away this year, but he is good.
Give him a chance to show what he can do. If he doesn't learn anything or gain any good results then you can write him off, but as yet he's only competed in 4 car races.
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Old 4 Mar 2002, 10:10 (Ref:227619)   #15
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Lewis Hamilton is Ron Dennis' nephew, a fact kept very quiet by the publicity machine that surrounds him.

He's good, but then he has to be to justify Mclaren putting their name behind him, but I think JAmie Green is better.

Unfortunately i think that the path will be cleared for him to go further than he would if his mother hadn't been the sister of one of the most important figureheads in motorsport.
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