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Hamilton expecting boring race for the fans

  • Published on 29 Sep 2018 12:55
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton is not expecting this weekend's Russian Grand Prix to be exciting for the fans watching. Following Friday practice around the Sochi Autodrom, Hamilton reported that he found it difficult to follow the cars ahead due to the dirty air being produced.

This led him to suggest that Sunday's race will not contain much action. Last season, the Russian event produced a lacklustre race, with just one overtake recorded following the opening lap. And Hamilton says that even running on a softer compound didn't help him get closer.

"As soon as you get within a few seconds of another car it’s pretty difficult to even get close,” he said. “Even with a tyre difference. I was trying to catch someone that was on soft tyres and I was on hypers. That’s the bad thing about this track, unfortunately. I don’t really know what they can to do make it better.”

“Unfortunately it’s most likely going to be something like a one-stop race which means it’s going to be boring for the fans,” he said. “Immediately I already know it’s going to be boring because it’s so hard to follow.”

Degradation on the Pirelli tyres was high during practice, especially on the hyper soft compound. The Italian marque's motorsport director Mario Isola says that teams will have to manage their pace on Sunday in order to keep their tyres in shape.

“As happened in the last races we know that teams will manage the pace,” he said. “And this is not good because we prefer to see a race where they are pushing, not where they will managing the pace. But with increased degradation this year we know the tendency this year is to manage degradation in order to avoid a second stop.”

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  • f1dave

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    No kidding ?

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    • Sep 29 2018 - 18:17
  • Why the hell say that before the race? I get it, it's likely to be a processional race, but he's part of the show. A show damn it. Saying crap to basically discourage people from watching. After all the work thousands of people put into hosting the event. It's not the first time. Even if it's true, it helps nobody to criticize a race before it happens.

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    • Sep 29 2018 - 19:02
  • f1ski

    Posts: 622

    Hamiltonkmows something we don’t. What struck me was in practice Kimi asked if it was raining. The pit lane noted oil slick on the top surface of the mb
    Safety light housing . Could Mercedes be injecting water or coolant to boost max power .

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    • Sep 29 2018 - 20:14
  • websurfer

    Posts: 52

    Racefixing? :)

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    • Sep 29 2018 - 21:15
  • He's right though, it probably will be boring for the fans. Hopefully having 3 top rated drivers starting from the back will spice things up a bit.

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    • Sep 30 2018 - 05:27

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