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  • The pack led by Germany's Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, bottom left, races into the first corner during the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The British Grand Prix was halted on the opening lap Sunday after a collision involving Raikkonen and Felipe Massa of Williams. Massa escaped unhurt and drove back to the pits without his left rear wheel, but Raikkonen emerged limping from his smashed Ferrari that had lost most of the front end and left rear wheel. The race was stopped as 2007 champion Raikkonen was taken to the circuit medical center. He appears to have lost control of his car and hit the barriers before spinning across the track where he collided with Massa. The race will resume once debris from the crash is cleared and damage to track barriers is repaired. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP leads Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren into the first corner before the re-start during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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  • The car of Finland's Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari is being take back to the pits after the driver crashed during the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams limps back to the pits after a crash on the first lap during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: The drivers prepare to re-start the race behind the safety car during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • QUALITY REPEAT - Drivers take the restart behind the pace car at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • The pack led by Germany's Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, bottom, races after the race resumed during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. The British Grand Prix was halted on the opening lap Sunday after a collision involving Finland's Kimi Raikkonen of Ferari and Felipe Massa of Williams. Massa escaped unhurt and drove back to the pits without his left rear wheel, but Raikkonen emerged limping from his smashed Ferrari that had lost most of the front end and left rear wheel. The race was stopped as 2007 champion Raikkonen was taken to the circuit medical center. He appears to have lost control of his car and hit the barriers before spinning across the track where he collided with Massa. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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  • Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and Force India's German driver Nico Hulkenberg drive at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • Germany's Nico Rosberg of Mercedes rounds a bend during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Rosberg failed to complete the race due to mechanical failure. Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the race, Finland's Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished second and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • Finland's Valtteri Bottas of Williams, bottom, drives his car to second place during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the race and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Force India and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP drives during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Mercedes' Danish driver Kevin Magnussen drives at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Caterham F1 Team's Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson drives off the track at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Lotus crashes with Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico and Sauber F1 during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo drives at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton drives at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing in action during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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  • Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas drives at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • QUALITY REPEAT - Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg walks off the track after stopping at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg car is removed after stopping at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button drives at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Denmark's Kevin Magnussen of McLaren Mercedes rounds a bend during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the race, Finland's Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished second and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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  • Finland's Valtteri Bottas of William drives his car to second place during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the race and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
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  • Teams run onto the track for a restart at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren leads Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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  • Toro Rosso's Russian driver Daniil Kvyat (L) and Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo drive at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Sauber's Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez and Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel drive at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 during of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Britain's Jenson Button of McLaren Mercedes celebrates after qualifying third for Sunday's British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 5, 2014. Germany's Nico Rosberg of Mercedes won the pole position and Germany's Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, finished second. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday July 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates crossing the finish line in the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • Britain's Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes celebrates as he crosses the line in first place during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Finland's Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished second, and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished third. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Scuderia Toro Rosso during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Drew Gibson/Getty Images)
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  • QUALITY REPEAT - (L to R) Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo celebrate on the podium at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 after the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Red Bull Racing's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo and Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrate on the podium at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone on July 6, 2014 after the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium next to Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Williams and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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Qualifying for the British Formula One Grand Prix was just as much a surprise for fans as it was for teams. Certain team weather radar displays didn't accurately pinpoint storm systems over the track, and in the case of at least two teams, the lack of data was compounded by poor decision making. That's how both Ferraris and both Williams got kicked out of qualifying in Q3 – the drivers already on track took advantage of a dry spell between rains, but Ferrari and Williams waited too long to get back out, and by the time they did it had started raining again.

Rain-induced bewilderment hit the front of the field as well. When all appeared resolved in Q3 but the clock hadn't yet run down to zero, drivers including Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo pulled into the pits thinking the day was done. However, a drying last sector of the Silverstone circuit meant the drivers still out could suddenly improve their times by four seconds in just that sector. When the bell tolled, those who fought to the last were those who lined up first: Nico Rosberg in the first Mercedes AMG Petronas, Sebastian Vettel in the first Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Jenson Button in the McLaren, Nico Hülkenberg in the first Force India and Kevin Magnussen in the second McLaren.

Hamilton had fallen all the way to sixth on the grid, a mortifying blow to his race and his championship challenge. He was followed by Sergio Perez in the second Force India, Ricciardo in the second Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso teammates Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne completing the top ten.

When the green lights went out, the weather stayed bright, but ill winds blew on track for some.
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Starting with Kimi Räikkönen, who started 20th. On the first lap, the Finn ran wide at Aintree headed onto the Wellington Straight, hit a curb as he rejoined the track and lost the car, his Ferrari leaving the track and spearing into the barriers on the right side, then bouncing across the track and colliding with Felipe Massa before coming to rest in the barriers on the left side. Ferrari said Räikkönen's first impact registered 47 G – the medical light in the car comes on at 25 G. Helped from the car, he limped off to the medical center and is said to be all right save for some sore ankles and bruising on his knee.

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Stewards red flagged the race on Lap 2 for almost an hour to fix the barriers on the straight. When the race restarted behind the Safety Car, the front ten looked different: Rosberg, Button, Magnussen, Hamilton, Vettel, Hülkenberg, Ricciardo, Kvyat, Bottas – all the way up from 17th and Bianchi.

The race at the front was to see how long it would take Hamilton to get past Magnussen and Button, which he'd done by Lap 4. At that point he was five second behind Rosberg, but both Mercedes were putting around 2.5 seconds per lap into the rest of the field.

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Rosberg hit the pits first and grabbed a set of medium tires, Hamilton – whose stop again took longer than Rosberg's – grabbed a set of hard tires. Everyone thought the hard tires were the slower of the two, but Hamilton immediately set the fastest lap of the race, a second faster than Rosberg's previous best. We don't know how much this had to do with it, but Rosberg later admitted he began having gearbox problems just after his first stop, and they worsened to the point that on Lap 29 of the 52-lap race he had to retire. Rosberg's first DNF of the year put Hamilton in the lead, 31 seconds ahead of second place, and he'd cruise to victory.

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Williams proved Austria wasn't a fluke and that its woeful weekend so far had obscured true pace. Massa got taken out of his 200th grand prix in the Räikkönen incident, but Bottas carved up the field to claim third place by Lap 23, when Rosberg retired he took second and it was clear no one was going to overtake him for it. After finishing third in Austria two weeks ago, the other Finn took one step higher on the podium in England.

Ricciardo overcame his qualifying error with an impromptu one-stop strategy when he realized his medium tires could last longer than planned. By staying out, he dragged himself into third place, but cut it close: Button ate into his lead by around a second per lap over the last 12 laps of the race, and was only eight-tenths of a second behind at the checkered flag. Had the race gone one more lap, Ricciardo would have lost his podium to the Brit with the pink helmet.

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Vettel and Fernando Alonso claimed the next two positions a laps-long, millimeter-close duel between the current and former world champion that could have been called, as the English say, The Battle of the Dueling Whingers. Alonso – who started 19th and took a five-second penalty for lining up outside his grid box – made a brilliant pass on Vettel on Lap 34 to take fifth place. The two fought for the next fourteen laps, Vettel trying to make a move stick through the last complex of corners at Vale and Club then onto the main straight, Alonso always ducking to the inside and forcefully closing the door. Lap after lap, each driver complained about the other one running wide at Copse, which the stewards had already warned all drivers about, Vettel additionally angry about Alonso tactics that he felt forced him to lift off in order to avoid a crash, Alonso accusing Vettel of illegal use of his DRS. The stewards let them race, and Vettel finally made a pass stick on Lap 48. Magnussen, Hülkenberg, Vergne and Kvyat rounded out the rest of a quiet top ten.

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Hamilton's victory at his home grand prix and Rosberg's retirement put the Driver's World Championship axe right back on the grinder, there now being just four points between the two: Rosberg with 165, Hamilton with 161. Rosberg will be hoping for better reliability at his home grand prix in two weeks in Germany.

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Mercedes maintained its magnificent lead in the Constructor's Championship, 326 points to 168 for Infiniti Red Bull Racing. Ferrari with 106 points lost ground to Williams with 103, and Force India with 91 points lost ground to McLaren with 90. They'll all have two more chances to rectify their errors at Germany and Hungary before the Summer break. We'll see you in two weeks.


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      Narom
      • 6 Months Ago
      Great race. Best British GP race for a while, shame it wasn't one lap longer for JB.
      no1bondfan
      • 6 Months Ago
      It's great to see Williams back on the podium where they belong. The top spot has been pretty well dominated by Mercedes this year, but Rosberg and Hamilton have an interesting duel going, and it's cool to see some other teams mix it up. Look at Force India, fighting Ferrari and McLaren! The engine change may have screwed up the sound, but it did at least put an end to the miserable Red Bull procession that we've seen the last four years.
      Petrol
      • 6 Months Ago
      Overly exaggerated British fanaticism to say the least. But great race. Can we all assign colors to all of the fathers of the drivers too?
        TrippulG3
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Petrol
        I can't tell if you're trying to be funny with the father comment (it's not working), or if you are simply ignorant of the details of the situation. Either way, you should do a little research on John Button. You might actually learn what a highly regarded person he was by nearly everyone up and down the paddock, and you might not be so quick to make such a flippant remark.
      Groagun
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm hoping for Hamilton because he has the talent to dominate and has the car. I find Rosberg to be forgettable, I'm completely apathetic towards him. It's great to see Williams and Massa up front again but a real story no one seems to be talking about is Jenson Button. He had a great race and put the onus back on Ron Dennis, that old fart should retire! Good for Jenson and I hope we will see him get the chance with the new Honda powered McLaren.
        Narom
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Groagun
        The old fart should retire? I'd personally want him more hands on, he knows what he's doing.
        EZen
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Groagun
        "...Ron Dennis, that old fart should retire!" I don't think you understand what Ron Dennis has done for McLaren even within the last few years. He's an invaluable asset.
          Groagun
          • 6 Months Ago
          @EZen
          He 'was' an invaluable asset, I agree. I'm no longer confident he can run the team today and in the future. An old man with an old style that may no longer be applicable. Yes there is truth to the idea and application of experience and stewardship, a steady old hand at the controls but I'm not a believer in his ability to do that today.