July 2008

There are no two ways about it, if Lewis Hamilton and McLaren continue as they have done in the last two race weekends then the Driver’s Championship trophy will be sitting on his mantlepiece come the end of the year.

I thought his win at Silverstone a little lucky for two reasons.  Firstly, both McLaren and Ferrari had to gamble on tyres due to the timing of their pitstops - and ultimately one was going to get it horribly wrong.  Had it not rained again, I could see Kimi getting faster and faster while Lewis fell back, but as it happened the exact opposite took place.  Ferrari chose not to change Kimi’s tyres and when the rain came he simply had no grip, which allowed Lewis to waltz off into the distance whereas the other drivers were all waltzing round the track.

Football supporters can happily walk around in a replica of their favourite teams shirt - or even personalise it with a name and number on the back so that their support of a favourite player can be displayed to the world.

Supporters of other similar sports, such as rugby, can do the same thing but there are some sports which make this incredibly difficult.

Golfing fans can only really get away with wearing a shirt like Tiger Woods may wear out on the golf course unlike a footy fan who can wear his Manchester United shirt every minute of every day if he wants to.  With Wimbledon just gone, how many replica Nike shirts have been worn around the streets with people showing support for Federer or Nadal?  Not many I would bet.

DC appears to like dropping hints about his plans without giving the whole game away.

His press conference following an unexpected podium in Canada sounded awfully like a farewell speech of sorts although this was denied at the time, however it has subsequently turned out to be just that.

Now when asked about his future outside of being an F1 driver in an exclusive interview with formula1.com, he has stated that a life in the media may lie ahead :

Also on the side of the media, I can contribute a lot, as I have the knowledge of what its like inside a team.

It’s not often that a Grand Prix won by a huge margin is ever considered a classic, or potential classic but that has definitely been the case with this year’s British Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton strolled home in the rain over a minute ahead of his nearest rival and there is no doubt that he easily deserved his victory.  While seemingly everyone else in the field span off the road at least once, Hamilton managed to pretty much keep it pointing in the right direction.

The News of the World reported at the weekend in amongst it’s British GP preview that DC isto become a father after the end of the season.

I’ve not heard this or read it anywhere else, so I’m not 100% certain that it’s correct!  There are quotes from the man himself saying how pleased he is,but that this was not the reason behind his retirement.

As Max Mosley would protest, the News of the World is perhaps not the most reliable of sources, and it’s unusual that it’s sister paper, The Sun hasn’t mentioned the story ths week - to my knowledge anyway.

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