Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and More

Oliver Harden@@OllieHardenFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and More

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    Judging by his expression on the above image, taken from the podium of the German Grand Prix, you would think Lewis Hamilton is a man desperate for a clean weekend.

    The 2008 world champion, however, has revealed that he likes to do things the hard way after charging from 20th on the grid to a comfortable podium finish at Hockenheim.

    Hamilton made contact with Jenson Button, his former McLaren teammate, during his recovery drive, with the latter initially left unhappy with the former's manoeuvre.

    Button eventually withdrew his comments, but Felipe Massa was in no mood to do so, having retired on the first lap for the second consecutive race.

    The Williams driver rolled at the first corner after tangling with Kevin Magnussen, with Massa bemoaning the attitude of young drivers.

    The kids aren't all bad, according to Fernando Alonso, who has commended Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo after a stunning start to 2014.

    The same cannot be said, though, of Kimi Raikkonen's season so far, although the "Iceman" has explained how the Ferrari is slowly beginning to suit his style.

    Here's this week's roundup.

Lewis Hamilton Doesn't Want to Win as Easily as Nico Rosberg

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    Lewis Hamilton has claimed that he would not like to win easily in what could be interpreted as his latest dig at Mercedes teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg.

    Hamilton has retired from two races with mechanical problems this season—in Australia and Canada—in contrast to Rosberg, who suffered his first retirement of the season due to a gearbox issue at the British Grand Prix earlier this month.

    As well as failing to finish races, Hamilton has also been hindered by a number of poor qualifying results recently, with a highest grid spot of sixth in the last three events.

    Rosberg, meanwhile, has recorded two pole positions in that same period.

    The latest of which, of course, came in the German Grand Prix, with the home favourite enjoying a routine victory at Hockenheim as Hamilton was forced to battle through the field after a brake failure on Saturday.

    And after recovering to third by the chequered flag, only just missing out on the second place achieved by Williams' Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton has revealed that he prefers to do things the hard way.

    The 2008 world champion told Andrew Benson of BBC Sport:

    It's not been a smooth-sailing season for me, as it has been mostly for the guy I'm racing against.

    But I don't want it easy. Some don't mind that. But I do like a challenge.

Jenson Button Retracts Criticism of Lewis Hamilton After German GP Collision

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    Jenson Button has admitted that he went too far with his criticism of former teammate Lewis Hamilton in the immediate aftermath of the German Grand Prix.

    Button and Hamilton collided at the Turn 6 hairpin at Hockenheim during the Mercedes driver's charge from 20th on the grid to a podium spot, leaving Hamilton with a damaged front wing.

    The 2008 world champion apologetically waved as he completed the pass on Button soon after, but the 2009 title winner was less than pleased after the chequered flag.

    Button told Pete Gill of Sky Sports

    I don't think I'm the only person he drove into. It's strange when the [Mercedes] car is much quicker, you wouldn't think he would get into such fights.

    After watching footage of the incident, however, Button accepted that the positioning of his car for the slow right-hander gave the illusion that he was opening the door for Hamilton to pass.

    The McLaren driver stated via his personal Twitter account:

    After watching the race back think I overreacted with my feelings about Lewis's move. I can understand why he thought I was giving him room.

    Amazed we both got around the corner!

Felipe Massa Warns Youngsters After Kevin Magnussen Tangle

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    Felipe Massa has pleaded with his younger colleagues to approach race starts with greater maturity after his latest frightening accident.

    The Williams driver was flipped upside down after being hit by the McLaren of Kevin Magnussen at the first corner at Hockenheim.

    The incident occurred only two weeks after Massa retired on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix while trying to avoid the spinning Kimi Raikkonen, with Massa also involved in a violent crash with Sergio Perez in the latter stages of last month's the Canadian Grand Prix.

    And Massa has urged his rivals to calm down, telling Autosport's Jonathan Noble:

    It is not the first time he has been in an accident on the first lap.

    Most of the time, these young drivers, they want to win the race at the first corner.

    And if you take most of the accidents that happen, it happens mostly with them.

    Honestly I don't remember in the past that this type of accident happening all the time.

    I was young and I even crashed many times, but I don't remember following different rules to the ones we have.

Fernando Alonso Pays Tribute to Daniel Ricciardo

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    While a former Ferrari driver has criticised the on-track conduct of Formula One's young drivers, a current Prancing Horse stalwart has praised the performances of one youngster in particular.  

    Fernando Alonso has had a few encounters with Red Bull drivers in recent races, enjoying a 14-lap scrap with fellow world champion Sebastian Vettel in the British Grand Prix.

    That fight, you'll recall, was marred by both drivers complaining via team radio about each other going off track to maintain their position at Silverstone—but there was no such animosity surrounding Alonso's battle with Daniel Ricciardo in the German Grand Prix.

    The double world champion, in fact, paid tribute to Ricciardo, the only non-Mercedes driver to win a grand prix this season.

    Alonso told Autosport's Ben Anderson and Jonathan Noble:

    Daniel is a surprise from Australia—I think he is doing unbelievable.

    He's driving fantastically, and in Germany he was battling very smart, always taking my slipstream after I passed him, and braking very late, attacking very late, and [he] never missed the corner.

    He was very, very smart, [with] respect also with the rules. It was a great fight.

Kimi Raikkonen Pleased with Ferrari Improvement

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    Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari are starting to get on top of the problems that have plagued his 2014 campaign.

    The 2007 world champion's return to the Prancing Horse, it is fair to say, has not gone as expected, with the Finnish driver failing to finish higher than seventh in 10 grands prix.

    Despite qualifying 12th and finishing a lowly 11th in the German Grand Prix, Raikkonen appeared much more comfortable at Hockenheim, racing wheel-to-wheel with his peers.

    And the 34-year-old suggested that a turning point in his season is on the horizon, telling Ben Anderson of Autosport:

    It continues to feel more like it should even if the results are not where we should be.

    The car felt much better here—more to my liking—I could drive it more as I wanted and it started to feel nice.

    On another weekend, when I get more parts, it should help and we can start turning it around and get more points in the race.

    It's not easy. Things are not going to plan. Something always goes wrong. Hopefully it will stop at some point.

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