Hamilton takes pole to revive his title chances



As the F1 season approaches its summer break after a rapid-fire succession of three races in the last four weeks, the demeanour of the leading championship contenders is illuminating.

Lewis Hamilton, currently fourth, has had an interesting time since an awful British GP, with a number of stories about him partying with multiple women and a resultant fresh spat with his girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger. Since an equally unfruitful German GP last week he's been hanging out with filming friends in Cannes, then with the boxing legends Muhammad Ali and Vladimir Klitschko at the V & A sporting dinner last Wednesday. And it seems that he has become a serial tweeter in this latest spell of adversity.

"This was me & my man Desmond Tutu. Just realised I didn't tweet it before," he advised in one tweet.

"Shout out to my boy chris breezy @chrisbrown, incredible talent! Listen to his music before races... helps me get in the zone," said another, while others advised a fan: "What is important, is you do what suits you & not what others expect," and "People are always scared of whats [sic] different, afraid of change. We are always growing & changing."

Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel, third, has been getting uncharacteristically tetchy and semantic. "I have a mouth and you have ears," he told reporters on Thursday while denying that he'd called Hamilton stupid for trying to unlap himself on the leaders in Germany. Yet what he actually said was: "That was not nice of him. I don't see the point why he's trying to race us. If he wants to go fast he can drop back, find a gap and go fast there. But it's a bit stupid to disturb the leaders." Herr splitting?

Vettel lost second place in Germany for illegally overtaking Jenson Button, was told that his team have to modify their engine maps here and has struggled all weekend with the handling, and now it has emerged that in Canada the FIA found a button within the Red Bull's cockpit that enabled the drivers to make changes to the ride height in a way that contravened the regulations laid down by the FIA.

The team denied using the facility between qualifying and the race, which would be illegal, but the endless battles over their interpretation of the rules are having an adverse effect.

Mark Webber, second overall to Alonso, won the British GP but was an also-ran in Germany and will start only 11th on the grid today. The amiable Aussie has been tight-lipped this weekend.

The calmest contender is the man who started the season in the worst car: Fernando Alonso at Ferrari. Holding a 34-point lead going into this race, the Spaniard has never driven better and has worked tirelessly on and off track to help Ferrari to massage their car into the only three-time winner.

But right now he's only sixth on the grid, and Hamilton is on pole; McLaren's 150th, his 22nd. Hamilton desperately needs a victory here, and nothing would signal better his intention to make sure that with nine races left the fight for the championship crown is a long way from over.

Jacqueline Bisset has claimed that young women today are obsessed with being 'hot', rather than 'charming', 'romantic' or 'beautiful'
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvDownton Abbey review: It's six months since we last caught up with the Crawley clan
Frank Lampard and his non-celebration
premier leagueManchester City vs Chelsea match report from the Etihad Stadium
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
techNew app offers 'PG alternative' to dating services like Tinder
Greg Dyke insists he will not resign as Football Association chairman after receiving a watch worth more than £16,000 but has called for an end to the culture of gifts being given to football officials
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
premier league
Arts and Entertainment
'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
tvOnly remaining original cast-member to leave crime series
Mario Balotelli celebrates his first Liverpool goal
premier leagueLiverpool striker expressed his opinion about the 5-3 thriller with Leicester - then this happened
Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says
tvSpoiler warning: Star of George RR Martin's hit series says viewers have 'not seen the last' of him/her
Plenty to ponder: Amir Khan has had repeated problems with US immigration because of his Muslim faith and now American television may shun him
people''Women's rights is too often synonymous with man-hating'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments