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DEALER PROFILE: CHRIS MCQUADE
Fast track: Chris McQuade’s dream car is a red Ferrari and his favourite saying, ‘‘you only live once’’.
This dealer really loves cars
How long have you been in the
How long have you been with The Car
What do you do?
Everything to do with the buying and
selling of cars.
I’ve just completed a week trip to
Japan where we handpicked more than 100
What do you enjoy most about your
I love cars in general and dealing with
Mazda RX2 Coupe.
What do you drive now?
A car off the yard. My wife drives a Mini
A red Ferrari.
Outside of work, what do you do?
Mountain bike, motorsport, spend time
Top tip: You only live once.
Fans suggest Hamilton’s win too easy
Winning smile: Lewis Hamilton.
Accusations were rife this week
that Lewis Hamilton had been
handed victory at the Italian
Grand Prix by his team-mate.
Hamilton’s family urged him to
‘‘keep the faith’’ after he
overcame another series of
setbacks to take what appeared to
millions to be an impressive
winner in Monz.
theorists flooded social media
with suggestions that this was
payback for the infamous
collision in Belgium a fortnight
ago caused by Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg had apologised for the
incident that ended Hamilton’s
race in Belgium and allowed the
German to extend his lead over
his team-mate in the World
Championship to 29 points. That
lead was cut to 22 thanks to the
Briton’s triumph on Sunday.
Hamilton celebrated with
Anthony, his father, and Linda,
his stepmother, in the Mercedes
hospitality suite and the
champagne was long overdue –
this was his first victory since he
thrilled the home crowds at the
British Grand Prix on the first
weekend in July.
In between Silverstone and
Monza, Hamilton has been forced
to endure the torture of car
failures and the accident last time
out in Belgium that probably
robbed him of victory when his
race was ended by Rosberg.
This time, Twitter ignited
when Rosberg steered his car
down the escape road at the
Variante del Rettofilo, the
chicane at the end of the 220mph
main straight, and Hamilton
drove past to take the lead. Even
Sir Jackie Stewart, the three-
times world champion, was
suspicious that Rosberg’s
manoeuvre lacked the urgency of
a serious misjudgment.
‘‘I thought it was a bit too
easy,’’ Stewart said. ‘‘I thought he
could have at least made an effort
to get round the corner. I first
thought, ‘That’s wise’, because he
knew it wasn’t a difficult thing to
believe. The second time I
thought, ‘Hello, what’s going on
However, Rosberg, who
finished second, scoffed at the
idea that missing the first chicane
was planned. ‘‘What would be the
reason for me to do something
like that deliberately?’’ he said.
‘‘There is no reason why the
team would ask me to change
position. Mistakes happen and
that’s the way it is.’’
The fans had their say when
Rosberg mounted the podium to
collect his second-place trophy,
booing loudly even though he
attempted to speak to the Monza
crowd in Italian.
Although Hamilton assured the
fans that the rift between the
team-mates created by the fracas
in Belgium had been repaired,
Rosberg appeared awkward. And
the pair barely looked at each
other as they prepared for the
It was a pity that such a crucial
victory for Hamilton should be
overshadowed yet again in a
tumultuous season that has
ranged from elation to despair.
Hamilton has been forced to
face more than his fair share of
adversity in recent weeks, from
car fires and breakdowns to the
collision in Belgium where he
came off worst.
Even moments before the race
on Sunday, a mechanic
accidentally dropped a brake
cooler onto his front wing as
Hamilton steered his car to pole
position. That had to be changed
at the very last second. Then his
car’s launch control failed and he
had to battle back from fourth
place to the lead.
It was a bitter-sweet weekend
for British motorsport, with
Hamilton the third British
winner of the day after Dean
Stoneman took the GP3 junior
class, followed by Jolyon Palmer,
who strengthened his lead in the
GP2 championship with a
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