HAM­MER TIME

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

Wolff pretty much strikes to the heart of the story of 2014 so far. The ques­tion is, when one of the most in­trigu­ing ti­tle fights in years is fi­nally re­solved, will there be glory de­spite the drama, or will the drama stand in glory’s way?

In the­ory, this cham­pi­onship should have been easy for the man in car num­ber 44. Lewis Hamil­ton has been the faster driver, in the team with the fastest car, by miles. Night should have fol­lowed day. It yet might but, as so of­ten seems to be the way with Lewis Hamil­ton, it has not quite worked out that way so far.

For var­i­ous rea­sons, the other Mercedes driver, Nico Ros­berg, has led the cham­pi­onship pretty much all year, and Hamil­ton has been chas­ing, try­ing to close a gap, al­ways the one with the more work to do, the one un­der the most pres­sure.

After the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, Hamil­ton just edged back into the lead. Prior to that, he had led the cham­pi­onship once. That was back in May, after his run of four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries from Malaysia to Barcelona.

In be­tween there have been mis­takes, mis­for­tune and sheer bad luck, all of which have played to the clichéd view of Hamil­ton – that he is a stu­pen­dously fast driver, but also a dan­ger­ously frag­ile per­son­al­ity. Ros­berg, the per­ceived wis­dom goes, has been calmly go­ing about his business, and his con­sis­tency has pres­sured Hamil­ton into vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

There have in­deed been mis­takes from Hamil­ton this year, more than you would get from, say, Fer­nando Alonso. But the truth of the sea­son is much more nu­anced than that.

Hamil­ton would be lead­ing the cham­pi­onship by a com­fort­able mar­gin, had he not had sig­nif­i­cantly the worst of the re­li­a­bil­ity at Mercedes.

In those few sen­tences,

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