MALAYSIA: THE BIG END

F1 Racing - - “ONE RACE AT A TIME” -

Had Hamil­ton not suf­fered en­gine fail­ure in Malaysia, he would have 25 points more and Ros­berg three points fewer, which would have Nico lead­ing post-Ja­pan by ve points rather than 33. That’s a signicant dif­fer­ence in it­self.

Tak­ing into ac­count the other fail­ures is more com­plex, be­cause it is im­pos­si­ble to know where Hamil­ton might have nished had his week­end pro­gressed with­out in­ci­dent. But let’s start with the sce­nario that least favours Hamil­ton – that Ros­berg beat him in all the races in which he was af­fected by the en­gine prob­lems.

In other words, he nished sec­ond rather than third in Spa, and sec­ond rather than sev­enth in China. And, if we’re re­mov­ing tech­ni­cal is­sues from inuenc­ing the cham­pi­onship, let’s give Ros­berg back his sec­ond place in Sil­ver­stone.

In that sce­nario, Hamil­ton would lead by seven points af­ter Ja­pan; he’d gain three in Spa, which would be can­celled out by Ros­berg’s ex­tra three in Bri­tain, but Hamil­ton then gains 12 for China. How­ever, that’s the sit­u­a­tion that most favours Ros­berg. The odds of their three sea­sons to­gether are that Hamil­ton would have won at

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