6. Ros­berg pulls clear

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

Points: Ros­berg 75, Hamil­ton 39 Points: Ros­berg 100, Hamil­ton 57 Points: Ros­berg 106, Hamil­ton 82 Points: Ros­berg 288, Hamil­ton 265 Points: Ros­berg 313, Hamil­ton 280 Points: Ros­berg 385 Hamil­ton 380

Lewis Hamil­ton ar­rived on the back foot in China fol­low­ing suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries for Nico Ros­berg in Aus­tralia and Bahrain. The Bri­ton then faced a five-place penalty fol­low­ing a gear­box change be­fore an engine fail­ure in qual­i­fy­ing con­signed him to the back of the grid.

Hamil­ton lost his front wing in a first­corner in­ci­dent and re­cov­ered to fin­ish only sev­enth. Ros­berg started from pole po­si­tion and landed a third con­sec­u­tive win to take a com­mand­ing lead in the ti­tle race.

An­other vic­tory for Ros­berg in Rus­sia saw him head to Spain with a 43-point lead over Hamil­ton. Ros­berg passed pole-sit­ter Hamil­ton on the run down to turn one, but an engine set­ting, in­cor­rectly de­ployed by the Ger­man, en­abled Hamil­ton to de­crease the gap to his team­mate at a greater speed.

In de­fend­ing his lead, Ros­berg moved to block his team­mate, Hamil­ton took to the grass, spun, and then sen­sa­tion­ally col­lided with Ros­berg. Both Mercedes cars were out of the race af­ter just four cor­ners.

Hamil­ton fi­nally ended his eight-race los­ing streak af­ter he pulled off a tac­ti­cal mas­ter­stroke in the rain, as well as ben­e­fit­ing from a dis­as­trous pit-stop gaffe by Daniel Ric­cia­rdo’s Red Bull team. Ros­berg, who was or­dered by Mercedes to move out of Hamil­ton’s way in the open­ing phase of the race, crossed the line only sev­enth. ries in Canada and Azer­bai­jan be­fore head­ing to Aus­tria for round nine. Ros­berg ap­peared on course to ex­tend his lead in the ti­tle race, but dra­mat­i­cally crashed into Hamil­ton as the Bri­ton at­tempted to pass him around the out­side of turn two for the lead on the fi­nal lap. Hamil­ton emerged unscathed to win, but Ros­berg limped home only in fourth. Hamil­ton then went on a stel­lar run, win­ning at Sil­ver­stone, Hun­gary and Ger­many to take a 19-point lead into the sport’s sum­mer

Wins for Ros­berg fol­lowed in Bel­gium and Italy which moved the Ger­man back into the cham­pi­onship lead. A crush­ing dis­play over Hamil­ton in Sin­ga­pore saw the ti­tle pro­tag­o­nists head to Sepang with Ros­berg lead­ing by eight points.

Hamil­ton ap­peared on course to take back con­trol of the cham­pi­onship as he led in Malaysia, only for his engine to blow up with just 15 laps left. Third place for Ros­berg stretched his lead.

Hamil­ton struggled, both on and off the track, in Ja­pan. He fooled around on his phone dur­ing a tele­vised press con­fer­ence and then slumped to eighth on the open­ing lap af­ter a ter­ri­ble start. While he re­cov­ered to fin­ish third, Ros­berg led from start to fin­ish to claim his ninth vic­tory of the sea­son to move 33 points clear.

Hamil­ton looked like a beaten man fol­low­ing his drub­bing in Ja­pan, but the Bri­ton re­turned to his scin­til­lat­ing best at the en­su­ing dou­ble-header in the United States and Mex­ico to de­liver two im­pe­ri­ous vic­to­ries over Ros­berg.

Hamil­ton then turned in a wet-weather mas­ter­class in Brazil to seal a third con­sec­u­tive tri­umph. But de­spite Hamil­ton win­ning for a fourth suc­ces­sive time in Abu Dhabi, Ros­berg took the ti­tle af­ter cross­ing the line in sec­ond place.

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