... AS HE PLOTS NEW PATH TO LEG­ENDS’ STA­TUS

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LEWIS HAMIL­TON is the first For­mula One driver to win 10 races in a sea­son and fail to se­cure the world ti­tle – and he will not be cel­e­brat­ing. “You can’t win them all,” the 31-year-old Bri­ton said as he con­ceded the ti­tle to Nico Ros­berg in Abu Dhabi on Sun­day. “I did ev­ery­thing I could these last four races. A big con­grat­u­la­tions to Nico his first world cham­pi­onship.” De­feat in the ti­tle race, in which Ger­man Ros­berg got nine race wins, means Hamil­ton will have to wait to be­come only the fifth driver with four or more world ti­tles – Alain Prost and Se­bas­tian Vet­tel won four, Juan-Manuel Fan­gio five and Michael Schu­macher seven. That means Hamil­ton is bril­liant but not quite a For­mula One leg­end. For­mula One supremo Bernie Ec­cle­stone, who aged 86 has seen ev­ery cham­pion crowned since the world ti­tle be­gan in 1950, has said Hamil­ton is needed by For­mula One. “As a driver, he (Hamil­ton) is ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing,” Ec­cle­stone told re­porters this year. “He is box of­fice, 100%. It doesn’t mat­ter what comes out of Lewis’s mouth. It’s good even if it’s silly. He’s great for the sport.”

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