Hamil­ton of­fers glimpse of fu­ture in Brazil

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LEWIS HAMIL­TON’S per­for­mance in Sun­day’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix was “the best fourth place I have ever seen” ac­cord­ing to his Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff.

The 32-year-old, who clinched his fourth world ti­tle in Mex­ico at the end of Oc­to­ber, of­fered a glimpse of his per­sonal de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­tain his cham­pion’s crown in his daz­zling drive from the pit lane to fourth po­si­tion.

And while 2016 cham­pion Nico Ros­berg, Hamil­ton’s for­mer team­mate with Mercedes, lauded the Bri­ton’s speed and race-craft, he also sug­gested that Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Fer­rari had this year missed out on their best chance to stop him.

“I don’t think Se­bas­tian Vet­tel will have a bet­ter chance next year,” said Ros­berg af­ter watch­ing the four-time cham­pion make the most of Hamil­ton’s rare blun­der in Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing to claim his fifth win of the sea­son ahead of Valt­teri Bot­tas in the sec­ond Mercedes.

“This year the op­por­tu­nity for him to win the World Cham­pi­onship was huge, but Mercedes as a whole team is just a power – so I think the gap be­tween them and Fer­rari could even get big­ger in the com­ing sea­son.”

As praise for Hamil­ton’s drive poured in, how­ever, Ros­berg warned that even the cham­pion team can make mis­takes.

“Yes, let’s see. Even Mercedes has made mis­takes and Se­bas­tian has to hope for more of that and to be there at the right mo­ment.”

Ros­berg’s for­mer boss Wolff said he be­lieved Hamil­ton’s drive was “as­ton­ish­ing” and sug­gested that he had the speed to win the race af­ter start­ing in the pit lane.

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