Hamil­ton hopes for a mir­a­cle

Sport360 - - Rugby Rugby Championship - By Philip Dun­can @ PhilDun­canF1 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

Lewis Hamil­ton is call­ing for a mir­a­cle to dig him out of his Sin­ga­pore hole af­ter he qual­i­fied only fifth for to­day’s race.

Hamil­ton’s Mercedes team have long pre­dicted that they would strug­gle at this grand prix and so it proved in qual­i­fy­ing with the Bri­ton 0.635 sec­onds adrift of Vet­tel’s pole lap. His team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas was even fur­ther back in sixth.

The high-down­force tracks have suited Fer­rari this year, and worked against Mercedes, and while it ap­peared at one stage as though Red Bull teenager Ver­stap­pen would be­come the sport’s youngest ever pole sit­ter, Vet­tel pro­duced the goods when it mat­tered most.

“I am go­ing to have to fig­ure out how to pull a mir­a­cle out of some­where,” said Hamil­ton. “It is dif­fi­cult to know what to pre­dict at this track.

“It is not a good rac­ing cir­cuit be­cause you can’t over­take as it is very hard to fol­low so the race is gen­er­ally a pro­ces­sion. But there is the start which can be ex­cit­ing and safety cars do of­ten come in to play here, too.

“Strat­egy can also be an ex­cit­ing part of the race. I have just got to keep the pres­sure on the guys in front with­out over­cook­ing my car.”

The race in Sin­ga­pore has been billed as a must-win for Vet­tel and the re­lief in his voice was pal­pa­ble when he stuck his Fer­rari on pole.

Away from the track, Hamil­ton, 32, has also re­vealed this week­end that he will be adapt­ing his diet af­ter watch­ing the pro-ve­gan Net­flix film ‘What the Health’.

Ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion, Hamil­ton said: “I love an­i­mals, and this doc­u­men­tary is re­ally in­sight­ful. The pol­lu­tion that is com­ing from pro­duc­ing cows is in­cred­i­ble. They say it is more than what we emit with our cars and flights. I want a healthy life. I don’t want to have di­a­betes, or heart and can­cer is­sues which have been in my fam­ily.”

It’s not look­ing good: Lewis Hamil­ton.

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