MATT JAMES AMES

“Lewis of old would have got in a huff”

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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Nico Ros­berg on win­ning his sev­enth straight grand prix at the week­end. The Ger­man has stolen a huge march over the rest of the field – par­tic­u­larly reign­ing world cham­pion Mercedes-benz team-mate Lewis Hamil­ton.

It now seems highly un­likely that Ros­berg will be de­railed in his bid for a first world ti­tle even at this early stage of the sea­son – al­though it is ridicu­lous to think that he will go on to take vic­tory in ev­ery race (yes, that is ac­tu­ally a bet that MN’S art ed­i­tor Mike Stokoe has made...)

There were some in­cred­i­bly silly con­spir­acy the­o­ries about Hamil­ton’s per­for­mances over the open­ing four races of the year. Some were sug­gest­ing that Mercedes had de­cided to put its eggs in to Ros­berg’s bas­ket this sea­son and were de­lib­er­ately turn­ing down Lewis’s car. What ut­ter balder­dash. None of the peo­ple who were ex­pound­ing that the­ory ex­plained ex­actly why Mercedes-benz would do it?

But I think one the most no­tice­able things about the start to the sea­son has been the re­ac­tion of Lewis Hamil­ton to his prob­lems.

There has been no histri­on­ics. There has been no back bit­ing. There have been no re­crim­i­na­tions com­ing from him.

Sure, he had a lit­tle pop at the of­fi­cials in Sochi last week­end, but that was un­der­stand­able.

But as for any car prob­lems, Hamil­ton has re­mained prag­matic – and that hasn’t al­ways been the way through­out his ca­reer.

A less ma­ture (and less suc­cess­ful) Hamil­ton was prone to push­ing the blame in var­i­ous di­rec­tions. He would stamp his feet and get in a huff. Not any more. The three-time cham­pion has shrugged his shoul­ders, taken it on the chin and just says that he is look­ing for­ward to the next chance to avenge what­ever prob­lems he has suf­fered.

Hamil­ton has cer­tainly not been to ev­ery­one’s tastes over his F1 ca­reer.

His flashy life­style and his grumpy de­meanour when things have gone wrong mean that he has been hard to sup­port.

But now, that Lewis seems to have dis­ap­peared and it has been re­placed by a much more like­able char­ac­ter, which will only be to his ben­e­fit.

It will ben­e­fit him within the sport and also to the pub­lic at large. It is just a shame that it is in de­feat that this as­pect has been added to his per­son­al­ity.

Nico has put Hamil­ton in his shadow this year

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