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Hamil­ton was an­gry but he is just play­ing the game

Driv­ers putting pres­sure on teams and man­u­fac­tur­ers is noth­ing new. It has hap­pened for decades, if not longer, and Lewis Hamil­ton’s out­burst af­ter his gut-wrench­ing fail­ure at the Malaysian Grand Prix was un­der­stand­able on a num­ber of lev­els.

Firstly, he had just lost a golden chance to re­cap­ture the lead of the world cham­pi­onship af­ter var­i­ous prob­lems had be­fallen Nico Ros­berg. And se­condly, he has a point – the bad for­tune does al­ways seem to be head­ing in his di­rec­tion.talk of sab­b­o­tage is stupid, but don’t think that Hamil­ton’s com­ments were purely down to red mist steam­ing up his vi­sor as he stepped from the smoul­der­ing car. He knew they would draw head­lines, and he knew that Merc would take them se­ri­ously.

Ev­ery nut, bolt and volt­age ca­ble on his race car will be checked and dou­ble-checked now, which means Lewis’s out­burst will have just the ef­fect he wants it to have. Maybe he isn’t be­ing so rash. Matt James, Ed­i­tor

Josh Cook and An­drew Jor­dan’s col­li­sion, taken by Neil Orm­ston John Hen­der­son’s pho­to­graph from Rock­ing­ham

Robert Mintoft caught this eclec­tic mix from Mal­lory Park re­cently Bri­tish Ral­ly­cross ac­tion taken by Ash­ley Mor­ris

Sam Nudd went to the 750 Mo­tor Club meet­ing at Snet­ter­ton Peter Atkins took this shot of Rob Austin

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