Hamil­ton shows how to keep calm

World cham­pion puts on a masterclass for Mercedes at the Brazil­ian Grand Prix

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Every­one is rav­ing about Max Ver­stap­pen’s abil­ity to seem­ingly walk on wa­ter at In­ter­la­gos last week­end. Yes, the Dutch­man was hugely im­pres­sive on his fight back through the pack and onto the podium but it is very easy to over­look the fab­u­lous job done by leader Lewis Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

World cham­pi­onship chaser Hamil­ton had a lot of weight on his shoul­ders. One slip in Brazil and his ti­tle dream could have been drowned right there. But he didn’t err at all, and con­trolled the race from start to fin­ish. Never once did he look like he would drop it and that was un­der the most in­tense of pres­sure. He was hardly shown on the TV screens such was his un­flus­tered per­for­mance. As the ti­tle heat is turned up, there is no doubt that Lewis is keeping cool.

There was some anger at the dis­jointed na­ture of the race, with crashes, hold ups and red flags. While that was all very dis­ap­point­ing for the fans in the grand­stand (who weren’t back­ward in let­ting their feel­ings known) race con­trol and race di­rec­tor Char­lie Whit­ing were in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion.

While we all want to see rac­ing, and are frus­trated when we can’t, would you want to make the call about when it is safe to race and when it isn’t? When you con­sider what is at risk, maybe peo­ple should bow to his in­formed judge­ment rather than rail against it. Matt James, Editor (Twit­ter: @Mat­tjm­news)

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