LET­TERS Lewis must learn

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I think Lewis Hamil­ton has proved once again how he thinks his ego is big­ger than F1 or Mercedes.

The rights or wrongs of his di­a­bol­i­cal dis­play in Abu Dhabi of lack of re­spect for ev­ery­one around him, I’d like to look at two sce­nar­ios and their out­comes for him.

Firstly, what he did. I think he robbed the TV and pay­ing pub­lic of the spec­ta­cle of Mercedes go­ing flat out. He dis­obeyed his pay­mas­ters and nearly jeop­ar­dised their de­sired 1-2 fin­ish.

He to­tally en­gi­neered a sit­u­a­tion over which he had lit­tle con­trol (he made not have cared less) as Nico could have clum­sily took them both off in an at­tempt to get away from Vet­tel (and prob­a­bly only got a five-sec­ond penalty for caus­ing an avoid­able ac­ci­dent) and still lost the cham­pi­onship.

Nico could have let Vet­tel past and still won the cham­pi­onship, with the pos­si­bil­ity that the faster Fer­rari would have taken him off and fur­ther an­noyed his pay­mas­ters.

Se­condly he could have given us a won­der­ful dis­play of car con­trol and Mercedes dom­i­nance, leav­ing Nico to fight his own bat­tle with Vet­tel (pleased his pay­mas­ters) giv­ing us a good en­ter­tain­ing race.

The con­trast­ing on­go­ing con­se­quences of his stu­pid­ity mean that rather than be­ing a gra­cious loser with the ben­e­fits of hav­ing Mercedes 100 per cent be­hind him next year, he has alien­ated Nico, Toto Wolff, the Daim­ler Board, Vet­tel, the pay­ing pub­lic, the FIA race of­fi­cials and the rest of the world.

Post-sea­son blues might be in full flow, but you can re­live the cel­e­bra­tions of the 2016 Autosport Awards, with Sky Sports F1 run­ning a high­lights pro­gramme from the event (Thurs­day, 1900-2000hrs).

If a bit of gravel and mud is more your thing than black tie, you can re­live the last year of Volk­swa­gen’s all-con­quer­ing ef­fort with a handy World Rally Cham­pi­onship best-of pro­gramme, with high­lights from the 2016 sea­son (Sun­day, 1340-1650hrs, Mo­tors TV). Se­bastien Ogier is the man in de­mand as he at­tempts to plot his fu­ture fol­low­ing a fourth world ti­tle, and this high­lights show will re­mind you why he’s so de­sired.

If you’re al­ready strug­gling to cope with life af­ter For­mula 1, Sky Sports F1 is your friend through the off­sea­son with their series of Clas­sic F1 races. The next one to get your nos­tal­gia go­ing is the 1991 Mex­i­can Grand Prix (Mon­day, 2100-2145hrs). Wil­liams was at the peak of its pow­ers in South Amer­ica, and locked out the front row, but could drivers Ric­cardo Pa­trese and team-mate Nigel Mansell con­vert that suc­cess into vic­tory?

For any as­pir­ing sin­gle-seater racer, the Ma­cau Grand Prix must surely be up there as one of the must-do events – and it’s not hard to see why with the dif­fi­cult and nar­row street rac­ing hav­ing the stars of the fu­ture bat­tle it out for the crown. 2016 was an­other ac­tion packed run­ning, and Mo­tors TV has a handy high­lights pack­age (Mon­day, 1720-1855hrs).

Nov 30

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