Lewis Hamilton has fallen short of winning the World Drivers Championship this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix. After running wide and burying his car in the gravel trap along the pit entry, he has left the door open to a real showdown in the final race in Brazil.
The weekend was fraught with controversy as Fernando Alonso unleashed a scathing attack on his team, McLaren, for doing something to his car in the 3rd session during qualifying and preventing him from capturing pole for the race. With all the chest-pounding and hair-pulling surrounding the McLaren teams two drivers, Kimi took the opportunity to slip into the lead and take the race win for Ferrari. In what seemed a forgone conclusion this weekend has at least left us with something to look forward to in Brazil (Lord knows the track is not a big draw so maybe a title chase will be).
Predictably the British F1 web pages, including P-F1 and others, have sheepishly admitted that Lewis made a minor mistake (excusable because he is a pure racer and pure racers don’t concede positions to anyone, even Kimi) BUT McLaren made a huge blunder in keeping our boy Lewis out longer than they should have on bad tires. It wasn’t his fault he went wide at pit entry.
I will say this once, am I the only one who noticed Kimi never searching for water on the track to keep his tires in good shape? Was I the only one who noticed Kimi’s tires when they pulled them off the Ferrari as being completely bald (much worse than Lewis’) because he never tried to save his tires like Lewis and Fernando did? I guess it goes without saying that Lewis had worse tires as the Ferrari’s are easier on their tires than the McLaren huh? And Although he was lighter and had less weight degrading his tires, Lewis just had different rubber that wore poorly I guess. Bottom line folks? McLaren pressed their strategy in a dodgy race with rain coming and the gamble they took by putting Lewis on a light fuel load to get him up front to win the WDC. It didn’t work and Lewis cracked under the pressure. All the great have. No biggie. Kimi handed McLaren their backsides this weekend and Fernando is still in the hunt making Brazil Bernie’s ultimate outcome of the FIA directed championship. They have orchestrated the entire year magnificently and we have loved every minute.
No one expected Lewis to turn out so good and the entire machine has reckoned him the New Franchise of the sport. He’s British too!! If things go wrong, the British press will devour McLaren in scathing prose as letting down the new F1 phenom irrespective of his rookie brain fade. It is pointless to betray the new franchise that has become Lewis. But somehow supporting him seems like carrying coals to Newcastle. He is a legend already and hasn’t really achieved anything near legendary status. While the entire world says the departure of Michael Schumacher has had no effect because “look what we found” Lewis has filled the gap. I think the departure of Schumi has had a larger effect than many admit; look at what we’ve come to and the accolades we’ve bestowed on a young man who hasn’t won a single championship yet. Sad.