Many emails, posts and accusations are pointing to a different Lewis Hamilton of late. Perhaps one could argue that Lewis is the best thing in F1 since…well…Since Schumacher. But does that tell the whole tale?
The last three races Lewis has finished 6th, 2nd and 4th respectively behind his teammate Fernando Alonso. Many have speculated that Lewis was enjoying the set-up data of Fernando’s car and that this stopped after the Hungarian GP. If this is true, could this be why Lewis has not been beating his teammate as he was earlier this year?
Some will argue that it is a clear indication that Lewis has enjoyed the technical data of a twice-world-champ who knows a thing or two about car set-up. That he has been riding the coattails of Fernando and when that stopped, the true Lewis has come out. There is no question that Fernando has vastly greater experience with car set-up and technical data in F1 due to experience but is this really true?
Others will argue that Lewis is still finishing good and that the Set-up data has nothing to do with his slump in performance compared to a seemingly resurgent Fernando. That Fernando is just mad and driving on sheer emotion hence his 1st corner nudging of Lewis last week.
Which ever camp you reside in, there is no question that Fernando has stuck it to the lad since Hungary. The bigger question is can Lewis topple a two-time champ at his own game with his own technical feedback and direction for car set-up? One part of me says that Fernando’s biggest challenger is his teammate for the WDC. That being the case, the young man needs to learn his own craft instead of enjoying Fernando’s race craft and set-up. It took Fernando several years to learn this part of the trade and in the end; learning this part of the trade in 2007 just may make an unbearably strong Lewis for 2008.