As we head into the final four races of the season, I’ll be honest with you and say that while some may be suggesting the title is as good as won by Nico Rosberg, I’m not one to write off Lewis Hamilton. We’ve seen how quick things can turn in Formula 1 and even within Mercedes.
While I think Nico has been driving very well of late and seems to be a man who is focused on the prize, the engines are older, the race unpredictable and one DNF turns things completely around. I tend to agree with Red Bull’s Christian Horner who said:
“In any sport you see sportsmen get on the crest of a wave and everything falls right for them, and it’s going Nico’s way at the moment.
“Lewis has had quite a few tough weekends this year, but he’ll brush himself down and will fight back.
“He only needs that sniff of something – a DNF [did not finish] from Nico and a win from Lewis and he’s right back in the game again, so things can change very quickly.
“We saw it with Kimi [Raikkonen] when he stole the championship from under the noses of Lewis and Fernando [Alonso] in 2007.
“There are still 100 points available in this championship and it would be a foolish person to rule him out at this stage.”
He’s spot on and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff even said that Lewis likes to hunt, the enemy, the thrill of battling for the win. I think this is Lewis’s biggest motivation but that’s if he can avoid getting in his own way. Many times I’ve argued that the person most likely to beat Lewis, is Lewis. When he’s on, he’s on and it depends on if he comes to Austin with the desire to win and pressure his teammate to the very end.
If Lewis wins the remaining four races, Nico can finish second and still win. It’s that finishing second that seems completely achievable for Nico but a blown engine, brakes, gearbox change…anything can turn this around. It is far from over but should it end with Nico on top, he’ll be a very deserving champion in my book—just like Lewis has been for the last two seasons.
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