I think this has to be a myth. For arguments sake let's take the disaster 2011 out of the equation. I am not sure how anyone who has twice beaten a reigning world champion in the same car as well as Rosberg (who was superior to Schumacher in his come back) can be considered as not being 'smart' enough to exploit a formula. Unless one considers Alonso, Button and Rosberg stupid.
Also the control at which Hamilton won Malaysia and then to win in a completely different manner in Bahrain is not a 'stupid' driver. This argument comes from the same people who said a driver like Hamilton would suffer in the new era of tyre/fuel management and Button/Alonso/Vettel would excel. Where are they now?
And let's not forget who has exploited 2014 more than anyone? Who left what was at the time a proven race-winning team to join one that barely had scraped any success in the years post-09 preceding the move?
No doubt I'll be called a fanboy, admittedly I've followed Hamilton since he was 8 so you can forgive me on that one, but stupid he very much isn't.
Impossible in the non-refuelling era. Lead driver always get preference in pit stop strategy. That's why Hamilton fought like a nutcase prior to the first stop. If you're first in you get fresh tyures.
No doubt Hamilton is a lot better than he's ever been - up until this year he was almost always very very bad at "race management". Whilst one swallow does not make a summer, he does look to have improved in this regard, but I wouldn't consider him above average in thinking yet.
Hats off to him for keeping a quicker Rosberg at bay, but the track layout did help the defence a lot of the time. He still had to do it, but had this battle been at several other tracks he's have been unable to do manage it. Suspect that the season result will have more to do with reliability and the development race rather than driver attributes though, as their strengths cancel out the others weaknesses over a year. Probably. Maybe.
He outqualified him, and had he not been outdragged off the line then the race result probably would have been reversed - so I don't see how he needs big time luck to win the championship when he is already ahead.
Perhaps the race was more an indicator of their different styles, Lewis stuck it all on the line and often forced Nico to be in a situation where he had to back out of it or crash. Lewis has always had a tendency to have a racing incident or 2 during a season which end up costing him. Even in 2011 which is regarded as 1 of his worst seasons, there were moments of racing brilliance(Germany and China for example) along with the bad points, so I don't think he's transformed into a different style of racer overnight. The new formula probably suites him better than the previous Pirelli years, as the tyres wear because they are too hard now rather than too soft - but that's about it.
I'd admit that I would be surprised if Rosberg beat Hamilton over a season, but it's not hard to imagine, the difference between the 2 is fairly small. Even if it does continue to be a Merc domination, hopefully the championship battle can keep the races at the front interesting like it did at Bahrain.
Maybe Rosberg needs to have a beer with Alonso. Alonso could then share how switch-backs work despite Spaniard temperament. Might be of good use in Chineze hairpin. Still, even when Rosberg would pull switch-back off I imagine Hamilton would stay in DRS and the battle would go on. The true never give up spirit Lewis.
At least a couple of tenths per lap (which on that circuit basically means 2 tenths of traction advantage), plus the DRS advantage, no fuel saving concerns at all, not really any tyre longevity concerns either although they did drop off towards the end, and nobody behind to worry about.
He'll be disappointed that he didn't do the job, once the safety car came out it was the dream scenario for him. If he couldn't get it done in that situation, you really can't see him doing it any other time.
Lewis has laid the foundation for Rosberg domination tbh, Bahrain would of been an easy win for Hamilton had the safety car not came out combine that with the domination of Malaysia and it starts to paint a picture.
only Hamilton retirement in Australia makes the points look close.
It's Hamiltons championship to lose, the only way that it wont happen is if he has his now and then lost stretch like at Abu Dahbi last year, but considering he knows the title is in the bag I doubt you will see that this year.
Rosberg is good and is clearly more focused then Hamilton and i can see him being a 1 time world champ before retiring, but Hamilton has much more talent then him and its obvious, its still unclear if Hamilton has the focus to develop a string of good performances together though.
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