Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the best drivers on the Formula 1 grid but he will end this season without a second title to his name…
Being fast may count for a great deal in motor racing but there’s more to it than just that. You need a bit of luck, reliability to go your way, your opponent to show weakness and you need to not show any yourself. But none of those are working out in Hamilton’s favour.
Although Hamilton says he doesn’t crack under pressure and has the mental strength to pull through, his performance as recently as qualifying for the Austrian GP says otherwise.
Going wide at Turn 8 on his first run, the Brit was left with just one lap in which to grab pole position. He spun. Hamilton was baffled by it but Mercedes were quick to point out that it was not a car issue. That leaves only one possibility; driver error.
It wasn’t the first time that a mistake had cost Hamilton and it won’t be the last. He is not mentally fragile, you don’t get into Formula 1 by being mental fragile, but there’s no way around it, Hamilton cracks.