Though he drove beautifully in the qualifying rounds this weekend, Lewis Hamilton’s driving was riddled with errors, leaving Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari to take the title.
The leader of the Drivers Championship made a poor start to this weekend’s race, ran off the road on the first lap, and later damaged his car in a collision with Daniel Ricciardo, of Red Bull. Hamilton said: “I was all over the place. I really don’t have any words to describe what happened. It was a really bad performance from me.”
After the first lap, Lewis Hamilton had dropped to fourth, then proceeded to lose another six places after running wide on a chicane. He fought back to fourth before breaking his front wing in a collision with Daniel Ricciardo. This came after a safety car period. The 30-year-old dropped to twelfth after the ensuing pit stop, before fighting back to finish sixth. Adding to previous comments, he said, “I don’t know if it was a lack of concentration or what. I pushed right to the end but there were so many obstacles. It’s like there were two different directions and each time I chose the wrong one.”
The woes of Mercedes F1 continued with Nico Rosberg, who bizarrely fell further behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in this season’s standings. Rosberg was involved in a late race collision. At the time he was fighting for second place with Daniel Ricciardo when a puncture led to a pit stop, putting him in eighth. “A very disappointing day,” he said. “It is the sort of day I need to make the most of it against Lewis and it didn’t work out. I just snagged Daniel’s front wing on the exit of the corner. I trust the FIA and they have decided to take no action.”
Sebastian Vettel took the lead during the first lap after being handed the opportunity by Lewis Hamilton, and remained there for the rest of the race. He dedicated his race to Jules Bianchi, who was killed in a tragic accident in 17th July. On his slowing down lap after the race, Vettel said in French: “Merci, Jules. Cette victoire est pour vous (This victory is for you).”
Author Eoghan Aston
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