Mr (UN) reliable Momentum, it’s a valuable thing in sport:
When you have the momentum you have the power and for the ﬁrst time this season Lewis Hamilton has both the momentum and the power to take the World Championship by the scruff of the neck.
Hamilton has been on the back foot in this gripping title ﬁght with team-mate Nico Rosberg from day one after his retirement in Australia. He has constantly been playing catch up until a stroke of luck in Singapore saw Rosberg retire and Hamilton win to take a three- point lead in the championship. So what can Hamilton do to stamp his authority on the title ﬁght? Well obviously if he keeps on winning the title is his, but we all know how hard that is to do. The best thing for Hamilton to do is take the ﬁght race-by-race, starting in Japan.
There’s just one problem though. Hamilton has never won in Suzuka and that WILL bother him, it will make him more determined to do so, and as we all know a determined Hamilton is a fast Hamilton. “It’s the one track I want to win at,” said Hamilton. “I have a serious target there.” In reality though it doesn’t matter how fast Hamilton is on the day or how tenacious he is. If his car doesn’t work, he can’t work.
As the season draws to an exciting climax I can’t shake the horrible thought that this title could well be decided by unreliability and double points. It would undoubtedly leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. No matter who you support us, as fans, want to see good, clean racing not engine failures and brake problems. Toto Wolff agrees: “We don’t want to have the situation that the championship was decided because one car let the driver down.” Amen Toto. Now get working on that reliability!
Of course this weekend isn’t all about the title ﬁght. The majority of the sporting world will be closely watching Max Verstappen as he becomes the youngest driver ever to take part in a Grand Prix weekend when he takes part is ﬁrst practice on Friday. Verstappen, who turned 17 this Tuesday, will be making his debut for Torro Rosso, the team in which he will be racing for in 2015. A lot of people are sceptical about the decision to ﬁeld such a young driver. Critics claim he is inexperienced. I strongly disagree. Verstappen has only been out of karting for a year. Yes, that’s a possible reason for concern. But, and it’s a big but he has won eight races (including six in a row), claimed thirteen podiums and currently sits 2nd in the European Formula 3 Championship. Those statistics are impressive for even the most seasoned racer but for someone who has just jumped into a single-seater for the ﬁrst time in an unproven team? It’s almost unbelievable. There is no doubt in my mind that Verstappen will become a great driver if he is given the right machinery. Only time will tell if he can ﬁght his way to the front in a sport ruled by money and pay drivers.
Yes I’m talking to you Pastor Maldonado!