The Battle Continues in Brazil
For the second time this year the most important sporting event this weekend takes place in Brazil. But fingers crossed there’ll be no miserable English performances as Lewis Hamilton continues his quest for a second World Title.
He goes into the penultimate race of the season 24 points ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, but of course the title can’t be decided this weekend. Even if Hamilton was to win and Rosberg finish out of the points, a 49 point lead still wouldn’t be enough thanks to the diabolical double points rule.
Since that dramatic retirement in Belgium, the title race has firmly swung Hamilton’s way. Five consecutive wins compared to four seconds and a retirement for Rosberg. The German now knows that even if he were to win in Brazil and Abu Dhabi it might not be enough to win the title.
Speaking at Thursday’s FIA Press conference, Rosberg said: “Yeah, it’s clear that I need to rely on something happening,” he said in Thursday’s FIA press conference. He added: “Anyways, in sport so much can happen, so I’m still very optimistic.”
Rosberg last won a Grand Prix in Germany way back in July. There’s been a 35 point swing in Hamilton’s favour since then so why has the British driver been able to sway the title race in his favour over the past four months? Rosberg says: “Lewis has done a little bit of a better job. That’s it, pretty simple – but as I say, still two races [left]. It was an intense battle before and it still is an intense battle now.”
Hamilton has certainly been driving like a World Champion in the past five races. It’s as if he can do nothing wrong and barring mechanical disaster I can’t see Rosberg getting the momentum back. Without the double points ruling, Hamilton could have been going into this weekend hoping history would repeat itself. He clinched his only World title here in 2008 but Brazil hasn’t always produced great results for him. Even in 2008 he only finished fifth and has just one podium place here in the past. But this time he comes to Brazil in peak form and in the all-conquering Mercedes.
Even though he has looked invincible in the past five races, Hamilton knows full well he can’t for a second rule out Rosberg. He told the BBC: “Every weekend Nico resets, comes in and qualifies on pole. He’s massively strong mentally.
It promises to be another great weekend in the Hamilton v Rosberg battle. Sure it’s not great that only two teams have won races this season but there’s nothing better than a close title race. Bernie may well have manufactured a final race shoot-out but that’s an argument for another blog isn’t it?