Back in April, yours truly at Random Towers wrote a blog about Lewis Hamilton’s early season travails and suggested that in order to inject some excitement into the F1 season he should allow teammate Nico Rosberg to gain a massive head start in the Drivers’ Championship and then dramatically claw back the lead and hurtle past to win the title. Obviously Lewis has been reading my blog! And followed suit! How pliable of him. From 43 points down to 19 points up. Courtesy of 6 wins in 7 races and now 4 wins in a row after winning the German Grand Prix on Sunday. Way to go Lewis!
As for Nico Rosberg, he needs to hire a driving instructor to teach him how to steer right. After driving Hamilton off the track in Austria on the final lap rather than turning into the corner in due time and destroying his own race victory in the process, he tried to do the same to young Max Verstappen at the German Grand Prix. Now precocious Max isn’t exactly averse to using some iffy defensive tactics of his own, like moving in the braking zone, but Rosberg was never going to get away with shunting a fellow driver off the track twice in four races. Misfortune though is like buses. It all comes at once. Rosberg had already suffered from a disastrous start, dropping from pole to fourth, which is what left him grappling with Verstappen for third. Mercedes had then tried to under cut the Red Bull with an earlier pit stop for Rosberg, but to no avail. This left Rosberg trying to get past in his unique way, which cost him a 5 second penalty. A 5 second penalty taken in the pits that bizarrely turned into an 8.2 second penalty thanks to a malfunctioning stop watch. You know your luck must be out when German equipment starts conking out! The unwitting delay didn’t affect the outcome though and Rosberg finished fourth, behind the two Red Bulls, with his teammate serenely coasting to victory at the front.
Rosberg may now find himself 19 points behind going into the summer break, but it’s not all over just yet. That would be far too straightforward, and since when does Lewis Hamilton do straightforward? There will be the obligatory twist in the tale. Hamilton has to take a grid penalty in the next couple of races for using more than the permissible engine parts at the beginning of the season, which could cost him his hard earned lead. Lewis though has form for making epic comebacks from back of the grid (see Hungary and Germany 2014) so the prospect of a Hamilton charge up the order is enticing. F1 needs all the help it can get in having more wheel to wheel racing and overtaking, so it is good to know Lewis Hamilton takes his duties as entertainment ambassador seriously. Well, this is a man whose idea of celebrating a home Grand Prix win was to fling himself onto his delirious fans to enjoy a spot of crowd surfing! Dull, he ain’t. And that can only mean more excitement for F1 fans.