Lewis Hamilton has taken the blame for a spin that cost him a possible race victory at yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, and is now facing increasing pressure to win a second Formula 1 world championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of the year.
With a sixth successive victory today, Hamilton could have ensured that a fifth-place finish would have been enough to win the title in two weeks time regardless of teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg’s result at Yas Marina.
However, a spin on the lap before his second pit stop meant that Hamilton had a seven second gap to recover as the race passed half distance.
Although he did manage to reel Rosberg back in, the Briton ultimately fell 1.4 seconds short at the flag, and rued the mistake in the post-race press conference.
“I think ultimately it cost me the win,” Hamilton admitted after the race. “I mean, I was much quicker up until that point and on that lap I’d gone a second quicker whilst Nico pitted and I thought I was going to pit at the end of that lap so I used everything of the tires.
“The next lap, I had nothing left. Either way, at the end of the day, I made a mistake, I locked the rears into turn four and with the under-rotation, just spun me around. Second time it’s happened this weekend.
“So, no-one’s fault but mine. Still, a great result for the team. Nico drove really well, great, defensive, no mistakes and ultimately we got a one-two. I really was pushing right to the checkered flag, which is what motor racing’s all about. So I really enjoyed it.”
As a result of his second place finish, if Rosberg does win under the lights in Abu Dhabi, Hamilton must finish second to win the championship. Finishing third would see him lose out to his teammate by three points, assuming that Rosberg does take a sixth win of the year.
For all of the championship permutations, be sure to check out Tony DiZinno’s article here.