What has happened to Lewis Hamilton

Yet again in today’s Singapore Grand Prix,Lewis Hamilton got caught up in yet another incident!,it was again with Felipe Massa,not the first time this year!

You can see the incident here,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzk1_HuE4w0,Hamilton deservedly received a penalty in my opinion.

Then after the race Massa interrupted Lewis’ interview with the media http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEUVZXR18_4 a big rivalry potentially brewing here,amazing how both have fallen away from there form of 2008/2009(Massa flying before Hungary crash)

Pre 2011

This is easily Lewis’ worst year in Formula 1,From 2007-2010 he was incredible,making unbelievable overtakes without causing many incidents.,here is a great example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dhmCRFSoIk,this is the Lewis everyone wants to see,a fantastic racer who drives the wheels off his car while making sensational and clean overtakes.

This year

Yes he has had 2 great wins in China and Germany when he was at his best,great and clean overtakes to win the races.

However overall he has had a shocking season,2 or 3 incidents is excusable but Hamilton has  been involved in multiple incidents.

Monaco Hamilton has a shocker,trying 2 wild moves on Massa and Maldonado,these 2 would both retire,Hamilton would get penalties for both incidents and then of course that famous interview,first sign that mentally he is not in the zone and something clearly up with him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaqcJgLPl_g

Canada More terrible driving from Hamilton,spins Webber around after the safety car pulled in,then a few laps later,tried to pass Button but Button move towards the natural racing line and Hamilton touched with Button and Hamilton hit the wall and retired.

Hungary In the lead but then spins and tries to turn the car 360 degrees and almost hits Di Resta who was going through the chican,Di Resta was forced off the track,a crazy move from Lewis.

-Belgium Hamilton got a great run through Eau Rouge and looked like a comfortable overtake on Kobayashi but then moved across in front of Kamui and there was contact and Lewis would retire,another strange error from Lewis.

Singapore Today as you see above,contact with Massa and according to Adam Cooper on twitter,Massa tried to talk with Lewis in a normal way,but Lewis walked away from him,more strange behaviour from Lewis and this led to there little spat later as you can see above.

Why has Lewis struggled

Doesn’t have a father figure

As we seen in 2007 and 2008,lewis was full of confidence and driving incredibly well and should have won the 07 championship as well.,Part of the reason he has fallen away is that he no longer has Ron Dennis or Anthony Hamilton by his side.Dennis stepped down in early 2009 but Hamilton was still driving very well then but then got rid of his father as his manager before the start of the 2010 season.

Since then Hamilton’s driving has gone downhill,especially this year.

I believe he missing that calming influence of his father.After races he would keep Lewis’ feet on the ground and it was a great partnership,Hamilton is a confidence driver and his father I believe always put belief in him and gave him the boosts he needed before races,now he no longer has that and his form has dipped massively. 

If he can get his father back with him,I believe that would be a big help to get him back to near his best because mentally he is not in the right place at all as we’ve seen with his many strange errors this year.

Too Desperate to win or gain positions

Hamilton seems to be too ambitious sometimes in my opinion.As we saw in Monaco he got frustrated because he was stuck behind Massa and then Maldonado and went mad.We love Hamilton as a racer but sometimes you’ve just gotta take the points on a bad weekend because they could be the difference between winning and losing a championship as we saw in 2010,because had Hamilton not crashed at Monza and Singapore,he would have been champion.

This is where Lewis needs to learn from Jenson,In 2009 Jenson didn’t panic even though he was struggling in the second half of the season but took points in every race bar Belgium when he was taken out.This is where Button is a lot smarter and Lewis need to learn this.

Final thought

Hamilton is a world class driver and there is definitely more championships in him,he just needs to get his head into the right place,be calmer on track and be more smart because a championship lasts 19 races Lewis,not one.

So can Lewis return to former glorys?

Or will his 2011 form continue?

Let me know what you think in the comments




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