Lewis Hamilton has not loved considered one of his usually dominant seasons in 2021. There have been a couple of errors right here and there which might finally come again to hang-out him later within the season.
Thus far, nonetheless, he has most of the time received away with it, at the least in line with former F1 driver David Coulthard.
Reflecting on Hamilton’s season, Coulthard instructed Channel 4:
“A outstanding quantity of little incidents, he will get away with them. Whether or not it was operating into the gravel at Imola, touching the barrier and having the ability to reverse out and numerous others, hitting the pit wall in Russia most just lately the place there was minimal injury to the automobile. That’s the outstanding factor, you don’t see him drop the ball massively. A lot of little incidents, but it surely reveals he’s below strain.”
Making an attempt to make sense of the errors, Mark Webber felt that Lewis Hamilton was carrying the workforce a bit extra this yr. He felt that contributed to an rising variety of errors on the Brit’s half.
“I believe additionally, is he carrying the workforce greater than ever in the meanwhile. Valtteri we all know is on his manner out. I believe he’s identified that the writing has been on the wall there for some time, in order that facet of the storage has received a bit bit torpid. And Lewis is on this phenomenal battle with Max. He went straight forward at Baku on the restart, he pulled up on the grid in Budapest on his personal, nobody else, everybody else received inters he was on the slicks. In order that for me was very un-Lewis characteristically by way of how he has accomplished a few of these errors.”
Lewis Hamilton’s rising checklist of errors
Little doubt Lewis Hamilton has to contemplate himself fairly fortunate to even be inside hanging distance of Max Verstappen thus far into the 2021 title battle. The variety of errors that he has made and the variety of occasions he has gotten away with them is outstanding.
The journey to the gravel at Imola might simply have been a DNF. Equally, the conflict with Verstappen on the British Grand Prix might have resulted in a swift retirement for Hamilton as an alternative of Verstappen, because it had been.
There have been a number of such incidents sprinkled all through his season. They might have turned out a lot worse for Hamilton, however someway he has been in a position to maintain himself in competition.
Is it an indication of the seven-time champion caving in to the strain of dealing with somebody able to combating at his stage? Or is it an indication of age catching up? We do not know the reply to that but it surely has definitely made the 2021 F1 season among the finest lately.