This year has been a one of great highs for Lewis, such as the emphatic victory in the British GP at Silverstone back on the 10th of July where some great snaps of Lewis crowd surfing with his home fans were seen, But also littered with what must be some truly demoralizing moments from his engine woes and unreliability issues with the MGU-H (MGU-H is an energy recovery system connected to the turbocharger of the engine and converts heat energy from exhaust gases into electrical energy.) in China and Russia that ultimately resulted in Lewis picking up a huge 55 place grid penalty for the Belgian GP due to having to use more that six constituent parts of the engine through this season.
The FIA F1 rules and regulations only allow for five before incurring a grid penalty. Also more recently at the Malaysian GP with only 15 laps remaining yet another reliability issue caused him to retire from the race.
As all F1 fans know these title battles can go all the way to the final race of the season such as in 2008.
The 2008 championship come down to the final race. Felipe Massa won the drivers championship, then 30 seconds and 1 mighty overtaking manoeuvre later at the last corner Lewis Hamilton took the championship by a single point to become “at the time” the youngest ever world champion at 23 years and 300 days old.
There are only 5 races left including the Japanese GP at Suzuka this coming weekend and Nico Rosberg has a healthy 23 point lead over his bitter rival. Lady luck most definitely seems to be favoring Nico but like I think we all know this is going to be incredibly close and could potentially go all the way to the final race of the season in Abu-Dhabi on the 27th of November.
Lewis now has a major problem in which he has just 1 engine to last the final five races and if there are any problems he will have to incur further grid penalties that could wipe his title hopes if Rosberg performs well.
So the question remains can Lewis’s championship take any more Bad luck? The answer to this at this point is impossible to predict but something really needs to improve reliability wise if he stands a chance of beating Rosberg to his maiden championship title.
Can Lewis get his 4th championship – YES
Will Lewis get his 4th championship – only time will tell.
More importantly if Lewis can’t get the title will he be able to stay at Mercedes AMG without to much friction between him and Nico?
Only time will tell, please let me know your thoughts via twitter, @LTMsport and @RickywiseRJ