With his win at the Circuit of the Americas last weekend, a degree of momentum has swung back to Hamilton at this, the last few races of the championship.
Last year, he arguably took his foot off the gas once he’d already bagged the title but now the pressure is very much on Rosberg. The German did enough at COTA but he’ll need to be able to soak up increasing pressure as the last races play out.
When you look at previous results over the years, it appears Lewis has less success in the European races compared to those in Asia and the America’s. He on average finishes at least on the podium compared to an average result of 4th in Europe in his 10 year career.
Conversely over Rosberg’s career, performances in Asia and the American continents are his worst. Obviously their careers have been very different with Rosberg spending a large portion of his time in uncompetitive machinery compared to Lewis, but it’s hard to argue against Lewis’s previous successes at these circuits. Rosberg’s 14th in Abu Dhabi in 2014 must still be fresh in the memory when the title went to the wire.
That said, this is also Nico’s best opportunity to take the crown as Lewis remains rather overly relaxed about everything.
“I approach this race same as I approach every one, maybe slightly more relaxed than others,” reported the Guardian today.
“I’ve accepted that there are things out of my control, all I can do is control what’s in the car and what I do. So I’m putting all my energy towards that.”
To the casual observer, Lewis would be referring to the mechanical failures he’s suffered but to the more eagle eyed fan this is likely not the case.
Since 2013, the first season they’ve been team mates at Mercedes, Lewis has suffered a total of only 4 non-score race finishes due to mechanical failure. 2 in 2014, 1 in 2015 and 1 this year.
Compare that to Nico Rosberg who’s suffered a grand total of 8. 3 in 2013, another 3 in 2014, 2 in 2015 and none this year.
Perhaps, Lewis is actually referring to God’s will – after all, he has previously suggested that “a higher power” is working against him.
The truth is, yes Hamilton has had bad luck this season but some might argue it’s about time.