How Hamilton’s Brazil crash has now played into his favour

Lewis Hamilton's plan to dominate the final two rounds of the F1 season unravelled in Brazil a fortnight ago, but the result of his qualifying crash there might make him untouchable just as an almighty scrap for victory appears on the cards…

It's funny how things work out in Formula 1 sometimes. After clinching his fourth world championship two races ago in Mexico, Lewis Hamilton promised to stay flat-out to the finish and win the final two grands prix of the year, to avoid the complacency that accompanied his 2015 title success and helped Nico Rosberg steal the crown away the following season.

That mission fell apart in spectacular style when Hamilton stuffed his Mercedes into the wall on his first flying lap of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but that uncharacteristic mistake may become the foundation upon which Hamilton utterly crushes his opposition at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

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About this article
Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Mercedes , Ferrari
Article type Analysis