Drama is never far away where Lewis Hamilton is concerned, and this weekend was no exception. This time however, it was all the Briton’s own fault and it resulted in Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg taking another big step towards this season’s world title.
Another terrible start left Hamilton fighting from eighth place, and though he raced up to third by the end, he dropped another ten points in the championship battle as Rosberg claimed his ninth win of the year.
The gap is now 33 points and the German can afford to finish second in each of the remaining four races and still win the title.
The history books show that only Graham and Damon Hill are Formula One’s only father-son World Champions, but it’s rapidly looking like the Keke and Nico Rosberg are set to join that exclusive list.
But it was Hamilton’s off-track antics that have been the talk of the weekend.
The 31-year-old began by spending most of Thursday’s FIA press conference playing on his phone, uploading images on social media.
When those actions were then derided by some sections of the press, Hamilton responded by refusing to answer questions and walking out of his post-qualifying conference.
Following his comments last weekend alluding to a ‘higher power’ conspiring to ensure he doesn’t win this season’s championship after retiring from the lead in Malaysia, it’s all gone pretty sour for Hamilton in 2016.
His focus has been called into question, but the latest odds paint a not-so-pretty picture for the three-time champion, with Rosberg now 1/6 odds-on – his shortest price this season.
Hamilton is 7/2 to become a four-time champion this year, but that is now out of his control.
Winning the final four races simply won’t be enough unless Rosberg hits trouble.
The former Williams driver has simply done a better job this season, and he won’t in the least bit be worried by Hamilton’s bizarre antics this weekend as he homes in on his own slice of sporting history.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing