Hamilton Tightens Title Grip With Hungarian Victory

Philip Boeckman Formula One Lewis Hamilton

It may be too early in the season to make a definitive prediction, but here it goes: Lewis Hamilton will be the 2016 Formula One Champion.

There's something about his form at the moment and the fragility of Nico Rosberg's composure to suggest that Hamilton will not relinquish the lead he now has in the Drivers' Championship. On an otherwise forgettable Sunday Afternoon at the Hungaroring, Hamilton mugged Rosberg at the start line to steal P1 at the first corner, and the Brit didn't look back. This victory was his fifth in sixth races, and he's showing no signs of slowing. This weekend's race In Germany, Rosberg's home Grand-Prix, cold be season defining. Never underestimate the importance of psychology in sport; a Hamilton win in front of Rosberg's home crowd could be devastating for the German. It would boost the Briton's lead further in the standings and cement his form going into the final rounds of the season. Should Rosberg win, however, it could revitalise the man and help him discover his early-season form. Currently, the former seems far more likely a scenario.

Elsewhere, the Hungarian GP threw up another debate about radio communications and what race engineers can and cannot say to their drivers. Jenson Button suffered a brake pedal problem early on during the race, a clear safety issue. Having conferred with his engineers to cure the problem, taking in a pit-stop to as per the regulations, Race Control decided to enforce a stop-go penalty on the veteran driver. A bemusing decision to say the least. Where exactly do we stand on safety on F1? We don't start races when it's wet anymore, yet drivers get penalised for trying to fix a potentially catasrophic issue with their car. Hyperbole perhaps, but it's these incidents that push people away from the sport. 

Philip Boeckman

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