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Has Hamilton Secured the 2018 F1 Drivers Title?

22w ago

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The Singapore GP was a Masterclass from the Briton. Dismissing Mercedes win last year: it was wet and first lap collision between the two Ferrari's and Verstappen allowed Hamilton to take victory from 5th on the grid, Singapore has been very much a bogey track for the Silver Arrows. In Q1 and Q2 this still looked to be the case with Mercedes just off the pace of the Ferrari's and Red Bull's, but, Hamilton's dominance in Q3, and the race, when it matters, was unbelievable.

Not only did he set a blistering pole lap time, +0.319 to Max Verstappen in 2nd and +0.613 to Sebastian Vettel in 3rd, leaving the whole paddock gobsmacked, including Hamilton himself, most importantly though, looked in control for practically the whole race, (excluding the issues with the backmarkers which brought Verstappen into play for effectively one corner) managing the race like a four-time World Champion.

With the top 6 all finishing as they qualified, Hamilton extended his advantage over Vettel to 40 points with 6 races to go -mathematically still a 150 point swing possibility - in what many believe as the inferior package to his title rival. Undoubtedly this has made Vettel's mission extremely difficult if he wishes to win the title needing to finish first in every single remaining race if Hamilton finishes second in each one respectively to win at the Yas Marina Circuit. More concerning for Vettel in his quest must be the continuous lapses of concentrations on the Ferrari pit-wall regarding strategy which has cost him points at various points this season, highlighted by the recent back to back errors at Monza and Singapore, and other driver related issues which has cost him the championship lead which he held for so long.

Many Pundits have emphasized the importance of this victory for Hamilton with Paul Di Resta claiming that Hamilton's pole lap was "a title defining lap" with Hamilton himself describing it as a "monumental" win

However, with tracks such as Sukuka and Interlagos coming up, the two most unpredictable weekends on the calender, if Ferrari and Vettel do fix their act together there is no reason why this so far tug of war battle for the drivers championship won't be decided at Abu Dhabi, under the lights, November 25th. After all, this is F1, anything and everything can, and does, happen.

Sources: Sky Sports F1

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