Connect with us

Lewis Hamilton ended the F1 season on the podium on Sunday but recognised that winning his fourth world championship with two races to spare had affected his performances.

As in 2015, when he secured the title in Texas and then-team mate Nico Rosberg claimed the final three races of the season, Hamilton has not won since the U.S. Grand Prix.

He was ninth in Mexico, where he clinched the title, then fourth in Brazil two weeks ago and second in Abu Dhabi on Sunday behind Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas.

Last year, with the battle going down to the wire, he won the last four races but still lost out to Rosberg — who retired soon after.

“I still drove relatively well but, yeah, I wouldn’t say it was 100 percent like it was whilst in the season,” the Briton told reporters after ending the campaign with nine wins from 20 races.

”All I can say is that in the week after I won the championship I partied a lot. That’s what you do. I didn’t do that before the other races.

“The energy has not been the same, even if I have approached the races the same. But I‘m not worried about that. Next year it will go back to what it was in the second half of the season,” he added.

Hamilton won two of his titles — in 2008 and 2014 — in the final race of the season.

Leaving them aside, he has yet to win a race (in the same season) after winning the championship — a problem that did not affect to the same extent other multiple champions such as Michael Schumacher.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said he was not at all concerned.

“These guys are pushing the cars to the limit. He didn’t put a foot wrong all season. I’d rather it happened after the championship than before,” said the Austrian.

Wolff said both Mercedes drivers had raced for the win on Sunday, rejecting scepticism about whether the pair were truly fighting for position once Bottas led away from pole position.

”They were almost full blast,“ he said. ”We gave them the power in order to fight it out on track.

“It’s very difficult with these cars to overtake in Abu Dhabi.” (Reuters)

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2019 F12 hours ago

Overtaking still very hard in 2019 – Verstappen

Max Verstappen has joined those who don’t think the 2019 rule changes have made overtaking easier. Lewis Hamilton said in...

2019 F12 hours ago

‘Finally I have a race car’ – Stroll

Lance Stroll is delighted to once again have “a race car”. The 2016 European F3 champion made his F1 debut...

2019 F12 hours ago

Haas drivers slam new point for fastest lap rule

Haas’ two F1 drivers have slammed the new ‘point for fastest lap’ rule in F1. But Ross Brawn, Liberty Media’s...

2019 F12 hours ago

Hamilton bored behind Bottas in Melbourne – Vettel

Lewis Hamilton says it’s “great” to discover after the Australian grand prix that his car was damaged. Despite starting from...

2019 F14 hours ago

Bottas can be world champion in 2019 – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg thinks Valtteri Bottas can keep charging towards the world championship in 2019. Written off after his bad 2018...

2019 F14 hours ago

Honda to be a force in 2019 – Hakkinen

Red Bull-Honda looks set to be a “force” in formula one. That is the view of former two-time world champion...

2019 F11 day ago

Mercedes not opposed to budget cap – Wolff

Mercedes is not opposed to the introduction of a budget cap in formula one. Earlier, based on an interview in...

2019 F11 day ago

There is more to come – Helmut Marko

Honda is promising more power, and Red Bull is determined to improve its chassis after the new works pairing impressed...

2019 F11 day ago

Overtaking no easier in 2019 – Grosjean

Overtaking has not become easier with the new-for-2019 front wing designs. In a bid to help drivers to follow and...

2019 F11 day ago

Former Bottas sponsor not responding to Bottas comments

Valtteri Bottas’ former long-time sponsor is not commenting on whether he thinks the Mercedes’ driver’s comments were specifically addressed to...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media