With two races to go, time is running out for Lewis Hamilton to defend his title, but the fact that he now faces an eight-point deficit is beneficial for him, according to former Formula 1 driver Damon Hill.
Hamilton has breathed new life into the title race thanks to the victories in Brazil and Qatar. Where his deficit was 21 points prior to the race at Interlagos, it is now only eight. The fact is, however, that he is still behind and that Max Verstappen can already become champion in Saudi Arabia. But, thinks former Formula 1 driver Damon Hill, the situation is favorable for Hamilton.
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“Lewis likes to be the fighter,” Hill states in the podcast F1 Nation. “So he is happy with the situation: he has to hunt. But he now has very few chances to make up for it and we now have a statistical situation where he could lose the championship to Max.”
That could already happen in Saudi Arabia, but then Verstappen will have to hope for a bad race for Hamilton. It therefore seems more realistic that the title fight will only be decided in Abu Dhabi. “It is the first time in a long time that it comes down to the last two races. It’s the first time you can say that if something happens to one of the two protagonists, the other becomes champion.”
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“Well, actually not”, Hill corrects himself immediately. “Only Max can become champion in Saudi Arabia, Lewis is behind and cannot become champion there yet. But when was the last time he finished sixth?” Hill wonders. The answer: Hungary 2015. “You also have that new engine, don’t forget that. toto (Wolff, team principal, ed.) said they would bring the snappy bike again.”