November 27, 2021

Formula 1: Hamilton’s Crash at Monza Tightens the Field for World Championship

Formula 1 Driver, Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 Driver, Lewis Hamilton

Formula One racing fans may want to give thanks to Lewis Hamilton for the exciting five-race drive to the 2010 F1 World Championship title, according to racing legend Niki Lauda.

If the 2008 World Champ not crashed his McLaren at Monza, he would in all probability enjoy a significant points edge with only Singapore, Suzuka, Brazil, Korea, and Abu Dhabi remaining on the schedule..

However he did indeed crash so now the top five challengers, including Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, and Sebastian Vettel, are separated by a margin so slim that the lead is attainable in little more than a solitary Grand Prix win.

“We should thank Lewis Hamilton for the stupid mistake he made at Monza,” three-time World Champion Lauda reported to Germany’s ‘ Bild’ newspaper.

“Now we will enjoy an outstanding sprint for the world title,” added Lauda.

Flavio Briatore, also racing at Monza on the weekend, also pointed out Hamilton’s “huge error” of ramming Felipe Massa’s Ferrari, then drifting onto the gravel with a damaged suspension.

“We must not forget about how he lost the world championship in 2007,” Biratore told Italy’s ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’.

David Coulthard said in his ‘Telegraph’ article: “Lewis’ collision with Massa was elementary.

“He will think he has let his team down, let him self down and possibly cost himself the championship. He may very well have,” added Coulthard.

To be sure, Hamilton admitted that the McLaren team will be “angry” after Sunday’s blunder but was adamant that the criticism will not affect his racing in the future.

“You kick yourself much more than anyone else can kick you,” Hamilton added. “I am much better equipped at this point to cope with it than I was several years ago.”