Lewis Hamilton claims win at Ferrari’s Monza backyard was their ‘biggest psychological blow’ as Brit marks out his top three title defining moments
- Lewis Hamilton clinched his fifth world championship at the Mexican Grand Prix
- Hamilton emerged triumphant in season long battle with Sebastian Vettel
- Mercedes star has highlighted Ferrari’s key failings over the year
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Lewis Hamilton has revealed his three biggest moments of the season that were crucial towards landing his fifth world championship at the Mexican Grand Prix.
The Brit had a rare off key race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit by finishing off the podium in fourth but it still proved enough to retain his title with two races to spare.
For much of the season Hamilton was embroiled in a battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, only for the Mercedes star to storm away from his rival in the late summer as he took full advantage of critical errors from the Maranello outfit.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the Union Flag after winning the F1 title in Mexico on Sunday
In an interview with the BBC, Hamilton claimed the Italian Grand Prix was ‘probably the biggest psychological blow’ to Ferrari.
The Scuderia had lined up first and second on the grid with Kimi Raikkonen on pole, but after Vettel spun out on the first lap trying to defend from Hamilton it allowed the Brit to go on and take victory by passing the Finn.
As well as Ferrari’s Monza collapse in front of their home fans, Hamilton also cited Vettel crashing out of his home race in Germany as a key Ferrari failure and one that allowed him to punish fully with victory at Hockenheim.
‘They’d had a couple,’ Hamilton told the BBC. ‘Seb’s psychologically difficult time when he made a personal mistake. As a driver, when the team makes a mistake, it’s painful. But when it’s you, when it’s in your control, that’s a horrible feeling. He would have taken that to heart.
Sebastian Vettel spun off the circuit while trying to defend from Hamilton at Monza
Hamilton then went on to pass the sister Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to win the Italian Grand Prix
HAMILTON’S KEY TITLE WINNING MOMENTS
1. Italian Grand Prix – Winning in Monza despite Ferrari’s font row lockout.
2. German Grand Prix – Vettel crashing out from the lead, and then Hamilton winning having started 15th.
3. Singapore Grand Prix – Claiming pole against all expectation before then cruising to victory
‘Then we had that fight at Monza. That would have been a team blow for them. But we didn’t get complacent after that great result for us. We knew we still had to execute, going to places like Singapore where Ferrari usually destroy us. And what a weekend it was.
‘None of us predicted that we would’ve won in Hockenheim or Monza or particularly Singapore. Collectively we’ve done an amazing job in this team.’
Hamilton’s victory at Marina Bay came straight off the back of Ferrari’s Monza failings, and on a weekend where they were once again favourites for pole and victory.
Vettel had earlier in the season made a huge error after crashing in Germany while leading
Hamilton, who started from 15th, picked up the pieces to triumph at Hockenheim
But the Brit stunned the field with an astonishing pole position lap that was six tenthts of a second quicker than third placed Vettel.
Hamilton admitted that the lap was his best that he could remember and was close to perfection having described it at the time as ‘heaven-sent’
‘I’m not saying that’s controlled from above or anything,’ Hamilton added. ‘When I say it’s heaven-sent, it’s just you’re always searching for perfection.
‘You never get close to it. But that was the closest I felt. The lap just went. It was awesome. For me, that was one of the best laps I’ve ever done.’
Hamilton will now try to help his Mercedes team clinch the constructors’ championship heading into the year’s final two races.
Ferrari must outscore the Silver Arrows by 13 points at the Brazilian Grand Prix to take the fight on to Abu Dhabi in a bid to prevent their rivals from winning the drivers’ and constructors’ crowns for a fifth straight year.
After a stunning pole lap, Hamilton took another sensational victory at the Singapore GP
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