The weekend was filled with mixed emotions, as Lewis only could manage sixth place at the start of the race. This was due to the driver making an error in ending his final qualifying lap, and this would have played on Hamilton’s mind as the last two races he admittedly felt disappointed not being able to start in pole position. His Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg started the race in pole position and was confident that he would be able to add to his lead in the Drivers Championship standings.
In spite of the sixth position, Hamilton was quickly moved into fourth position after the first four corners of the track and probably would have improved his position even further, were it not for the horrific accident between the Williams Felipe Massa and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi ran into the barriers and the race had to be stopped for an hour as repairs began on getting the barriers back up.
At the re-start, Rosberg had amassed a five second lead, but Hamilton confessed to be quite confident that he would have been able to catch up to the leader and make a fight of it. It was unfortunate for Nico that lost his gearbox shortly after his pit stop on the eighteenth lap. There was no doubt that if Nico had managed to stay on the track, it would have been extremely interesting to see whether Lewis would have been able to get the best out his car, perfect his race strategy and hold his nerve to overtake his Mercedes team-mate.
As it stands now, Hamilton is very much back in the hunt for the Drivers Championship, being only four points ahead Nico Rosberg. The next race in Germany will be crucial, especially as Nico will have the home advantage. All the money is piling on Lewis to win the German GP, as Paddypower has Hamilton 8/13 odds on favourite, with Nico Rosberg second favourite 7/4.