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Lewis Hamilton's poor launch costs him again

Posted By Chase Hinderstein, Monday, May 16, 2016

Lewis Hamilton is one of the best overall drivers on the F1 track these days. Sure his Merc is part of the equation, but he's gotten it done in other rides and has a well rounded game. Others point to Alonzo, who is severely handicapped this year in a sub-par McLaren, while excitement builds and builds for the teen sensation Max Verstappen. Regardless, Hamilton is among the best. However, I continue to say that his weakness is his initial launch off the line.

This has allowed others to overtake him when the lights go out in previous years, and it's more evident this season, when clutch rules were changed to make the initial launch more challenging, a rule modification I believe was intended on reeling in the dominant Hamilton.

Yesterday at the Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton's slight hesitation cost him again. After taking the pole, Lewis was initially overtaken by his teammate and rival Nico Rosberg. However, Rosberg slipped into the wrong engine mode and Hamilton was ready to charge to the front after turn 3. Hamilton dove to the right to pass as turn 4 approached and Nico, perhaps full of Hubris, pushed far right to close the door on Hamilton. While Nico did have position at that point, the race line was to the far left and this move was only to block his one true rival. 

Hamilton was forced onto the grass inside the track, lost the car and spun back into Rosberg's Merc, which had begun to slow to make turn 4 from the inside. 

This amazing spectacle led to a very enjoyable race, where the Ferraris and Red Bulls sparred for the rest of the days. Max Verstappen because the youngest driver ever to win a F1 race, while Ferrari took the rest of the podium. What's more amazing is that Verstappen had been elevated to the Red Bull seat just this previous week, while the dubious Kyvat had been demoted to the Toro Rosso team. 

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