This arcticle is largely inspired by theabsolutepits, who yesterday was confused as to why there were not many articles praising Lewis Hamiltons fantastic performance. Well this article aims to recognise a stunning victory.
The British driver started the race on super soft tyres after a sensational qualifying performance that saw Mclaren end the domination of Red Bull in qualifying. However, he started on a strategy that many on this forum thought gave the Red Bulls a clear advantage.
He started well, and kept the quicker Vettel behind him until his first pitt on lap 7. A poor stop from the Mclaren team saw Fernando come out ahead after a measured and calculated battle down the pitt- lane. Hamilton expertly regained this lost position after a mistake by the Spaniard into the hairpin while attacking the race leader Buemi.
During this time he also managed to complete some sensationally fast laps to keep the gap between himself and the Red Bulls below the all important 18 second mark. He pitted for the last time on lap 26, meaning he had to complete 44 laps on medium tyres while keeping the two- time world champion behind him. The Brit also gained on the ever- impressive Mark Webber who had pitted just the once.
On lap 49 he finally took the lead from Mark Webber after another perfect example of how to over-take. All the while, Fernando Alonso hounded and hassled him. The young driver confirmed afterwards that this was the most challenging part of the race, as he simultaneously looked after his tyres and held onto the lead.
Jenson Button again drove really well, and started to pressure the leader after a wonderful opportunist move on Alonso in the closing stages. Hamilton responded with a fastest lap to show his fierce competitor that this weekend, he was simply too good.
Lewis Hamilton showed at different stages that he could defend, attack, and look after his car and tyres in a near- perfect performance that was free of mistakes. He took the chequered flag in a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes and 53 seconds, and later stated that it was a 'sensational feeling' that reminded him of his first win back in 2007.
Lewis has finally proved that he is able to adapt to this years rule changes just as well as anyone. Jonathan Legard, in a rare moment of insight, claimed that the Mclaren engineers had commented on the way he had adapted his driving style away from the flamboyance we saw back in 2007 and 2008.
This all bodes well for the British GP, with rumours circulating that a virtually 'new car' will be brought to suit the high speed corners of our favourite weekend. If you do not yet have your ticket, GET ONE, you may be in for a treat from either of our World Championship winning drivers.