Lewis Hamilton Victory!
Lewis Hamilton saw his luck change as he won the Monaco Grand Prix.
There have been so few truly exciting Monaco Grands Prix since the first of the clamorous parties here in 1929 that you would have won some money if you had bet on this race being quite as stirring as it was.
You would have received even longer odds on the sight of Lewis Hamilton embracing Nico Rosberg afterwards and thanking him for his help in winning the race, and if you had a win double on this you might have a deposit on a bit of real estate in the bay of plenty that is the setting for this notoriously expensive tax haven.
This, though, was more than a great car race in isolation. Hamilton’s victory defibrillated the Formula One season, restoring a familiar rhythm just when it seemed in some distress.
His Mercedes team-mate Rosberg enjoyed a 43-point lead going into the race and another victory here – and he had the grid advantage – would have probably driven Hamilton to the precipice of total despair. More than that, more Rosberg success threatened to turn the season into a very one-sided affair.
This was Hamilton’s first victory for seven months, since he won his third world championship with triumph in Austin last October, and it brought to an end a run of eight winless outings. If the Englishman had forgotten what it felt like he reassured us that he was going to remind himself of the exotic feeling in the evening ahead.
Hamilton’s 44th victory – his favourite number lent an extra frisson to his exuberant mood – placed alongside Rosberg’s seventh place meant that the German’s lead in the world championship had been slashed from 43 points to 24; the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, would have nodded his approval over the severity of the cut.
And now Hamilton makes his way to Canada, one of his favourite circuits, where he has won four times.
With rain, crashes aplenty and the regular introduction of virtual safety cars, climaxed by a further outbreak of rain in the final laps, this was a race to remember with great pleasure, although not for the many who came a cropper on its tight corners and narrow passages.
There were a lot of grumpy looking drivers here on Sunday evening. But Hamilton was not one of them!
(courtesy of The Guardian)