Not since Hungary has Lewis Hamilton won a Grand Prix. It seems odd, considering that Mercedes was once the car to beat. Indeed, Monaco, Silverstone and Hungary seem like distance memories as the F1 circus heads into the final four races.
While Red Bull’s fourth consecutive title is all but secured and Lotus improves with each race, Hamilton has ruled out his team from winning another grand prix before season’s end. This admission comes at a crucial time in the championship when millions of dollars in prize money are on the line for the Constructors’ championship.
Lotus have been extremely impressive the last three races while Mercedes has struggled with tire wear once again. Pirelli’s rubber was the bane of Mercedes’ existence at the start of the 2013 season, when promising pole positions ended up in disappointing points- (and sometimes non-points-) finishing positions.
Mercedes’ recent run of results only serves to support Hamilton’s claim as well. Korea was indicative of the team’s recent troubles as extreme tire wear prevented him from taking home a podium finish. His teammate Nico Rosberg has suffered more bad luck than tire wear, however. His front wing malfunction in Korea and his silly mishap in the pits during the Japanese Grand Prix meant that his promising pace was never converted to substantial points hauls.
Mercedes is in a ferocious battle with Ferrari and Lotus for second in the Constructors’ championship. If Mercedes won’t win any more races as Hamilton suggests, then the road to the season finale in Brazil will not be an easy one.