25 in November of 2012. The season ends in Brazil and Lewis Hamilton bids farewell to McLaren with an abandonment. One of the championships most intense of the past few years comes to an end with a sad balance for the british star. Eight riders won that season, being Lewis the more wins it got -four – with the exception of the champion: Sebastian Vettel (a victory). And, despite this, he finished the year with a grey fourth place in the championship to 91 points, the German.
For the greater part of the press and the fans, that year Hamilton was one more in its up to then spot sports race in Formula 1, which is full of great strokes of brilliance punctuated by unforced errors. That year the McLaren-Mercedes was, quite possibly, the single-seater faster than the grill, or at least fast enough to choose a title that eventually went to Vettel with some slack after an extraordinary reaction to Red Bull after the summer break.
But the reality of that season hides many nuances, and the two best pilots were, very possibly, Fernando Alonso and, yes, Lewis Hamilton. The Spanish grazed the impossible with a single-seater erratic and full of problems, while the English knew how to keep his composure before a sea of mistakes in the pit lane, strategic errors and mechanical faults. His riding close to perfection, and, in a year in which the management of the tyres reached levels very possibly never seen before, Lewis banished his reputation for the rough exhibits to the height of the very same Alonso. That season, the new Hamilton took shape and changed completely his way to compete and face the adversities, by learning to control their impulsiveness without losing a shred of her determination and talent.
Few gave credit when it was confirmed that he was leaving McLaren to join a project that casts multiple doubts after three seasons of disappointment. But, as the great champions tend to do, she saw something in the project of Mercedes, which helped him to take the step of abandon that had been his home since childhood and venturing to the unknown. He knew how to change at the right time to to lead the project that would end with the era Red Bull, something that at the time seemed so unreal, as it is today that the mark of the star can be beaten by another team.
In 2014 the season began with certain dyes, 2012. Rosberg taking advantage of the huge domain of the Mercedes while Hamilton had to withstand faults and disadvantages. From the beginning it was a trailer of Nico, but not despaired, and, little by little, cutting the lead to finish as champion for the second time. This year has not given option. Finished the problems, Hamilton has dominated Rosberg firmly. Even cruelty. Did what we usually do great drivers: convert your team mate in a pilot vulgar.
Lewis deceives. Their pace of life is frenetic, his appearance ever more histrionic and flamboyant. His character is, at times, challenging, child, left even. But the Hamilton pilot has become a professional, methodical, precise and great. A pilot who, within the track, knows what to do, how and when.
The piloting of Lewis Hamilton is surrounded by noise, both outside the car and even through their conversations on the radio with his engineer (wisely managed by the FOM, as in the case of Alonso, publishes what is appropriate to create a character). But if one strives to isolate the noise and listen to only what’s important, then he realizes that Hamilton plays like the angels. Do thanks to the instrument drive? Clear. But, here’s the key: he already played well before that will make the best instrument of the orchestra. Congratulations Mister Hamilton, you are a worthy three-time world.