Never in the hunt? He was leading it twice, and at the time of his Singapore retirement was ahead of Vettel in the standings.
Pure conjecture. Your irrational thought process is so transparent it's cringeworthy...
He may have had a glimmer of hope after the Italian GP, even at 37 points back, but it was extremely short lived. All the way down the stretch to the end of the season he was never racing under the immense pressure that the championship leaders were experiencing, nothing irrational about that at all.
And seeing Lewis falter in past seasons in pressure situations - 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011(self imposed) - it just doesn't allow for a 'lost point' tally when he wasn't exposed to the same mental stress as the championship leaders. It is an interesting diversion to think of what might have been ... only if ... but it isn't a real comparison.
Lewis just hasn't been the money guy so far in his career. Maybe going to Mercedes will be a turning point for him, we shall see.
No mate. Even at 22 in 2007 he was brilliant in Fuji, in China until the bald tyre mistake, and outqualified Alonso in Brazil. Lost his rag perhaps after being blatantly brake-tested by Kimi but was on course until the gearbox faulted. He won 2008 in Brazil with the low-downforce wing in the wet under massive pressure, and blew everyone away in China.
In 2010 he had to be unnaturally perfect to win in that car and he wasn't but he still made fewer mistakes than Alonso and Vettel did this year. Would he have turned across Senna in Brazil? No. Suddenly become slower than his teammate? No.
So if he arrives at the endgame in contention in 2013, by some miracle, it's the others who'll have to up their game to close it out.
Have a look at this video undersquare, http://www.veoh.com/...n GP Intelagos
, at around the 4:00 minute mark you can see Hamilton giving that gearbox a good slamming on the curb when he went off the track behind Heidfeld. This is less than two laps before the gearbox froze up, a driving error that most likely is the cause of that failure. Pressure got to him.
Edited by halifaxf1fan, 13 January 2013 - 16:44.