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Lewis Hamilton vs. Jenson Button: Understanding Lewis’ Problems

Much has been written about Lewis Hamilton’s 2011 season. Everybody has an opinion and it’s very clear that many of his performances have been disappointing. A racing driver’s job is to get the maximum out of his car in a Grand Prix. Whatever the circumstances within the race, there is a theoretical optimum finishing position of each car. If the car is capable of finishing second, then the driver has to finish second, otherwise he has underperformed. However, it’s very hard to know for certain where each car should be in the finishing order. This is where a driver’s teammate can be used to provide a performance barometer. When Jenson Button won the 2009 Drivers World Championship, he didn’t have a drive f...

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