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Midseason Report: Grading Lewis Hamilton’s Performance

Lewis Hamilton’s first victory for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix came in the nick of time. Had I been asked to write his half-term report last week, Headmaster Masefield would have had to write "must do better." But the English driver pulled a stunning mark out of the bag in Hungary, and forced me to amend my previous appraisal to "close to becoming the star pupil." Victory in Hungary means Hamilton is now 48 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel. And whilst I have pinned my colours firmly to the Vettel mast, there’s little doubt that Hamilton has been trying with all his might to wring every inch out of his Mercedes to stay within touching distance. It looked a tall order from the outset. Here’s why. &...

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