In The Driver's Seat: Hamilton finally has a Mercedes that can win, but his team might now be the problem

The emotional toll of what is so far the most barren season of Lewis Hamilton's career was apparent for the world to dissect. PHOTO: AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

LONDON - As the ghosts of Abu Dhabi came back to haunt him, and the strain of racing an uncompetitive car became apparent to the world outside his Mercedes team, Lewis Hamilton's steely resolve finally cracked in Holland on Sunday (Sept 4) afternoon.

For the first time this season, he believed he really had a chance of victory in the recalcitrant Mercedes W13, as the Brackley team opted for an ambitious and aggressive one-stop strategy against the dominant Max Verstappen and Red Bull on the Dutchman's home territory, only to apparently favour his teammate the way Ferrari had Charles Leclerc at Silverstone.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.