PitPass, without naming
the source of their information, states that Lewis mistakenly hit the "Start
" button. He would've had to reload the system thereafter. (Sounds like a Windows problem, doesn't it?
) Exclusive: Did Hamilton press the wrong button? - link, PitPass
Way before the season started I posted something here and in the BBC msgboard (a rare occurrence these days), roughly along these lines: I hope that Hamilton's effort isn't hampered or devalued by the limits in the imaginations of others
. Having seen some of the things he'd done thus far I had no doubt in my mind that many people would be challenged to accept what he could achieve. I feel that to a great extent that did happen. Even positive shocks are shocks and the human psychology is such that the road to accepting shocking things does require some time and effort to wade through. The team, despite their familiarity, was unprepared. Mercedes, in the beginning of the season, seemed unprepared. Fernando certainly was unprepared. All this was painfully obvious.
But it isn't the fault of Lewis that he is talented, quite consistent, has a lot of perseverance and in many respects is mature beyond his years. It took quite a number of unfortunate occurrances to finally take him out of the championships this year - and a rookie WDC would've been a great story. That being said, Kimi's surprising rise isn't devalued by any unrealised prospect, not in the least. There are no ifs, no buts. Hamilton has a solid base to buid on. I trust that he will review this season at his leisure and draw the right conclusions on how to proceed. Love him or hate him, he will be there to challenge himself and others to display the best racecraft possible in Formula One. And the sport will be better because of him.