I agree, this is exactly what Hamilton needs. Can't blame Mercedes given the position they were in, but I felt a bit robbed that they didn't leave Hamilton out. Assuming they had asked Hamilton to let Bottas by (or assuming Bottas would have gotten by), he would have most likely lost 8 points to Valtteri instead of the 9 he did (I thinkValtteri would have gotten the fastest lap otherwise), yet this way, Hamilton dropped to 3rd but got the fastest lap point.
Anyway, the championship gap is now 64 points. He would have to get around 11 points more than Valtteri at COTA to pretty much seal is (not quite mathematically though, due to the fastest lap points). If he wants to seal it mathematically, he will need 14 points more than Valtteri, which I think is pretty unlikely, given I expect Ferrari to win Cota (a bit like last year).
We will see.
Not for nothing, Rosberg's Championship is the only thing that lends credibility to Hamilton's recent success. Otherwise, he'd just be the guy who's had the best car. — bhall II