Scorpaguy wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 21, 2021 9:55 pm
"Ham back in the zone"...I do not think so, He never left! Ham and Max in the Merc and RB are the class of the field. Both of these guys consistently race/finish way ahead of their team mates. The ebbs and flows atop the charts I attribute to circuit specifics that favor one car over another or development tweak gains. The massive Merc motor manipulated by Ham seems unstoppable now...I sort of think that Toto was keeping this in his back pocket for just this eventuality.
I don’t think Hamilton was in the zone the whole year. I don’t think he’s been his best. I just wonder which it is: age, fatigue, rusty, or recovering from post viral fatigue - I know about this one personally as I experience it last year and am still recovering from some neurological side effects. Virus’s can inflame and damage nerves. I do think he was being honest about that as well.
He seems to have been saying this weekend that he feels his best physically, after Brazil, and in general the tail end of the season, he has looked sharper, especially with starts and other consistency.
There’s also the car question, how uncomfortable was the w12, no doubt it has pace if you can unlock it, and it seemed to be pretty difficult to navigate set up per circuit. But I’ll reserve my judgement until he finishes out this season, and we see across next year. If he drives consistently like he has done since the recent races, and looks sharp, clinical etc. Then I would say it’s not necessarily age, but just not quite his optimum; nobody knows how unwell he was or what range of effects that novel virus had on him since December 2020.
He looked a lot more vulnerable earlier in the season.
Some people will think I’m referencing race wins but I’m not, I’m thinking he had good races on Mexico and USA etc.