Lewis Hamilton accused of ‘overshooting the mark’ in Max Verstappen title fight

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Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been accused of ‘overshooting the mark’ by former driver Gerhard Berger, as the 2021 title race nears its conclusion between the Englishman and Max Verstappen.

Following yet another victory for Verstappen in Mexico last time out, the Dutchman moved 19 points clear of Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ standings with just four races to go.

The Englishman has been the dominant force in the sport in recent years, having won six of the last seven world titles, as well as the last four on the bounce.

However this year he finds himself in unfamiliar territory by being the man doing the chasing, and Berger believes his emotions in the title fight will be what costs him in the run-in.

Berger said: “Lewis often overshoots the mark. It has nothing to do with titles or experience.

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“It is just down to nature whether you perform particularly well under pressure. We saw it already in the Rosberg days, when Lewis was most likely to be attacked.”

Hamilton’s over pouring emotions were seen as recently as last month, after the seven-time world champion had a huge disagreement with his team in-race at the Turkish Grand Prix about a tyre change.

During the race in Istanbul his Mercedes team called Hamilton in for the switch to which he replied: “I don’t think it is man. I feel like we should stay out. I mean I’m sliding around but it’s OK so far.”

The 2020 champion did however make his stop shortly after, but was then only able to secure fifth in the race, missing out on an all-important podium place.

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When he realised his fate back out on the track Hamilton hammered his team over the radio saying: ““**** man why did you give up that place?”

Following the radio outburst the 36-year-old was quick to defend his actions insisting he ‘wasn’t furious with his team’, it was instead his passion for racing pouring out.

He said: “It isn’t true to say I’m furious with my team. Don’t ever expect me to be all polite and calm on the radio when I’m racing. 

“We are all very passionate and in the heat of the moment that passion can come out, and it does for all drivers.

“My heart and spirit are out there on the track. It’s the fire in me that’s got me this far, but my angst is quickly forgotten.”

These overriding emotions could well be on show once again in Brazil this week, as reports suggest Hamilton is going to have a mountain to climb from the off by receiving a five-place grid penalty.

It is expected that the Englishman is going to have his fifth engine change of the campaign, therefore inflicting yet another penalty onto his placing when setting off for Sunday’s race.

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