Date: 12th October 2016 at 12:33pm
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One of the many reasons why Lewis Hamilton is both loved and hated is that he carries his emotions around heavily on his sleeve and his shoulders and practically anywhere visible.

If things are going well, its visible for all to see and if things are going bad its probably even more clear.

That’s why, following two bad weekends in Malaysia and Japan, the media have jumped on three-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

His title bid for 2016 has taken a massive knock, some might even call it a knock out blow.

And some believe Hamilton has not taken it well.

With 16 laps of the Malaysia Grand Prix remaining, Lewis Hamilton was looking set to take charge of the Formula One World Championship.

But just one lap later, the latest in a season of reliability issues on the Hamilton side of the Mercedes garage struck.

His brand new Mercedes engine, one of many he took as a penalty following a host of failures earlier in the season gave up the ghost, exploding on the start/finish straight.

That placed a theoretical Rosberg hand on the Formula One trophy and then a poor start in Japan, with Rosberg returning to the top step of the podium has almost put a second hand on it just one week later.

The German now has a 33-point lead over his Mercedes team-mate with just four races remaining.

A race victory for Hamilton and a DNF for Rosberg would still see a 8 point advantage for the German.

Four consecutive victories for Hamilton with Rosberg finishing in second, would see the German win the title by 5 points.

Hamilton has come out fighting, mainly with the media, hence why he is now the subject of such negative headlines.

But one man has moved to defend him and that’s Mercedes team-mate and 2016 Formula One World Champion elect Nico Rosberg.

Whilst discussing the notion that Hamilton was ‘fragile’ and in ‘meltdown’, Rosberg told Sky Sports: ‘It’s complete rubbish, He’s on it like ever before, fully motivated and does massive work hours also. I’ve seldom seen that from him in the last few years, such a large amount.

He continued: ‘For sure it’s going to be a great battle with him, every race until the end of the championship.’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff added: ‘It’s clear that the media needs to produce headlines, It’s going both directions, you’re being built up and being dropped. Lewis had a couple of bad weekends but if he recovers in Austin he will be the hero again.

‘He’s one of Britain’s greatest heroes. He’s won world titles in Formula 1 and this is not easy.’

 

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