You don’t hear the term “must-win” in racing much, as that lingo is thrown around a lot weekly in stick and ball sports. But, for Lewis Hamilton, this weekend’s race at the Circuit of the Americas is a “must-win” situation for the Mercedes driver. The reason is Hamilton trails his teammate Nico Rosberg by 33 points, as the fate of winning this year’s championship is no longer in his hands.
Hamilton, can literally win the remaining four races of the 2016 Formula 1 schedule, beginning with this weekend’s United States Grand Prix and still not win the championship if Rosberg finishes second to him each race. That leaves no margin for error for the two-time defending world champion.
That in turn means he has to win this weekend or this title race is virtually over.
Hamilton, is in a midst of a minor slump as he hasn’t won in the last five races. His last five finishes are third, second, third, retired and third again. Prior to that though, Hamilton won four straight races and six in seven tries putting him in a 20+ point lead of his own. But, his last five races, countered with Rosberg’s strong last five races, gives Rosberg with a title that’s his to lose.
Rosberg, has won four of the last fives races during that same time frame as his lone finish that didn’t result in a win was a third at Malaysia. That comes after finishing outside of the podium in five of the previous eight races which that came after four straight wins to start the season.
So, that all added up gives us to where we’re at, a 33 point deficit for Hamilton and a “must-win” race.
He needs to end this slump and prove to Rosberg that he’s here to stay. He won three of the four trips to Texas while Rosberg has finishes of 13th and ninth in his first two starts. But, Rosberg has came home second the last two years there, so Hamilton has to win.