Hamilton Keeps His Cool As The Iceman Freezes Up

Dafydd WoodCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2008

With four laps left of the Belgian Grand Prix, I was waiting for the articles about how Hamilton makes mistakes under pressure, and therefore threw away what should have been a comfortable win after his first lap spin.

However, just two laps later, it was "The Iceman" Kimi Raikkonen who had failed to keep his car on the track in ever-worsening conditions as the heavens opened above Spa - Francorchamps. Despite being much more experienced than Lewis, it was he who panicked after being overtaken at the second attempt by the young McLaren driver towards the end of a largely uneventful race. Pushing his car too hard and running wide twice, before skidding into the barrier.

"Raikkonen seemed to lose his cool no question about it. Hamilton hunted him down and it was Raikkonen who cracked. I think Ferrari have to start saying this is the end of his title challenge now." BBC Radio 5 Analyst.

Admittedly Raikkonen's error was largely down to the terrible conditions, however this provides more evidence for the Hamilton-haters, that Lewis's success has not purely been down to the fact that he is in a great car. On the same set of tires, under the same conditions it was Lewis who came out on top, before edging his car home on a track that had become incredibly slippery. His joy was visible as he crossed the line in first place, leaving himself eight points clear of Massa with five races to go.

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