Fisichella Criticizes Hamilton for Missing Opportunities
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When asked whether Hamilton deserves the title or not, the 35-year old Italian – who has just been confirmed for another season with Force India – argued that the Englishman should have wrapped the title a long time ago and has no excuses for not being already F1 champion considering the material he's been working with for the entire 2008 season.
“He should have won the title last year and he should have wrapped up the 2008 championship a few races ago. He didn't. I don't like talking about other drivers. I'll say this much. A driver can become champion when he makes less mistakes than others. Lewis is quick and he has a fantastic car,” said Fischella according to Times of India newspaper.
The Italian, former lieutenant for Fernando Alonso at Renault, argued that the McLaren driver cannot be compared to his declared idol Ayrton Senna simply because has been missing too many opportunities because of his kamikaze driving style. His most recent shunt, in Japan, could have cost him greatly in the title race, not to mention that a good result at Mount Fuji could have also secured him a maiden F1 title.
Nevertheless, Hamilton is still in pole position for grabbing the world title this year, as he is heading to Interlagos with a 7-point advantage over rival Felipe Massa. The Englishman only needs a 5th place or better to secure the F1 crown, while Massa has no alternative but to win it and wait for a little miracle in the back. Hamilton was in the same situation last year, when he came to Brazil holding a 7-point advantage over Kimi Raikkonen. The McLaren driver eventually lost the world title after finishing 7th overall.
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