Caution the new watchword for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton thinks that caution could be the key to him becoming world champion.

The new, conservative Hamilton settled for a safe six points at the Singapore Grand Prix, resisting his natural instincts by not trying to overtake Williams’s Nico Rosberg.

Perhaps the memories of last season’s Chinese Grand Prix are still fresh in his mind. That race saw Hamilton try to finish higher than his fierce rival, then-team mate Fernando Alonso, only to stay out too long on his tyres and end up sliding off into the pit lane.

Had he settled for third place he would have won the 2007 championship.

Fast-forward a year later and Hamilton was content to let Alonso, now at Renault, win the Singapore Grand Prix rather than unnecessarily risk losing vital points.

Hamilton thinks the presence of safety cars in Singapore also contributed to his cautious approach.

"There was less pressure to achieve a victory because of the unusual circumstances, which meant I was actually able to start thinking of the world championship," he said.

Written by James Christie

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