Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has expressed disappointment with Lewis Hamilton’s performance in the Japanese Grand Prix.
Championship leader Hamilton had vowed to go for points rather than glory but after first lap clashes with both Ferrari cars he could only finish in twelfth place, a result which saw his lead in the title race cut to five points.
Finnish racing legend Lauda told n-tv.de: "I am disappointed with Lewis. He threw away the championship last year in the same way, with absolutely unnecessary risks."
Hamilton’s main title rival, Brazilian Felipe Massa, also had a poor race, though he did at least pick up some points after a steward’s inquiry bumped him up from eighth to seventh place.
The top two’s bad day at the office has let Pole Robert Kubica back into the title equation. The Polish BMW driver finished second in Japan and will hope that he can repeat the form he showed in winning the Canadian Grand Prix when the F1 circus moves to China.
Written by James Christie