Rain ‘will put the dampeners’ on Hamilton’s rival’s title hopes

Lewis Hamilton’s wet-weather driving skills may give him the edge in this season’s drivers’ championship according to McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh.

The Formula One travelling circus will arrive next in Singapore before journeying on to the final three races in Japan, China and Brazil – all of which have been hit by rain in recent years.

But Whitmarsh isn’t worried about the prospect of rain. He said: "It will boil down to which team and driver make the fewest mistakes. Ally that to Lewis’s fearsome abilities in the rain and we’re confident.

"We’ve been very encouraged by the performance of the car in the wet this year."

True, Hamilton has broken the champagne open in the drizzle many times in the past year – winning in Japan, Monaco and Silverstone.

But maybe he will wish to forget the Italian Grand Prix where a suspect choice of tyres in rainy conditions meant he could only manage a seventh-placed finish.

Rivals such as Ferrari’s Felipe Massa will be looking to rain on the Brit’s parade when the next Grand Prix event takes place in the night air of Singapore.

Written by James Christie

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