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Why Lewis Hamilton must win the F1 championship in 2014

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Many people have backed Lewis Hamilton to take this years Formula One championship this year as, for the first time since 2008, looks like he finally has the machinery at his disposal to add to the championship that he won in the most dramatic fashion.

There is no doubt that Hamilton is one of the fastest and the most exciting drivers to watch on the grid. There are drivers on his level, for example Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari pairing of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, but if what we have seen so far from Hamilton in 2014 continues all the way to the double points finale in Abu Dhabi he will more than likely be crowned a two-time champion. 

Part of Hamilton's reason to up and leave McLaren at the end of 2012 was not just for a change of scenery but to be able to mount a title challenge in a works team - a team that produce their own engine.

With so much emphasis this season being on the power units it pays to be driving for a team that know how to get the optimum performance from their power unit and build the car around it accordingly. As you can see thus far the move has proven to be a master stroke.

Hamilton's former team ended 2012 with the fastest car but went into 2013 and came out the end of the year without a single podium whilst Hamilton went on to claim five pole positions, five podiums and a victory in Hungary. You could say that for a team that finished 2012 with just 142 points that isn't a bad response.

But with 2014 well underway, Hamilton has been on pole position in both races and would most likely have taken all 25 points in Australia if it wasn't for an issue with his power unit. However, Sunday's win in Malaysia more than made up for it as Mercedes dominated the field and finished with an historic one-two finish.

With the tyres not looking like the achilles heel for Mercedes this season and without doubt having the fastest car you would be foolish to rule out Hamilton. 

Whilst many believed that it would be a Mercedes taking the spoils this season those same people also felt as if Hamilton would struggle in an era in which saving fuel during a race is key yet Hamilton done this and still trounced the field on Sunday.

Lewis knows just how good Red Bull are at developing a car throughout the season and feels that it is key that they do the damage early on whilst they know they are ahead.

He told Sky Sports after the race: "I was able to look after the car, the tyres and the fuel and still keep a bit of pace in hand which made my job that little bit easier. It's great to see Mercedes leading the championship but we know that we have to make these early races pay."  

Although his teammate is leading the way at the moment, all it takes is one slip up from Rosberg for Lewis to take the championship lead away from his German teammate in Bahrain.

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