It has been six years since Lewis Hamilton won his maiden World Championship title. A fact that is surprising considering the undisputed natural talent that Hamilton has, but perhaps his natural talent is what has hindered him in his bid to claim another Formula One World Championship title.
For too long Hamilton has relied on the fact that he can drive his way out of any ill-advised or ill-thought decision making.
Just a little more luck
Unfortunately for Hamilton his recent mistakes have been further compounded by bad luck, to the extent that he could be forgiven for thinking that there is a racing God who is against him.
Hamilton has seen things conspire against him during the one-hour session in the past five races, with the most recent one being at last weekend’s German Grand Prix. Hamilton crushed at Hockenheim, he misjudged conditions at Silverstone, took a spin that lost him first place in Austria, made a dreadful mistake when it counted in Canada and had an infamously aborted run in Monaco because of yellow flags that were prompted by Championship title rival and team mate Nico Rosberg.
As Hamilton heads into Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring where he has started on pole in four of the last seven visits he will need a little luck if he is to close the 14 point gap between himself and Rosberg.
Title charge needs a boost
In a recent interview with BBC Sport, Hamilton admitted that he could do with a little divine intervention if he is sustain his challenge for the title: “I know there is stuff coming down the line at me; I know I have to make up a 14-point deficit on Nico and build a lead of my own.
"But I also know I have the guns to face it. I have the pace, the car and the team to do it. I don't need luck; I just need no more bad luck, that's all”, especially because he finished Friday’s practice comfortably quicker than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
The pair were split by 0.238 seconds ahead of a crucial race in their battle for the World Championship in which Hamilton is trailing Rosberg by 14 points and Hamilton will be keen to reduce this gap ahead of F1's four-week summer break.
It would be very fitting if Hamilton were to win Hungarian Grand Prix in order to regain the lead for the driver’s Championship title because the Hungarian Grand Prix was the first race he won for Mercedes and he has won a record equaling four Hungarian Grand Prix titles and so it may be that four is Hamilton’s lucky number.