Despite winning his first ever Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend and narrowing his teammates lead, Lewis Hamilton has been left rueing the glaring strategic error made by Red Bull that allowed Nico Rosberg to finish in second place at Interlagos.
The result means that Hamilton trails by 12 points going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, where Rosberg now only needs to finish on the podium to secure his maiden Driver's Championship.
The German produced a decidedly average performance, lacking speed and conviction this Sunday, and was easily passed by Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the early stages of the race.
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However, the teenage sensation was pitted mistakenly by his team to change from wet weather tyres to intermediates, giving Rosberg his position back.
When asked by Sky Sports about his teammate's fortune Hamilton said: "Unbelievable, when will it end? Red Bull made such a big mistake with that call."
The defending champion used wet weather tyres throughout his masterful drive and commented on teams using the intermediates saying: "When the team called me and said 'people are starting to pit for inters' I'm like 'they're crazy, there is no way it is going to last, they are going to have to pit again'. That's what they did and it is a shame. But there is nothing I can do about that.
"It would be good if they made some good calls in the next race," he humorously said regarding Red Bull, who remain his best hope of denying his teammate a podium finish in two weeks time, other than Rosberg not completing the race.
Verstappen had his own issues with the call from his team, insisting it could even have cost him a victory on the day.
The young Dutchman said when asked if it hindered his race: "Definitely...but it gave me more fun as well. We are not fighting for the championship and I had a good time."
The F1 season comes to a conclusion in a fortnight in Abu Dhabi, and with Rosberg's outstanding qualifying and race record when it comes to starting and finishing in the top two this season, it may take a minor miracle for Hamilton to win his fourth world title.
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