Lewis Hamilton has today branded championship rival Sebastian Vettel the luckiest man in F1 after the Red Bull man finished third in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who was leading the race until mechanical failure stopped him in his tracks again, is now all but out of the championship fight.
Vettel on the other hand, started in the pits and benefitted from two safety care periods to eventually finish in third.
Hamilton’s claims are backed up by his team mate Jenson Button, who Vettel overtook at the end, as well as Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh.
Vettel now has a ten point lead in the championship from Fernando Alonso who finished second in the race, with Lotus driver Kimi Raikonnen still in the hunt after his first victory since 2009.
With two races to go, these crucial 15 points in Abu Dhabi for Vettel could well be the difference come the end of the season.
However for Hamilton, he is once again thinking what might have been, as the Brit was again prevented from winning. Had he had the car this year to support his driving, he could well be leading the championship.
Hamilton will be hoping his switch the Mercedes will bring him more luck in the future.