So what's going on with Lewis Hamilton at the moment?
After his untypically error-strewn Bahrain Grand Prix he hung around long enough only to berate himself to the press. Then it was into a waiting car and off - as far away from that damn track as possible, away from the questions. Because he had no answers. Not even for his engineers. Heikki Kovalainen was the sole McLaren driver at the team's post-race debrief. It wasn't so much a prima-donna flounce as the emotion-skewed perspective of someone who felt he'd let everyone down and had no explanations to give.
For whatever reason, Hamilton's head is in a strange place right now. He's a shadow of the supremely relaxed guy who turned up in Melbourne and dominated. You're only as good as your car and at Sepang and Sakhir the McLaren was not the force it had been at Albert Park. But his apparent reaction to that has been baffling.
His responses to certain questions have been obtuse, hinting at upheaval in his world. His error in not arming the launch programme on the Bahrain grid was just one of many little mistakes he made through the weekend, like his mind was elsewhere.
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