The failure that English made Lewis Hamilton on the second start of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix de F1 gave his detractors one more reason to downplay his stupendous stats headed by seven titles, 98 victories, 100 pole positions, 55 lap records and 169 podiums in 272 Grands Prix.
The pilot of Mercedes was wrong when activating the Magic Button that allows to regulate the braking power of the car and that was decisive in his long pass in the first corner after the second game that the competition had in the street of Baku after the red flag for the abandonment of the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull). That slip cost him, at least, to finish on the podium that had the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) on the top step.
But Hamilton has not been the only great champion who has made mistakes that cost him dearly. The brazilian Ayrton Senna and the German Michael Schumacher are two clear examples of that.
Senna lost a race that she had in her pocket. Was the one remembered 1988 Monaco Grand Prix. He was 50 seconds ahead of the French Alain Prost, his partner at McLaren.
At the turn, Portier, who had run well for much of the race, went a bit too far, enough that he was unable to correct the direction and hit the outer guard rail. Ayrton got out of the car and went straight to his apartment….
While Schumacher also committed a setback that cost him a win. It happened in the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix. Schumi, already two-time champion, led by 40 seconds in the rain in Spa-Francorchamps when he made a miscalculation while he was going to get a lap of the scotch David Coulthard.
The spray did not let him see the McLaren and Schumi rammed him with his Ferrari. He returned to the pits with only three wheels, gave up and, enraged, went to the garage of the English team shouting against Coulthard. The Ferrari mechanics and even Jean Todt had to fight to get him out of there.
And yes ... Great champions are also wrong. After all they are human beings.