I do give credit to Max. But it is unlikely he would have beaten Ricciardo without the strategy cock-up. Had he not spun at the beginning (his own fault, BTW), he very well may have beaten him on merit.
Toto Wolff agrees with me: "This year, clearly Malaysia cost him the championship."
That's putting it mildly. Read this: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/formula-1/2016/10/04/lewis-hamilton-has-been-desperately-unlucky-and-should-be-leadin/
That's conservative because it...