His inspiring action in recent times in favor of equality, both in sport and in society, proves how lucid and passionate he is. Almost single-handedly, he convinced the rest of the grid to join him in his battle.
Hamilton, however, has a problem – and you could argue it’s his only problem – his victim complex that sometimes looks ugly and gets engaged 10 minutes before a race starts and for about an hour after.
We’ve gotten used to his constant thinking about the team radio over the years, whether it was the condition of the tires, why the team went for a certain gum or the opposed to a particular time, strategy calls, etc. These discussions, bad as they are, seem to be an inspiration during tough racing times.
But Hamilton went too far in post-race talks in Russia. After effectively losing the race – one which if he had won would have seen him tie Michael Schumacher’s 91-winning tally – thanks to two five-second penalties, the six-time defending champion suggested: “They [the FIA] try to stop me, aren’t they? ”
It was a misjudged comment from such a respected person who sets out to be a role model for emerging runners.
Hamilton may have raised their hand on social media two days later, accusing the tension of being high and declaring that he is “only human”.
That may be true, but in the end Lewis has no one else to blame but him and Mercedes for what happened in Sochi.
In fact, the same can be said of the 10-second penalty that cost them the victory at Monza. There is an infallible parallel between the two incidents.
The position of the practice start area in Sochi and the pit closure signs at Monza were described in the event-specific briefing notes of FIA Race Director Michael Masi rather than in the rulebook. .
So what was Hamilton doing at these briefings, and what did Mercedes do on a weekend not to meet these guidelines?
The situation is even more baffling when you consider that the team and the rider communicated as the situation unfolded, believing that it was perfectly within the guidelines to ride to the end of the front pit exit. the start of testing.
Regarding the rulebook, Hamilton needed to remember that due to the penalty served so early in the race, he couldn’t just add it to his time at the end. It is not a good look when one of the more experienced pilots in the field is blissfully oblivious to these basics.
On the other hand, Daniel Ricciardo has received praise for his reaction to his own penalty. The Renault driver took an extra five seconds for missing the corner at the second corner, but instead of complaining, he simply apologized and drove faster to compensate.
“It was actually pretty good looking back. It kindled a bit of fire under my butt and I just got down to doing it, ”said the Australian.
The bottom line was that Ricciardo bluntly blamed himself and no one else.
I understand why Hamilton and Mercedes thought the penalties applied were severe but would they have thought the same if the AlphaTauri coming out of the pit lane had hit the back of his stationary car? Had he stopped at the same spot during the race, a safety car would have been deployed for safety reasons.
Ross Brawn, one of the men responsible for Hamilton’s switch from McLaren to Mercedes, advised in his weekly F1 column he would “go away, lick my wounds and think about how I could prevent such incidents in the future,” if he were in Hamilton’s shoes.
In all fairness, there is some substance as to why the Briton would have a ‘them versus me’ mindset at the moment. The new engine regulations surrounding ‘party fashions’ were, to some extent, apparently an attempt to quell Mercedes’ dominance.
But maybe it’s time for Hamilton to realize that the FIA isn’t taking sides and if anything, they are actually leaning towards his for the time being. The organization, along with F1, is desperately trying to lay the groundwork to help Hamilton promote equality and diversity in the sport and rightly so.
The sport tends to distance itself from any political movements, demonstrations or the like, but Hamilton was not penalized for his Breonna Taylor t-shirt in Mugello. Again, rightly so. Any punishment for this would have been absurd, but we also have to remember that it was against the FIA statutes.
Motorsport’s governing body was ready to bow to Hamilton on this occasion, would you suppose due to the positive message he delivered as a whole to end racism, although he has now updated his guidelines for the future.
Leaving Sochi, Hamilton remains on track for a seventh F1 title as his 44-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas is impressive. It’s not as if the penalties he received lately have reduced his cushion to next to nothing.
Petulant and disposable comments, similar to those which followed the Russian Grand Prix, unnecessarily erase a quite exceptional notebook.
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