This is the view of former Formula 1 driver and Dutch Grand Prix promoter Jan Lammers, who felt that the world champion’s seventh place in Monte Carlo was clearly disappointing, not just the performance of the team.
Even though poleman Charles Leclerc was unable to start the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton still finished in the same position he had qualified in, which seemed to be due to two reasons – overtaking on this circuit was almost impossible and a failed strategy. decision to call the Briton early for the hard tires.
In addition to expressing his frustration with the team radio, Hamilton went on to say that Mercedes ‘performance had been “really, really poor” all weekend long – with Valtteri Bottas’ race ruined by a stoppage at the sloppy stand in which a wheel got stuck, forcing him to withdraw.
But Lammers, who has competed in 23 F1 races, most of them in 1979 for Team Shadow, believed Hamilton should have been more humble rather than calling the team the way he did.
“I think his behavior is pretty inconsistent,” Lammers told RacingNews365.com. “We give him all the credit when he wins, or when he takes pole position.
“The fans and the media are full of praise and give him all the applause but when things don’t go well on a weekend he blames his team. It is not fancy.
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Lammers, 62, a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and his two-time Daytona counterpart, believes Hamilton should analyze his performance on Saturday.
“It turned out badly for Hamilton in qualifying,” he added. “He can complain about the team and the strategy etc, but if he had driven a little better on Saturday the team wouldn’t have had that problem either.
“So the suggestion that he couldn’t have done better on his own was pretty pretentious. It was just the wrong comment and it didn’t make any fans.
Of course, it should be borne in mind that Lammers has a compatriot fighting for the world championship from Hamilton, with Max Verstappen maintaining a four point lead in the title race.
And unsurprisingly, Lammers cites the “Max Factor” as something that puts pressure on the defending champion.
“So far he [Hamilton] was exemplary and comfortable competing with Max, but you get to know him when he’s having a bad weekend, ”said Lammers.
“He had a bad weekend, himself and the team. If he had just qualified better, the team would not have been so exhausted.
“And the point is, he just left [Valtteri] Bottas leads him to ruin. He criticizes the team for their bad decisions following their own bad qualifying. I think this is really wrong.
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