Why Lewis, WHY?

F1 fundi and guest writer on Double Apex, Justin Johns makes his feelings about Lewis Hamilton clear in this opinion piece:

“Interesting tactics, I would say, from this side.”: Lewis Hamilton

When Lewis uttered those words, I was taken aback by the obvious poor sportsmanship implying Kimi drove into him on purpose. Finally, I can articulate how I feel about him.

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One of the best

When Lewis debuted in Australia 2007, I immediately knew he will become one of the top 10 greatest drivers of all time, which, in my opinion, he is. His current statistics back-up my claim but it’s not the major factor as nowadays there are more races in a season compared to the seasons of yesteryear. In many ways, the numbers of Fangio, Prost, Senna, Clark, Stewart and Schumacher are quite remarkable as they had fewer races to achieve those statistics.

Lewis’ wheel-to-wheel combat is phenomenal; his outright speed is mesmerising and his ability to handle pressure is why I rate him in the top 10 of all time. Lewis is a machine, he is a winner and he possesses the winning mentality held, not only by past champions or top-level athletes but also by hyper-successful businessmen and women. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, for example, I imagine were not a dream to work under as they would have easily toiled non-stop for decades. The successful business people in my life work non-stop, and they deserve their well-earned rewards. They demand perfection and push themselves to new levels to achieve a goal. Which is what all of this is about, winning.

An impressive drive

It is apparent Lewis was upset for not winning the British Grand Prix. He drove impeccably to retrieve second place at the end of it all. He was last at the end of lap one, and still finished second, wow.

But for someone, who has been in this sport for 12 seasons, to walk off and not to be included in the post-race interviews and then compounded by the fact he made those remarks on the podium, which he followed up in the post-race interviews were intentionally mean and not conducive to sportsman’s like behaviour.

I do not, for one second, give attention to the points of contention that he was under pressure, or it was the adrenaline or the fact it is unfair to have to answer questions when you are emotional. Every single person in the work environment is faced with these hurdles all the time. Yes, I don’t have a camera shoved in my face when I finish a task, but it’s all relative. I must still behave in a professional manner within the boundaries of my work environment. Having a camera in your face is within the boundaries of the work environment of Formula 1. This sport would not exist if no one watched it.

Being human?

This also has nothing to do with the idea of ‘he is only human’. I’m sorry, you can’t pick and choose when it’s okay to be ‘human’ or not in this environment. Imagine you applied that same level of thinking to your job, how do you think your management would react? You would not be promoted because you would be viewed as difficult to work with and unstable. Some people are just poison in a team environment. And if you are a business owner, your staff turnover will be high. He is not exempt from these boundaries because he is in the media and is perceived as a megastar.

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In my opinion, he is now suffering from the same delusion suffered by many celebrities, specifically the celebrities who are a product of the Los Angeles business model. There is a disconnect from reality and there is a constant playing up to the audience which comes across as fake.

Something about Lewis’ persona, in my opinion, is made up. People who suddenly change their accents, for me, set off warning bells. You think I’m exaggerating? The rate of his accent change was rapid. I have lived in a few countries and my accent is still South African, so you tell me if I’m the delusional one here in this interpretation.

The other warning bell for me, is that he wears non-prescription spectacles for fashion. Really? The obvious interpretation or bias is that people who wear spectacles usually give off an intellectual appearance, so is this what he is going for? Why? It doesn’t matter, as you can argue he is a megastar and I’m here writing about trivial things about his life, which as an observation is true. But this is a platform for my thoughts on everything Formula 1 and I like to freely write. It’s within the boundaries of my environment.

The Michael Jackson effect

The fact is, I had a feeling this behaviour was coming. The over-acting was just too much for me. Kneeling down next to the car after qualifying and shaking, then the fake undertone of crying when talking to the crowd straight after got me thinking, who is buying this?

It reminded me of those moments when Michael Jackson, for no apparent reason, used to stop mid-performance to kneel and cry for a bit. Obviously, it was part of the act to toy with the emotions of the crowd and more importantly, it was Michael Jackson. But the ‘fakeness’ is there and you look past it in the context of his live performance, kind of like how people love the WWE.

Too tired?

The other point of contention for me was Lewis using ‘exhaustion from driving so hard’ as an excuse to avoid the interview. My question is: what do you think the other drivers were doing? Listening to music and having a cigarette while driving? No, everyone else was also driving their hearts out and every one of those drivers has different layers of pressure exerted on them. In Formula 1 you must perform every time you are in that car, just like you and I at our office jobs.

Wounded soldier

Hamilton constantly says he had to overcome the ‘haters’, that everyone is against him leads me to believe he has a complex. Who is against you? Who is holding you down? Lewis has made an unbelievable amount of money so what are these prejudices he speaks of?

Remember when he implied the stewards were against him at the Monaco GP in 2011 because he was black? No Lewis, you drove carelessly that day and thankfully were fined for those comments. But again, he was implying there is some sort of prejudice against him.

His jealousy towards Nico Rosberg growing up in Monaco is highly apparent as he never says anything about the guy without a tongue-in-cheek or nasty implication. Nico does not do the same and even defends Hamilton in many statements from the media. Nico is a gentleman, there’s no agenda with him against Lewis via the media. When Lewis crashed his Pagani in Monaco, a journalist prodded Nico and asked him if he thought it was embarrassing. To which he replied, “No, sounds expensive, not embarrassing.” For me, that was insight into how Nico managed the situation with the media, with class.

Lewis reminds me of rappers who, on their debut album, talk about all the haters hating on their money and the woman they have. Who are these rappers talking about? I have never even heard of them, yet on their debut, this is what they talk about? Did I miss a prequel album or movie or something?

Rising from?

‘Still I Rise’ is Hamilton’s motto. For the life of me, I have no idea what he is talking about. Bear with me here, because he only started using this motto after a few seasons in F1. He isn’t down; he was a success from his very first race.

He signed to McLaren at 12 years of age. He has an amazing father who gave up everything just for him; this is something millions of kids do not have, so, what is he rising from? Was his life that bad? Was growing up in a first world country that bad? As a South African, you must understand how ridiculous this all sounds. The world does not hate Lewis, I feel he created his own narrative, which, in my opinion, gives off a fake energy.

Ranting and observing

So, is this a rant or an observation? Probably both. Lewis Hamilton has been one of the most difficult drivers to just let be from my time watching this sport. I’ve supported him many times, especially through 2011 when I thought everyone was too hard on him.

It’s easy to support him as a driver, he is so good and his talent unquestionable. Lewis, you are one of the best drivers in the history of this sport, I love your wheel-to-wheel ability the most from your many other positive attributes, but I can’t love you outside the car right now, not that it matters anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I will buy your rap album when it comes out, and I will still get excited when you feature at events outside of Formula 1, just as many of us would. You are a star after all, and you guys just operate differently. All your ‘haters’ just need to accept that and let you be. This is the story you’ve wanted anyway.

Rant over, peace.



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  1. Richard Wiley 11th July 2018 at 19:38 - Reply

    Hamilton is overwhelmed by a misdirected sense of entitlement. Anything that doesn’t go his way is seen as an act of a hater. It’s always someone else’s fault. I disagree about his wheel to wheel ability. On most circuits where overtaking is not as easy as at Silverstobe, he has failed to shine. Not that he’s often in traffic that isn’t blue-flagged as he’s been gifted a car that until now has been nassively superior. Now that Vettel is proving a tough nut to crack, Hamilton starts his histrionics. And BTW, no less an authority than Jolyon Palmer reckons Hamilton contributed to the latest Kimi clash by not leaving enough space for the circumstances that always prevail soon after a start. I agree and said so immediately. Hamilton unduly tightened his line going into the right hander thereby exposing his right rear wheel.

  2. Richard Austin 11th July 2018 at 19:59 - Reply

    Thank you you have actually put on paper much what i feel.Perhaps to revered by the Brits and Martin Brundle appears very one eyed in his commentaries, Hamilton can do no wrong in his eyes. Bringing in some balance on Sunday with Jenson Button was really good for Sky.I conceded Hamilton had a brilliant drive in a far superior vehicle, from last place, but I was super pleased that Seb took the win. Nico is a class act and has shown that time and again, Hamilton a victim of himself? How could it have been so tough when he was signed and managed by McLaren before he was even a teenager?

    Great article well put thanks.

    • Linda 12th July 2018 at 12:19 - Reply

      Isn’t it Brundle who led a team of disgruntled pundits who waged war against Hamilton for refusing to address the post-race media session last season? Clear and unequivocally, he called out Hamilton on the matter. Hamilton issued a statement to the effect that his rant (after two mistakes, respectively from Ferrera drivers threatened their campaign this season) was just and after-race blubber. He corrected himself publicly, calling Kimi’s mistake a racing incident and accepting his apology. What you should be addressing is how come Vettel’s penalty was half the penalty Kimi took for a similar mistake instead of telling us about a “Micheal Jackson” nonsense. Kimi and Hamilton made mistakes, a driving one and a PR one. They both manned up respectively, and apologised. Drivers say the damndest things and they hardly accept facts and apologize to no one. Micheal Jackson, my foot!!!

  3. Tim 12th July 2018 at 06:32 - Reply

    Excellent article very well written. Thanks

  4. Mark Crox 12th July 2018 at 10:05 - Reply

    Ahhh…that moment you realise the Lewis is where he is and doing what he does…well…better than most people amd he is famous the world over his skillset…as was MJ.
    And on the other hand you reading this crap from someone…well you know what i mean…(luckily i was on the toilet when i came across this). The heartache when you want to be so basly… but just cant be relevant.

  5. Steve w 13th July 2018 at 02:01 - Reply

    Really? His non prescription Glasses are holding him back. He’s not allowed emotions. Nice clickbait you are perpetuating the ‘hater’ nonsense.

  6. David 13th July 2018 at 08:37 - Reply

    Not a Lewis Fan i suppose…but you are entitled to your opinion.

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