Nico Rosberg dominated his team mate during the Spanish GP weekend winning all but one track session. Damon Hill questions whether Lewis should shoulder some of the responsibility for allowing this to happen.
Prior to the race, Hill questioned Hamilton’s negative mental approach to the Barcelona event: “Reading some of the things Lewis said, he’s not felt positive about this place. He says he’s never really gone well here and he’s only ever won one race”. Damon’s opinion is that, “He hasn’t expected to do as well here.”
However, Hill also is critical of Hamilton’s dedication to the cause. “I’ve just been looking at his schedule. He’s been all over the world. He’s been to the Mayweather fight, in LA – all since Bahrain.
Maybe he hasn’t been focusing and maybe Nico has just been thinking about the race.” Damon concluded that Hamilton’s schedule and the choices he made have been a contributory factor as to why “we haven’t seen him on top form.”
Lewis himself revealed he had just a couple of days off following the race in Bahrain three weeks ago. He then flew to Rome to take part in filming for the new Zoolander movie.
Lewis confessed he was “super tired after that because I had a training session that day as well, and then straight after finishing the Zoolander filming I went straight to Majorca to shoot an advert with Mercedes”.
Then it was straight back to Rome for more filming, before heading North to Milan and Monza, where Lewis spent time with Sir Stirling Moss filming.
Next stop was “a short trip to London” to pick up his brother and take him to LA for the weekend, before returning to the UK for some ‘Mercedes work.’
As TJ13 reported, Hamilton had tickets for the Mayweather fight in Las Vegas which was his next point of call before before heading off to New York for a few days.
Lewis finally returned to Brackley on Wednesday before heading out to Barcelona on the Thursday before this weekend’s race.
In his blog Lewis recalls, “sitting back now and talking about all this, it sounds kind of surreal, and often when I am doing it I have to pinch myself. But it felt a bit more normal this time around; I’m not quite sure why”.
Hamilton’s distractions from his Formula One career have been well documented. The latest being by Sir Stirling Moss who commented last week, “the thing Lewis is really interested in is music, not driving.”
Another race weekend has come and gone and still no contract has been finalised between Lewis and Mercedes for beyond the end of this year.
Hamilton will have to be on his game mentally in two weeks for the Monaco GP. This is another race he has won just once, and coming second to Rosberg two race weekends in a row would not fit the 2015 ‘Hamilton domination’ theme.