When an F1 driver misses a scheduled PR/press event, questions are raised; even more so when you are Lewis Hamilton. Following an ‘incident’ in Monaco earlier this week, Lewis missed a press event yesterday and posted the above on his instagram account. For many it will be amusing that the new F1 world champion – and possibly the best racing driver in the world – hit a parked car – but in reality its no big deal.
But if never just rains for Lewis. He apparently has also had a fever this week. Whether the fever had anything to do with Lewis unfortunate fender bending activities, is not clear.
Yet Lewis is taking this ‘nothing’ incident very seriously. It is apparently a moment in life, which is providing Lewis with an opportunity for introspection and is an event from which he can ‘learn’ and ‘grow.’ That said, “don’t hit park cars when driving” is a given even for unqualified drivers under instruction.
Given that the object of Lewis metal merging instincts was stationary and the contact was light, it is unlikely there are any law suits in the offing. If the facts of the incident are just as we have them, then Hamilton’s Instagram explanation feels a tad paranoid. “Whilst ultimately it is nobody’s business, there are people knowing my position that will try to take advantage of the situation and make a quick buck. No problem”.
Lewis being suspicious of those wishing to take advantage of him is not such an ‘out of the box’ notion, given his pursuit of celebrity status and ‘A’ list friends. It’s all just part of being a global megastar.
But Hamilton’s lengthy explanation will give rise to the suspicion that maybe something a little more than a fever and clipping a parked car, has provoked Lewis’ latest contemplations and naval gazing. After all, Hamilton has been described as Formula One’s ‘Rock Star’ driver. Therefore sex, drugs and smashing up hotel rooms would be a natural course of events for this persona profile.
There’s just one small problem for Lewis though. Unlike a Rock Star, Hamilton is an ‘ambassador’ for Mercedes. Which means if he does some naughty boy ‘Rock Star’ stuff, he can’t really revel in the shock this causes to those who are part of the establishment. Indeed, any behaviour which was too unpalatable might require a few lawyers to sort out, together with a statement about ‘learning’ from mistakes – ie ‘I won’t do it again.’ Add in a couple of comments about moving to a higher plane of human development and consciousness – ie ‘growing’ – and Bingo… Problem solved.
Lewis’ travails, just go to demonstrate, how easy us mere mortals have it.