Lewis Hamilton, known to many as bling-bling, is a fascinating character to observe. Whilst his nick name is well earned as he sports the biggest diamond earrings ever for a racing driver along with his Mr. T style neck adornments – Lewis is more than just a kid from the ghetto (or Stevenage to be more precise).
Lewis is a watcher and a thinker. During his trauma’s with ex pole dancing girlfriend he observed the Zen like existence of Jenson Button his team mate, and yearned for a life where he too could be in a ‘bubble’. Given that Hamilton is no longer in and out of a relationship each time a newspaper is printed, you could argue he has achieved something of a ‘Lewis bubble’. The fact that ‘bad’ Lewis hasn’t appeared despite the terrible run of bad luck at the start of this season is in fact testimony to the fact that Lewis has changed.
No more ‘cos I is black’ explanations for engine failures or others dodgy driving skills, Lewis looks as though he has indeed been born again – you could say – as he takes all things comfortably within his stride. His measured responses and winning smile to the repeated loaded questions from the bastards in the media, sees #44 as Sanguine personified.
However, in a sport where the 100th – even 1000th of a second – may make a difference, some F1 observers are beginning to express concern that Lewis has lost his edge. After all Hamilton did admit in a post 2015 season interview with the BBC he found it difficult to give it absolutely everything following his title win in Austin, “You still have to commit and work super-hard but for sure you’re kind of like ‘my job is done, I wish the season was over, wish I could go on holiday’.”
Following the US GP in Texas, Hamilton’s team mate went on to win the final 3 GP of the year and now after four more victories this season, Rosberg is gunning for some all time F1 win records.
Should he win in Barcelona this weekend, Nico Rosberg will equal the most successive F1 race wins from the start of a season. Nigel Mansell had 5 in 1992 and Michael Schumacher equalled this 12 years later in 2004). A Rosberg victory in Catalunya would also see him equal Alberto Ascari and Sebastian Vettel as the only drivers to win eight consecutive F1 races, leaving him a P1 in Monaco from levelling Vettel’s all time record of 9 in 2013.
‘Things happen for a reason’, mused Hamilton when asked in Russia if Rosberg’s victories were as result of his own bad luck. Lewis has demonstrated he is consistent on this somewhat deterministic philosophical view of the world on previous occasions stating he doesn’t really believe in luck – good or bad.
Following Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident and the revelations he may be in a coma for life, Hamilton made a similar observation that, ‘things happen for a reason’. Social media exploded in fury condemning Lewis as ‘insensitive’ amongst other things.
Whether Lewis meant this ‘things happen for a reason’ comment the way people understood it, is up for question, however this kind of philosophical view of the world may soon give Hamilton more food for thought.
Interestingly this kind of deterministic view of life is often pronounced by the fundamentalist wing of the Christian church. It is used an explanation for apparent injustices and evil in the world around us and ex-England football manager, Glen Hoddle, famously expressed this kind of sentiment back in 1999 – something which ultimately cost him his job. Of course a good God can’t do bad things, therefore bad stuff happens ‘for a reason’.
The concern for Hamilton fans should be that such a fatalistic view of the world may well lead their hero to throw in the towel in the 2016 F1 drivers’ championship fight – should the Spanish GP weekend prove to be another one filled with disappointment for Lewis. If things ‘happen for a reason’ and keep happening to Lewis’ disadvantage, how long will it be before he believes – all this is happening for a reason, because the reason is, it’s Nico Rosberg’s year?
The problem with fate and determinism is that ultimately this means events develop outside a person’s control and become to be regarded as predetermined – even by a supernatural power. So if something is destined to happen, then it will – so why fight it?