Lewis Hamilton has at times in his F1 career appeared to be close to the edge, and may be yet again. In an interview with Red Bull’s Servus TV, Niki Lauda now reveals Hamilton destroyed his motorhome room having lost pole to team mate Nico Rosberg in Azerbaijan.
Veteran Swiss F1 writer, Roger Benoit asked Lauda for his recollection of events following the Saturday afternoon session in Baku.
Lewis Hamilton was so furious about losing pole position to Nico Rosberg at the European Grand Prix that he “destroyed” his private room at the Mercedes offices, team chief Niki Lauda has revealed.
“He [Hamilton] told me not to come in because he was going to destroy everything. This is how it was,” revealed the Mercedes boss.
Lauda said Mercedes have decided there will be consequences for Lewis’ behaviour. “He’ll have to pay for that [the destroyed room]. You can count on that”.
Lewis has presented as a troubled soul during certain periods of his Formula One career, though quitting the ‘on-off’ relationship with long term girlfriend, Nicole Shirtzinger, appeared to bring a new sense of stability to Hamilton’s life. His smiling media image is now the norm during F1 racing weekends – whether Lewis is winning or not.
Yet behind the scenes clearly the ‘old’ Lewis is still there and the image is a “lie” says Niki Lauda.
Following the race in Baku, Lewis did an interview with a British Sunday newspaper, where he claimed the relationship between him and Nico Rosberg was better than ever.
“It’s actually really good with Nico at the moment,” Hamilton told the Mail on Sunday. “Really, really good. Surprisingly.
Yet Lauda confirms this is untrue.
“Lewis lied about that, it’s as simple as that,” explained Lauda. “He just said something in order to regain his peace of mind for last weekend”.
Two years ago Hamilton retorted curtly to a question from Sky Sports in Monaco, “We are not friends… “We are colleagues.” Flip flopping over ‘friends’ – ‘not friends’, merely gives ammunition to those who believe Hamilton is emotionally unstable.
Niki Lauda is in no way condemnatory of Hamilton’s untruths and believes it is part of his make up to deal with situations. “He does what he can. The fight gets hotter the longer Nico is in front.”
It just seems that for Lewis Hamilton, the next emotional implosion is a matter of when – and not if.