One of Lewis Hamilton’s biggest supporters appeared to denounce his tactics during the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi GP yesterday.
Nigel Mansell is well known for his support of the Lewis over the years. Often citing similarities between his Lewis’s and his own determination to win – heralded as the UK’s people’s champion, against all those odds stacked against them.
Despite ‘Our Nige’s’ rather dulcet tone during interviews (possibly the most bored sounding driver in history other than Kimi), one thing he’s always maintained during his career was a sense of fair play. Often in stark contrast to other drivers of his time, namely Prost, Senna and certainly Piquet.
Clearly his tweets yesterday show that his support for the British No. 1 has wained somewhat. Hamilton’s backing up tactic was the only thing the British driver could do to keep his title hopes alive, against team orders of Paddy Lowe who’s Mercedes team were rightly concerned that the win was in jeopardy from a charging Sebastian Vettel.
The question to the Jury is, was Lewis right to take matters into his own hands? Is he bigger than the whole Mercedes team – or even the brand’s presence in F1?