If the top brass at Mercedes Benz AMG F1 thought life was going to be simpler this year with the departure of Lewis Hamilton’s nemesis Nico Rosberg – they better think again quickly.
Hamilton is already stirring the pot of team controversy before a wheel; has turned in testing anger. In the latest of Lewis’s ‘me, me me’ performances he is claiming it isn’t ‘fair’ that team mates should be sharing data across the garage.
“I go out, do my laps, do all my homework…. the other guy can see everything,” said Hamilton sounding like he’s still reeling from the loss of last year’s championship.
“When we’re driving we’re picking out braking points, bumps, tyre rubber marks on the track, all these different things to help get you through the corner quickest, Lewis continues. “But because of this data [sharing] they can just copy you. ‘Oh, he’s braking five metres later there, I’ll go out and I’ll try braking five metres later’. So that’s what I really dislike, because it enables them to get closer”.
Of course Hamilton has several years’ experience of driving the Mercedes car which is a big advantage over new team make Valterri Bottas. However, just as Lewis was offered data to help him get up to speed quickly when he joined the Brackley team, Mercedes are doing the same for their new Flying Finnish driver – but Lewis strangely is crying ‘UNFAIR’.
Stung by criticism over his recent outburst, Hamilton sought to explain his intentions on twitter today. “I wish to clarify, I have not hit out at my team at all,” said the Brit. “My point on data sharing is solely my feelings about the sport in general”.
Mmm. It appears Lewis’s memory is rather short.
Hamilton was furious about being kept in the dark over Jenson Button’s winning data when they were team mates at McLaren. Incensed following a whipping in qualifying by Button, Lewis tweeted both his and Jenson’s telemetry data during the 2012 Belgium GP weekend in Spa. This was an attempt to explain why Lewis’s performance was inferior to Jenson’s.
Jenson won that event by a country mile and of course during his years as Lewis’ team mate scored more points for McLaren than did Hamilton.
Hamilton has proven time and again not to be a team player and merely interested in his own well being. James Gray writing for the express suggests about Hamilton, “If you try to count all the occasions on which the three-time world champion has lost his temper with his treatment at Mercedes, you quite quickly run out of fingers and eventually toes”.
Well here we go again folks.
Nikki and Toto would be well advised to get ready for Brackley civil war mark II – Lewis style – as the bell is about to ring on the 2017 F1 season.