During the round of post-race media duties after a typically dull Grand Prix held at a giant colourful carpark in the south of France, otherwise known as Paul Ricard, Lewis Hamilton got incredibly defensive about his peerless win in the sports most dominant team in history.
“Don’t point your finger at us.” was literally the words spoken by the soon to be six-time world Champion after hearing a British journalist mention that the season was “boring”.
Yet another one-two victory for Mercedes-Benz, the sixth this season, and the silver arrows seems destined to fly towards a sixth world championship title in a row, making them on a par with Ferrari, who managed this feat from 1999 to 2004. The infamous ‘Schumi years’ of dull dominance.
Despite the obvious death of the sport happening around them, like a rampant virus killing its host, Mercedes Benz is after yet more from F1, with a seemingly relentless ambition to eat up more and more record-breaking statistics. We should not expect anything less of course, in competition ambition and drive to win is everything. This is exactly how it should be too.
Following the French Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says: “We never let up. After every race we discover points that we say we can do better. Our team always seems so calm against the outside world.
“People could easily believe that they expect nothing less than another win. But internally it works differently. I know the hard work of all these people behind our successes.”
Lewis is correct of course, the team is more or less the majority shareholder in Mercedes success, only the most devoted ‘Hamfosi’ would argue that.
Lewis Hamilton appears set to try and best the records of Michael Schumacher set during the aforementioned 1999 to 2004 period, and the Mercedes juggernaut is gearing up to help him do just that. Sorry F1 fans, more of the same is set to continue.
“Don’t blame the drivers if the races seem boring,” defensively retorts Hamilton to the un-named British journo claiming the racing and Championship is boring.
Then Hamilton, not one usually given to provide lengthy epilogues, goes on to explain how it’s not their fault (the drivers, ergo himself), and we need to blame the rule makers. Of course, most fans and journo’s know this, but it didn’t prevent Lewis from his rant.
“Don’t point your finger at us.” begins Lewis
“We don’t write the rules. You should put pressure on the powerful, the people at the top of the sport, the people who should do their job. I see that they are making an effort. But we have many, many years behind us with wrong decisions.”
“Of course the fans enjoy racing like in Canada more than they enjoy racing in France. But it’s really important to me that people understand – we’re not to blame. We are stuck in a certain structure. And nothing changes as long as that structure is not changed. And it’s not really my job to change anything here. My job is to come here as a racer and do the best work possible.”
“I travelled here to Paris before the race, together with Nico Hülkenberg and Alexander Wurz. It’s about the 2021 regulations. We stand together as drivers and we want to be heard. So I was there at this meeting with all the Formula 1 bosses, with the team bosses, with the FIA. I have nothing to gain from being there, but I want the drivers to be listened to.”
“We had all these decisions in previous years, and they didn’t even listen to the drivers. Now we get a voice. If I can try in my humble way to give the fans a better sport through our opinion, then I would be very proud of that.”
The next round of ‘racing’ starts next week in Austria, and perhaps the Red Bull ring with its lack of corners might mean we see Mercedes competitors nearer to the sharp end of the field.