Hamilton an ‘emotional’ basket case says Hill

Following a test in Paul Ricard where Hamilton was conspicuous by his absence, the upgraded W13 arrived in the paddock for the Spanish GP to great expectations. The aero differences were visible and the drivers buoyant about the much improved car after the practice sessions. Porpoising was significantly reduced and the car returned to the kind of performance in qualifying that we saw in the season opener in Bahrain – ie the W13 was the third quickest car.

The race saw Lewis Hamilton starting from P6 and despite getting away from the line well, Hamilton found himself in the kind of midfield melee his just isn’t used to. For 8 seasons he has been in the best car, mostly on the front row and off into the distance after turn 1. Further, given the superiority of his Mercedes other drivers would give difference to him when they saw him approaching on track.


Yet this season is proving different for Lewis. He is having to learn or re-learn what it is to battle with several other cars at the start and not receive the preferential treatment from other drivers he once received.
Lap 1 of the Spanish GP saw him battling with several other cars and entering turn 4 he was challenged on the outside by Kevin Magnussen. Their cars touched front wheel to front wheel, Magnussen disappeared off into the gravel and Lewis suffered a puncture.

The stewards deemed neither driver at fault, but after limping back to the pits Hamilton found himself second last and over 50 seconds behind the leaders.

On lap 2 a dejected Hamilton called in over pit radio saying, “I would save this engine guys if I was you. I’m sorry.”

Code for, ‘I’m not going to achieve anything worthwhile today, I want to retire from the race’.

This is lap 2 of a 66 Grand Prix where nobody knows whether due to the heat the race will see cars change their tyres 2,3 or 4 times. This is a huge opportunity for a driver and team who make the strategy calls correctly to storm through the field.

Mercedes rejected Lewis’ suggestion trying to help him be positive by suggesting he could achieve at least a P8 if not better.

The rest is history. Hamiltons forced change of strategy due to the puncture saw him find plenty of free air on new tyres taking advantage of other cars pitting as he approached them. In the closing stages Lewis had miraculously made it to P4 before a critical engine temperature saw him coast the last lap and lose a place to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

The Sky Sports pundits debated following the chequered flag how Lewis was ready to throw the towel in so easily and Damon Hill whimsically said, “Welcome to the Lewis Hamilton emotional rollercoaster”.

Following the chequered flag Toto Wolff and Lewis engineer were gushing over Hamilton’s performance and appeared to be trying to bolster the fragile confidence of their 6 time champion driver along with managing his emotional deficiencies.

Quite simply Hamilton needs to learn he has no right to space and whilst it was no fault of his that he and KMag collided he would be better advised to treat others around him with more caution. Had he even yielded to Magnussen his net position would have been better than the end result of a puncture.

Lewis is no longer in the fastest car but a Grand Prix is a long event. Picking his fights is something Lewis is not used to, but should learn quickly unless he repeatedly wants to find himself out of position.

And the perceived petulant attitude of threatening to retire the car because things are not going his way is in stark contrast to other more gracious world champions on the grid who do not have a Mercedes F1 car under their control and finished the race behind Hamilton.

11 responses to “Hamilton an ‘emotional’ basket case says Hill

  1. What tosh! He was on the racing line and had the apex to that corner. KMag should have backed out, as he was behind and could see Hamilton clearly. You can’t just turn in when another driver is there and ahead, turning in to the corner. I ask you this, why did Hamilron not collide with Verstappen last year when on the outside of a few corners, despite not being afforded the same room? A little more objectivity wouldn’t go amiss!!

  2. It’s only folks like you who entertain this farfetched opinions about Merc’ s dominance of the hybrid era simply because they had Lewis in that seat. And yes Lewis is just as petulantly emotional as Kimi was unapologetically impudent and brash..yet you excused that away with stupendous articles glorifying his indecent acts.

    It’s clear the writer of this piece is once again alarmed simply because Hamilton’s got back his mojo..and so he must pick on anything to disparage Lewis.

    Merc and Lewis dominance of the hybrid era did more good to the sport. Lewis earned the right to drive for Mercedes. One wonders what this writer would have said if Merc was already winning before they contracted Lewis Hamilton to drive their car.

    • Merc were no better than they were in Bahrain. They just got even worse after the season opener and are back to square one. Look at the quali gap and race pace comparisons from race 1 to race 6 in Barcelona

      Due to him driving into KMag, Lewis was quickly on a 3 stop strategy that was way quicker and this realisation took the rest to realise after 20 laps.

    • What you call dominance, i call the age of poverty. Never in the history of f1 was the sport so boaring. Merc 1-2’s almost every race. An over the top political correct LH being adored and praised for not crashing the fastest car. Terrible times.

  3. Not the first, or last time Lewis has been caught on the radio asking whether the team should save his car or engine…puts the onus of the decision on the team of course, so not his wish or call ever.

    Oh, but let us give him his dues…I count 7 championships not 6 as in the article.

    • He’s mercedes 6 time champion driver because he has won 6 wcs in mercedes. The first was in mclaren

    • Lewis is a fast driver. Not the fastest. In the fastest car for seven years and a contract. That put him ahead of driver two. He was always going to run away with championships. He was never a racing driver like Alonso or Verstappen. That race and never give up no matter what they drive. I first saw it when he was racing with button. He could not overtake then and unless he is in a vastly superior car still can’t. Never rated him as a racing driver just fast in a fast car. Get pole and leave rest behind.

  4. You don’t like Lewis Hamilton do you. Always negative comments from you. Must be a vercrashen fan

    • I’m sorry, Am I making it up? Its not a negative comment stating the truth about one driver or another. Perhaps the FIA are only relasing these sorts of radio messages from Lewis.
      Even I wouldn’t agree that was fair or is it that Lewis is the only one to make these suggestions when he is behind a third if the field after two or three laps?

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