“Welcome to the Lewis Hamilton emotional rollercoaster”, was the observation of Formula One champion Damon Hill following an exuberant interview given by Hamilton prior to the 2022 Spanish GP. The W13 had tested upgrades earlier in the week at Paul Ricard and Hamilton gushed over the improved performance.
Two races earlier a dejected Lewis required his team boss to console him after a poor race in Iola, “Sorry Lewis. The car was underivable”, said Toto as the chequered flag fell. The car wasn’t that ‘underivable’, as George Russell had just nailed his 4th consecutive top 5 finish classified as P4 while Hamilton languished in P13.
Nico Rosberg observed after the race that Toto was “lying” about the car just to keep his champion driver’s chin up.
Having seen his team mate for the 7th time this season finish in the top 5 at the 2022 Monaco GP, a frustrated Hamilton blamed ‘The Alpine’s’ for driving too slowly which in effect ruined his race. Lewis was P8 behind ex-team mate Fernando Alonso.
Having completed his round of media duties, Hamilton decided to take to his favourite social media outlet Instagram. His legion of fans were upset posting ‘hate’ comments towards Alonso for ‘deliberately ruining Lewis’ race’.
“I just wanted to thank you all for your unwavering support,’ began Hamilton.
“I can’t express how grateful I am for those I saw this weekend and for those watching at home somewhere in the world.”
I appreciate you and hope you had a great weekend.”
Recognising his poor performance when compared to team mate Russell, Hamilton conceded,
“I’m sorry I haven’t given you any great results this year but I won’t give up, we win and we lose together.”
“Tomorrow’s a new day to rise. Sending you love,” he concluded.
2022 will be a year as mentally tough for Lewis as the 2015 and 2016 seasons where he acrimoniously battled for the world drivers’ titles with team mate Nico Rosberg.
It’s unlikely Lewis can come back and beat George Russell this season and will have to accept being second in the team mate pecking order for the first time in 6 years.