The tragic events of Sunday night when motorsport lost a true star in Dan Wheldon, make Hamilton’s post race and qualifying sulking seem all the more ridiculous.
No-one can deny his on the track ability. He is possibly the greatest raw talent of his generation. But Lewis Hamilton has a total lack of likeability. His tendency to blame those around him when things go wrong and lack of admission to his guilt in several incidents this year alone are driving fans away from the racer once thought to be the “billion dollar man.”
Taking Monaco as an example, a frustrated and angry Hamilton was involved in two incidents, one of which was a shocking attempted overtake resulting in the retirement of one of his opponents. This ended in a visit to the stewards, his attitude to this was “Maybe it’s because I’m black.” Tongue in cheek or not what a shameful thing for a role model to thousands of young men and women to say.
Hamilton has shown on several occasions then when the going gets tough he doesn’t want to know. Hiding behind excuses about a slower car, the wrong set up, the wrong strategy, even telling his team not to “talk to me whilst I’m racing.” Most would give their right arm to be in his position, yet his manufactured image, having been signed to McLaren since around 1998; seem to give him an arrogance and swagger which make him deeply unattractive to many fans of the sport.
And what has he actually achieved? 1 world title, the same as Jenson Button, who was widely criticised for joining Mclaren this season as many felt he wouldn’t cope with Lewis’ speed or personality. Yet he has shown himself to be every bit as determined and quick a driver this season, and a better human being to boot.
Hamilton has had it put on a plate for him since day one. Now it is time to deliver, no excuses, no whinging and no whining. Because when a sport loses a true hero people need another one to step up to the mark.