Lewis Hamilton needs Team support
After a season fraught with stress and disillusion for Lewis Hamilton, Martin Whitmarsh has come out in support of his driver. But is it too late?
- Lewis Hamilton needs Team Support
- But since then it's been different
- Jenson Button won't put up with it.
- And then there is Massa
Lewis Hamilton needs Team Support
Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion of Formula One in 2008, winning the title from Massa by one point. It was a very dramatic win, as he needed to move up one more place in the final race. As Massa approached the last corner, his team were already celebrating, and they told him over the radio he was the new world champion. Lewis overtook on the last bend, giving him the one extra point he needed to clinch the championship.
McLaren really excelled themselves that year, giving him a car that was fast and reliable, and complemented his daring and exciting racing style. Lewis is famed for his overtaking manoevres, he is fearless, and without him, Formula One would be very dull.
But since then it's been different
Sadly for Lewis and his fans, his team have not managed to repeat this again, and currently his car has no grip, so it is impossible for him to feel confident in it. He is fast enough to be on the front row of the grid in qualifying ,but because of the lack of grip, it can never be turned into a win.
Lewis is extremely loyal to his team, and appreciative of their hard work, but it doesn’t alter the fact that this year particularly, they have let him down.
This season particularly, there have been many occasions when he couldn’t get the last run in qualifying to get his fastest time because he was in the garage. His car has not been fuelled with enough petrol ” Because they didn’t think it would go that fast.” and so he wasn’t able to challenge at the front to try and win, in case the fuel ran out. Slow pit stops, as a second or two lost there makes such a difference as to where he will come out, unlike other teams , particularly Red Bull, who are competent and fast.
Jenson Button won't put up with it.
Unlike Lewis, his team mate Jenson Button has demanded answers for the incompetence of the team, and it is noticeable that his pit stops are now much slicker than those of Lewis.
Recently Button hit Alonso, causing him to retire from the race, and it was deemed a racing incident, and Button went on to win the race. For some reason, whether he wins a race or not, Lewis continues to dominate the news headlines, and every move he makes on the track, is fully scrutinised.
He has had some racing incidents himself this year, and has been penalised most times with a drive through penalty. Recently , making it impossible to pass him, deliberately held him up by weaving backwards and forwards in a very dangerous manner. He was warned twice by his team principal he might incur a penalty if he didn’t stop, but it made no difference. Lewis eventually passed him, and the only comment was. ” That is the way Schumakker drives."
And then there is Massa
It was reported last week that Massa’s team principal urged him to ” Destroy Hamilton’s race.”
Luckily it didn’t work, which made Massa very angry, and he turned on Hamilton, trying to incite him to retaliate, which he did not. What is Formula One coming to when it’s not about the racing, and why aren’t the FIA looking into this outrageous request from Massa's team?
Martin Whitmarsh has come out in support of Lewis, stating he is one of the world’s most talented drivers, he is brave and focused, and all this is only a hiccup, and he will come back. But with all due respect, it’s the very least he can do, Lewis has been let down by his team, and now he needs their support, otherwise this rare talent will be wasted. Not only that, Formula One stewards need to look at their rules and treat every driver the same, otherwise it makes a mockery of the sport.
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