I understand that Lewis Hamilton hasn’t had the best year and I do get the point that his recent spate of collisions with Massa and slating in the press have heightened everyone’s sixth sense on just what is going on with the young man but for my part, can we give the guy a break?  Seriously, I’ve seen more stories in the press about his ‘mental’ state than a recent edition of Psychology Today.

It seems Lewis isn’t the happiest guy with his current performance or position in the world championship.  He’s had a few scraps this year and perhaps over-thought the situation placing him in a few dodgy moves but if I had a dime for every news story that offers advice on what he should do or how he’s mentally ruined or why he hasn’t shown more joy in his pole-winning performance on Saturday in Korea, I’d be a rich man.

Grumpy Lewis, indifferent Lewis, sour Lewis…can we get out of the man’s head for 48 hours?  He’s not happy.  Winning a pole position and lacking the over-the-top reaction has some questioning his motivation and continued presence in the sport.  Really?  Does anyone think a pole position really sends Lewis over the moon?  This is a guy who is here to win titles, not just poles.  If he’s not ‘jazzed’ about his pole position, maybe it’s because the press have been so far up his backside lately that he can taste them.

Let’s give the man some room.  He’s had a bad year (by his measure) and trying to psychoanalyze his every move really isn’t helping matters.  I’m willing to bet that nearly everyone reading this or any other F1 news has had a time in their life when they’ve just simply been down or depressed with their performance, the situation they are in or support they’ve felt was lacking or just disenchanted with life in general.  As humans, that happens.  We get down on things and just need some time to recharge our batteries and start to take inventory of the good things we have and what we really want as the next step in our journey.

I don’t think Lewis is any different.  Sure, he’s a champion and wealthy and has had a good go of it but when you march into a sport you are supposed to be dominating and you don’t, that takes the stuffing out of you and it takes time to rekindle and find yourself and your place in the future moving forward.  For my part, I think we should give Lewis some room to breathe.  Let him finish the year and have some time off to consider 2012 and his mental and physical plan for coming back to F1 with a new lease on life and what his aspirations are.

Even McLaren felt compeled to comment on the press questions today about Lewis’s lack of happiness with his pole:

“It is not obligatory to whoop!” explained Whitmarsh. “The fact is that we all have different styles and different views. We all enjoyed the moment but at the same time we are focused on the fact that we have a race that we think we can win tomorrow, and we are looking and concentrating on that.”

As I adamantly said in 2007…stop putting pressure on this kid that isn’t fair.  The media had him equal to Senna and a multi-world champion before he’d actually won one title.  That’s not fair.  He’s not that good…no one is.  Not even Senna was as good as the expectations people placed on Hamilton.  It’s time to come back to reality and realize he’s a young man who is not happy with his current situation and that placing expectations that the greatest F1 drivers in history couldn’t match is doing him no good.

Oh, and let’s stop with the psychoanalyzing as well…precious few of us are licensed therapist so I think our waxing poetic about his mental state is simply white noise.

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musicmaan
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musicmaan

excellent article!! well said.

dude
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dude

Atleast he’s not subdue like Massa. Or Kimi, who could care less.

SuperSix-1
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SuperSix-1

Wow NG – This looks like an article that I would write! Well I have to take my hat off to you & give you some big respect NG – Well said & welldone for showing a human side & understanding. Regardless of whether you like someone or not…nobody deserves this kind of treatment. The boy did fantastic to achieve the 1st non-redbull pole at a time where attention & critisisms on him is going well below the belt. His xdemeanor is totally understandable and I cant help wondering that those who are questioning it now are the detractors once… Read more »

formulasfera
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formulasfera

Nice comment again, I agree (specially when you compare with Massa;)

Lewisno1fan
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Lewisno1fan

@ SUPERSIX-1, I totally agree with you and this article is very good. Lewis gets so little support in the British media, but then they always have preferred the slimy Button who buys all the F1 journalists a good meal at the end of the year. Poor guy, no wonder he is fed up.

williams4ever
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williams4ever
F1 Kitteh
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F1 Kitteh

Red Bull give you wings. Problem solved.

williams4ever
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williams4ever

Then the yapping tortoise should go to RedBull. The Tortoise invited all the trouble due because he was not able to keep his mouth shut. He was naive to assume F1 was going to be a cakewalk and that he will be blessed with cars like 2007-08 season. That was his mistake, If he had yapped so much back then and kept himself under the radar back then, life would have been simpler…

F1 Kitteh
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F1 Kitteh

In that case maybe he should goto Lotus and see if they will let him take the Delorean back to 2007 to change history ..

williams4ever
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williams4ever

There will be a caterham team next year

Mario Carneiro Neto
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Mario Carneiro Neto

Agreed in full. Thanks for writing this, I will be sharing it.

UAN
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UAN

I agree the media’s been slagging on about Lewis, but come on, odd is still odd and his behavior was odd. He looked the same after the muck up in Japan. It’s one thing for him not to be whooping it up, but it looks like some one just told him his cat died. And I don’t buy it’s all the media, etc. From still photo’s of the drivers press conference from Thursday, he looked pretty happy and relaxed answering questions from the same media. I also don’t buy this “not here to win poles” as if poles are totally… Read more »

raithrover
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raithrover

Great pole. When he’s focused he can deliver something special. Even with all the falk recently he put it together today which was impressive.

mg5904
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mg5904

**** (4 Stars) Great article and excellent points, particularly this, “AS a human I find it horrific watching someone get bullied to such levels.”

Steven
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Steven

Well said. People need to let Lewis be, if he’s going through a rough time let him deal with it. Where in the rules does it say that all the drivers are supposed to have a smile on their faces all the time?

ANd for gods sakes people!! Stop psychoanalysing him, nobody, except him, knows whats going on in his head, so stop playing the armchair shrink and let him drive. I have a feeling that next year if the car is up to par he will blow all comers out tha water! GO LEWIS!!

Nofahz
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Nofahz

Blah blah yeah so, wheres the obligatory Lewis bashing? What happened to this site?

williams4ever
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williams4ever

falling standards maybe ;-)

Changing_conditions
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Changing_conditions

I think NC is a little bit annoyed with all the bad media and naysayers that prattle on about Hamilton. I think he needs to…

Well if we can’t psychoanalyze Hamilton we will have to psychoanalyze you NC Mawhahahaha. I mean what else would there be to talk about, the 23 other drivers or racing???

Niyoko
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Niyoko

here here! Lewis has to be under even more pressure than Alonso with Ferrari fans. It has been said before, the British press is relentless and savage when at its best…or worse. I was surprised as the commentators about how Hamilton held himself yesterday, but stepping back and thinking (The keyword the press forgets to do.) about it put things into picture. Yes, Lewis is under a lot of pressure from himself to do better. He is also supremely focused on the race tomorrow, that is very good. If the press stepped back and thought we’d have a normal article… Read more »

formulasfera
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formulasfera

I said it before (I am a genius) and I say it now: most people love winners and they will love Hamilton “from the first day I saw him”…

Maybe it is starting today with a pole.

budred5
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budred5

“A fool tells you what he will do; a boaster what he has done. The wise man does it and says nothing.”

williams4ever
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williams4ever

Caterpillar(Not the equipment company) must be becoming butterfly.
But lets not continuously keep poking to check the progress….

Schumi is Human
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Schumi is Human

Let him finish the year and have some time off to consider 2012 and his mental and physical plan for coming back to F1 with a new lease on life and what his aspirations are. Excellent article NC. Absolutely Lewis needs to prepare mentally and physically for 2012 season. He needs to find balance. Certainly over exuberance and under exuberance at achieving pole is not mentally healthy. Race wins are important. Ron Dennis did not mind when Flavio smiled when his driver achieved pole as long as that smile was not there on Sunday. Maybe the reality of being “stuck”… Read more »

JakeSpeed
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JakeSpeed

Maybe the fact that Lewis did not seem overjoyed at being the first non-RB driver to win pole in 15 races was realizing just how pathetic it was that 15 races in, no one other than RB had won pole. Also, given that Vettel was able to drive away from him at will in the race and the pole margin was so small – 0.03s IIRC – maybe he realized his pole win was only a fluke, perhaps due to a slight miscalculation by Vettel on his qualifying lap.

GPLegend
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GPLegend

Lewis believes that P1 is where he belongs. His pole was really a return to the natural order, as he believes it to be. No need to put on false displays of joy. For him, it’s all about race day; and as you’ve observed, he most likely was not optimistic about race day, despite the pole position.

gsprings
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gsprings

i like hamilton not grinning and hamming it up for the press,like these guys are probably told to do

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

To quote Mark Hallam from the last podcast, ” We yammer about him[Lewis] because he gives us reason to”.

meine
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meine

I’m beginning to think NC has become a Lewis fanboy ;-)
This sort of talk used to be bread and butter for F1B; it gives everyone something to write about.

Also it was a legitimate point: If you are not happy with a pole (and Lewis very obviously wasn’t) then there is something really wrong.

It’s just part of the job of a F1-driver that everybody talks about everything.