I was reading an article over a Sky Sports F1 today and it was about the performance of Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Sure, everyone is entitled to an opinion and F1 journalists are no exception and the piece explored a few choice comments from journalists over Hamilton’s dodgy showing Sunday.
I personally felt it was a bad day at the office and that it reminded me a little of his 2011 performances when he seemed to mentally be checked out and forcing errors. Regardless, that’s neither here nor there as he himself said it was the worst race of his career. That may be true, he’d know best but I can think of a couple others that had more to lose than this one did as he walked away with four additional points in his title bid due to an even more perplexing performance from Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes has been accused of getting rattled and not able to race if they are behind. I’m not sure I’m convinced of that either to be honest. They’ve won from behind before but their recent domination has us galvanized on the now, not the then.
The article speaks of a backlash of scathing commentary on Hamilton in the press and social media. I must be really out of the loop because I haven’t seen a tremendous backlash about him to be honest. Sure the occasional “man-child” comment but all in all, I think we can afford a two-time champ a bad day at the office.
What do you think? Do you think he deserves the criticism? The comments that he drove like he’d ignored Bernie Ecclestone’s advice to “think before you drive”? In my mind he tried too hard and took a couple ill-timed chances that didn’t work. Folks Pasto Maldonado does that just about every race and Felipe Massa has been known to throw it in from time to time. Even Daniel Ricciardo did a dive-bomb passing attempt on Rosberg that arguably ended Nico’s race.
Besides, you can’t kick a guy when he just got a righteous lion tattoo—maybe he’ll name it Cecil in honor of the lion that was killed in Africa by a Minnesota dentist. Regardless, I’m often accused of being a Hamilton hater but that’s not true. In fact, I have defended him on many occasions just like I am now. Lighten up Gunga Din, it’s a bad day of forced driving errors that didn’t work.
It’s interesting that the talk is all about Lewis’s befuddling performance and not much is said about Sebastian Vettel’s good performance and record-equaling win. Just goes to show you how quickly Seb fell off everyone’s radar even when he did show us the finger and still no one complained. Well done Seb.
Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1