Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was in New Zealand and took a picture of himself while he was riding a motorbike. Now, he must not have known that the folks in New Zealand actually made that illegal and it turns out the local law enforcement took no further actions on the matter.
That won’t stop the effusive Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, from offering his opinion on the situation just as he does on just about every other topic happening in the world of F1 and beyond.
“In hindsight the thing on the motorbike wasn’t the right thing to do and he knows that perfectly well,”
Now he wasn’t that concerned about it and if you ran the situation through this cultural “outrage” meter that seems to be all the rage lately, you could argue that he endangered his life and the life of others by this terribly selfish act and placed many people in an unsafe situation. I’m not arguing that but every time something like this comes up and is dismissed, there is always a hyper sensitive group that run the entire gambit of possible outcomes and create drama where none exists.
It’s not to marginalize the law or the risk but like Toto, it probably isn’t impacting Lewis:
“He delivers on track. He wins races and he wins championships. His life seems to suit him and make him perform – and that is why, for me, it is absolutely OK,”
Fair enough but I can’t help but think that Lewis probably isn’t too keen to have his team boss even commenting on how he may have been in the wrong. That’s just my hunch.
Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1