There were some tweets and words about meetings in Mercedes boss Toto Wolff’s kitchen but it seems in the end, Lewis Hamilton feels disrespected by the team and their actions and words in Abu Dhabi.
‘That was one of many uncomfortable moments of the year. Ultimately seeing what had been said afterwards, I felt quite disrespected by the individuals who had spoken.
‘You definitely don’t expect that from those who are in charge of so many people. Has the situation been resolved? ‘No, it hasn’t.’
Mercedes recently explained that no further actions were required as their new world champion, Nico Rosberg, retired with immediate effect leaving Lewis the only horse in the stable so why labor the situation when you don’t have to right? Wrong. Even with his retirement announcement, Lewis couldn’t help but still take jabs at his rival teammate for engaging sports psychologist mid-season.
‘In my whole career I have never had to work with a mental coach,’ he said. ‘I find my own way. I take it as a compliment that he was throwing everything and the toilet seat at it. Look at other sports. When people know they have to go up against Tiger Woods or Serena Williams, they know they have to lift their games.’
Contrary to Lewis’s opinion, the use of a sports psychologist paid big dividends and reversed Romain Grosjean’s career and its something that Sir Jackie Stewart has been advocating for a long time as these drivers, often very young, come into the sport and struggle with the politics, money, pressure and performance anxieties. Berating a person for seeking professional help is not very becoming but Rosberg had his own jab when he was asked about Hamilton’s disrespect comment.
‘OK, so he felt disrespected. OK, that’s a new one.’
Hat Tip: Daily Mail