I must have watched a different Sky Sports broadcast or missed a serious chunk of the post-race coverage but whatever it was that set Lewis Hamilton off, I missed it. The broadcast I watched was replete with praise and amazement of the 4-time champ’s drive from 14th to victory taking advantage of Sebastian Vettel’s crash and some last-minute team orders that kept him in the lead for the win.
According to reports, Lewis took to Instagram and later deleted the post.
Hamilton wrote: ‘I never get to watch the races but just got home and watching Sky. I find it amusing listening to ex-drivers commentating, not a single one of them could find a good word to say.
‘Whatever the reason is, it’s OK I forgive you. Positivity and love wins always no matter what words you use to try and undermine me, I started 14th today and finished 1st. God is good all the time.’
Not sure what the criticism is but he was my drive and passer of the race and I actually picked him to win. As we discussed on our race review podcast, the issue I have is the pit entry reprimand and it has nothing to do with Lewis. I would have the same issues if it had happened to Bottas or Raikkonen. Questioning that isn’t denying Lewis’s terrific performance, just the malleable latitude the race stewards are choosing to add context to regulatory violations in order to accommodate outcomes, not infractions.
The Sky Sports team typically have a lot of praise for Lewis and they certainly seemed to have it on the broadcast I watched. Not sure what rubbed Lewis the wrong way or why he feels compelled to continually discuss his positivity and love victory over all adversity but far be it from me to decry a young man’s approach to coping with adversity…real or maybe not so real.
According to Autosport, there was a lot of booing although I didn’t hear it on the broadcast. Regardless, Lewis says he was energized by it.
“There was a lot of negativity before the race,” said the Mercedes driver.
“When you come to England, going around I don’t remember any of the fans booing. We’ve got quite a good group of fans in England.
“And when I came here, there was a lot of booing.
“The weird thing is that I was really happy about it. It was unusual. It’s weird that I’m still happy.
“It was because I kept seeing individually, a couple of different British flags in amongst a hundred or a thousand [others].
“It was a sea of red and then you’ve got a British flag in there.
“Then you have people from Mexico, people from England, you have people from I think Nigeria or somewhere in Africa with Hamilton shirts on – the name Hamilton on, standing in amongst the red.
“It was just so positive for me. That’s why I said at the end, that love conquers all.”