Just Say It! Lewis is better than Senna!

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Lewis Hamilton

Why tiptoe around the issue? Why suggest or infer anything at this point? Why wait until this young man has had multiple championships to start suggesting he may equal Senna or even Schumacher?Why would we wait when we all know he is the greatest driver in F1 history? He is in the top 100 all-time greats list already (top 10 to be exact) and on the great rain-driver list. He has an oracle for a father/manager who is not opportunistic or anywhere near over his head in trying to be a sports manager and a team that has held his hand since his early teens. He has an”equal” teammate in Heikki who seems to have had all kinds of bad luck this season only to overcome and put the car in the points like a real champion and gotten rid of a two-time champion in which he could learn because frankly; he doesn’t need to learn anything from Fernando Alonso…he already knows it all.

He is the second coming of Fangio, Senna, Prost, Stewart, Clark and Schumacher. The REAL deal who can win adulation even if he doesn’t start his engine. An enigma with multiple endorsements for millions having won nothing save a handful of races. Ralf Schumacher achieved more in F1 than Lewis has yet that isn’t important. Ralf has a rictus and Lewis doesn’t.

I sense the young man is going to implode because he has a horrible sense of false humility that a 3-year old can see, his father is completely out of touch with what a real sports manager should be doing (see Turkey for justification of this) and he’s disingenuous and only digs deeper holes each time he speaks. Listening to radio chatter, you can tell his ego is bigger than most demigods and before we start suggesting it’s F1; all drivers have egos…let me remind you that Jimmy Clark, Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and other greats, this young man is supposed to be better than, had more decorum, integrity and professionalism worthy of a champion.

Contrary to what the rest of the world believes, this kid does not handle himself well. He is young and immature. His dad is not knowledgeable enough or professional enough to see what he or his son is doing to his career. Lewis never misses a chance to talk about me, myself and I and only after saying that; he realizes that he is supposed to be humble and then throws a few accolades to his team. At Monaco, he realized all his talk about how well he did in letting the team know he had hit the wall and how that won him the race was bit over the top; he then proceeded to heap praise on the team in the most false of styles. So much so that he sounded like a NASCAR driver. You can even see the light bulb go on in his head when his “humility switch” is pressed. It is not a natural state for Lewis.

I hope he wins the championship this year. I hope he does it for Ron and McLaren. In fact I hope he does it so we can all get on with F1 and start making sense of real drivers like Lewis’s teammate Kimi, Alonso, Massa, Kubica, Vettel and all the other drivers who don’t need British media hype to create a career for them. Drivers who stand on their own and don’t need comparisons to Senna to sell papers or put spin on their careers to cover the most obvious of shortcomings. Sorry, but when I think of terrific British drivers; Lewis is not one of them yet. Nige, Graham, Damon, Anthony Davidson, Jenson Button, Sir Jackie Stewart, DC and the unequaled Jimmy Clark are real British drivers who deserve the praise they have received. Lewis is no where close to that class of British driver yet. He’s very, very talented and terrifically quick but this is only his second year. Perhaps he will go on the be the greatest F1 driver ever. That is if he, his father, McLAren, News of the World or the British media don’t destroy him before he gets there.

Just my opinion but the rest of the world is guilty of making me form it. So there!

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gplegend
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gplegend

There is no question that Lewis himself believes all the hype. He firmly believes he is the second coming of Senna. “It was just like Senna’s race,” he said in the post race one-on-one interviews. What arrogance, I thought. I suggest Lewis call up Tiger Woods and ask him if he can visit with him for a few days and learn how he should conduct himself. Tiger has always said he is shooting to better Jack Nicholas’ record of career majors. It has never come across as audacious because he has always shown the utmost respect to Jack and the… Read more »

Negative Camber
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Amen GPL. That is precisely what I am talking about! You just said it much better than I did. That doesn’t surprise me by the way; you are da man! Very well said my friend. I am honored to have you here and a part of F1B. :)

brendan stallard
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brendan stallard

“me, myself and I”

Todd,

A coruscatingly brilliant song by Joan Armatrading.

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Those were hideous and not respectful to the memory of a great driver. I hope Louise grows up quickly and behaves a little better in future.

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Did you have access to McClaren radio?

brendan

Negative Camber
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No, I listen to the broadcast on headphones so I can here all the comments made from the radio. They are very hard to hear when Speed guys talk over them. I also found some clips online. Those are equally hard to find. Similar to the one that is on our front page now with Ron saying “just be cool”. That was right after Alonso held Lewis up in the pits last year. You can learn a lot by surfing around the internet. :)

Good old Joan. :)

Architrion
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Architrion

Finally, you got it. Now you understand what I was talking about…… I agree all and each of your words… one by one. In fact, I feel a little envy of how well you used your language to express what is my opinion about this guy (well, could it be because english isn’t my natural language?)…. Anyway, I’ve always liked british drivers, but all this hysteria about that guy makes me feel sick…..

Negative Camber
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Yes Frantic, I apologize…I forgot James hunt. :) Martin and Mark as well as Hawthorn and Moss. I couldn’t list every single terrific British driver; that would take too much space. Thus making my point even more tangible. :)

Frantic
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maybe im going mad but Lewis has 0 titles and 1 monaco win, or was that senna? wasn’t he the new Schumacher at 1 stage?

And not all us brits are like this. Anyway he’s swiss now…

febsterehckya21
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Lewis. better. than. Senna? I’m rinsing my keyboard for typing that. It’s like saying Britney is Aretha.

mark h
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mark h

Lewis reminds me of a different British driver – Nigel Mansell. I love watching him race but afterwards I have to dive for cover behind the armchair, lest I see him step out of his car and remove his helmet.
Or – heaven forbid – open his mouth! Such a shame – I really do love watching him race, and hope he achieves great things in time.

mark h
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mark h

apologies, Nige was top of the list in the article i see! I should get some rest ;)

WFP
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WFP

wow…well i guess i will say it…..i said this would happen in the forum….Hammy wins Monaco and now the mania is at a whole new level….this is not only direspectful but makes me physically ill. Senna was a spectacular driver, and well lets face it Lewis is a no title winning wannabe. Win a few…not a couple…but a few titles and we will talk but as far as i am concerned you will need more than 2 to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Senna or Schumacher.

Jim
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Jim

He ran a good race but then came off like an ass which ruins the win.

Negative Camber
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my point all along WFP, win a few titles and then we’ll talk. Right now, he’s not worthy. Schumi never mentioned himself and Senna. Even when he beat Senna’s records he always showed humility. Lewis himself always mentions Senna and himself like in Japan last year and Monaco this week. Sad. Senna had more class, schumi had more class.

Gino
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Gino

I looked up this site because I was wondering why I no longer have a subscription to your podcast. Now I remember. It is just sickening how personal your show has become against the Hamilton family. But really, you are p_ssed at the British press. Put a bit more balance on your show. I know it’s about opinions but really, you are offending a lot of people. If you do tone down, drop me an email so I can subscribe back. I used top love this show.

Negative Camber
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Unfortunately Gino I am not going to be able to please everyone who comes here. The problem with opinion is that ultimately it will go against someone else’s. Yes I do think the British Press are ruining this kids career and placing way too much pressure on him. I also think he is young, immature and has started believing the hype, money and glamor that is his. I also think a true manager, not a dad who is capitalizing on his sons career out of love and a sense of protection, would be far better for Lewis. If his dad… Read more »

Negative Camber
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Just a little choice insight from the Times: Hamilton, the 22-year-old from Stevenage, had exchanged angry words with his team boss Ron Dennis as he returned to the pits, reportedly saying: “Don’t ever f****** do that to me again!” Dennis replied: “Don’t ever f****** speak to me like that again!” Hamilton delivered a final riposte: “Go f****** swivel!” And this from Eddie Irvine. Yes, the most likely to tell his boss to go swivel. “Lewis is playing a particularly polished and clever game when it comes to appearing cleaner-than-clean but his arrogance is starting to come out now,” Irvine, now… Read more »

alabama_tifosi
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alabama_tifosi

NC, I couldn’t agree with you more on your longest post. Although I am (obviously) a Ferrari fan, I share a world of respect and admiration for all the drivers on the grid. Hamilton could eventually go down as a great driver, or he may end up as a flash in the pan. I, in general, take huge issues with anyone being referred to as “the next *[blank].” As for personal opinion, Hamilton needs to mature. British press, columnists, and bloggers like us, need to stop saying he is the next anything, until he can prove that he is the… Read more »

raithrover
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raithrover

I won’t say this, maybe after 10 seasons of titles, victories and superb racing I may, but now is not the time.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

NC, when did those quotes from the Times appear? What race did these incident(s) happen at? If you tell me Monaco, I think I’ll start lewishamiltoncan’tcarrysenna’sjockstrap.com.

Wow, after all of this, I need a fresh dose of Johnny Herbert right now.

Negative Camber
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LOL. I like Johnny. Always have. They were from last year, Dave.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

How did I miss that? It must have been when I was on my jackalope hunt in the lower cockles region of northern Wonkrovia. Or was it in the brief time before Lois had been shoved not-so-delicately up my tookus, when I admired his driving style and didn’t pay attention to what he said? Ah, those were the care-free days…

john
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Excellent post! I think a lot of us got fed up with him last season, but then you can’t take away the fact that he has won races and looks a pretty smooth driver. But I suspect that Jenson Button the former UK F1 hero would have done as good a job in that car. Having said that he did impress at Monaco, on the track, but cringeworthy off it.

dumpsterdiver
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dumpsterdiver

I’m telling RD1 what you said, Neg C! Graaccceee! GRAACCCEEE! NC is saying mean things about schamilton and macca! LOL j.k :) good post, and agreed on all points. Of course, IMO much of the blame also falls on the press for feeding him all this stuff that he believes in. The brit press, in particular, is so biased in favor of LH and against Alonzo; during the monaco itv feed they were interviewing Fred about the brake-checking incident and sheepishly admitted to him that they pointed the finger too quickly at him. You could see a little sadness in… Read more »

FFC
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FFC

The title of this one is laughable, but foolish is he who refuses to give Lewis his due. Perhaps someone can explain to me what “he needs to mature” means one day, but in the interim, I’m noticing he continues to rack up more race wins and points than drivers out there who are undoubtedly as mature as they’ll ever be. Is he better than Senna? Not at this point, and while he may never be, that in no way diminishes what he has or may yet accomplish. Compare his stats with the rest of the grid, and then reflect… Read more »

Negative Camber
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It is my opinion that his comments are immature. That isn’t the end of the world or worth saying he isn’t talented and couldn’t possibly beat every record on the book. That is a simple opinion of mine when I listen to him compare his drives to Senna and the rest of the greats. It is decorum and respect for those who have walked before you. To know that the generation before you deserves the respect they have earned and that earning it yourself will no doubt put you in good company. I hope Lewis does re-write history; I think… Read more »

Negative Camber
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This story just in: Their words, not mine but i think you get the point…Lewis needs a PR officer 24/7 to handle all his affairs so this type stuff isn’t out there for the media to feed on. Lewis Hamilton’s three girlfriends – PR gaffe? : – After bizarrely dangling from a stage wire in Turkey, Lewis Hamilton’s latest PR gaffe could be the multiple messages he is publicly sending out about his love life. First, the headlines exclaimed that the McLaren Formula One driver had invited Australian pop singer Dannii Minogue to Monaco, where on Sunday he won the… Read more »

Noddy93
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Noddy93

i terribly miss the old Pussycat Dolls… they were so much fun as a burlesque show. the last time i saw them was when they opened for Jane’s Addiction at the Warfield in SF. Of course Carmen Electra was the featured dancer for that show.