You may recall our mentioning the comment that Lewis Hamilton had regarding Fernando Alonso’s qualifying performance for the Indy 500:
I took a look at the qualifying results. Fernando, in his first qualifying, came fifth. Does that say something about (the level) of Indy Car? Great drivers, if they can’t succeed in Formula One, look for titles in other races, but to see him come fifth against drivers who do this all year round is…interesting.
Lewis’s comment not only marginalized Alonso’s performance—he went on the have a brilliant race and led 27 laps before his engine broke—but he also insulted the entire Indycar grid.
It’s often been said that every sport needs its villain and in the case of Lewis Hamilton fans, that has been Vettel, Rosberg and even Alonso. To be honest, it’s comments like these that have me wondering if Lewis isn’t going from social media charmer and hero of the paddock to salacious bad guy. Once the scorn of Hamilton fans, Alonso endeared himself to millions of Americans…a role usually occupied by Hamilton.
If you’re an Indycar fan, then you’ll also know the love America has for Helio Castroneves as well as Tony Kanaan. The crowds went crazy when Helio took the lead last Sunday and any time TK is in the lead, they love it. The winner, Takuma Sato, also had a huge welcoming to the winner’s circle by American fans. However, it is TK who took issue with Hamilton’s comment and absolutely drop-kicked him in the process.
“What can I say,” Kanaan told Brazilian media outlet, GLOBO. “The guy (Hamilton) competed in a two-car world championship last year and was second, so I don’t think he can say much. It was a pleasure to have Fernando here. He is humble, not like some of his colleagues who were making comments this month.”
Hat Tip: Globo