If you were one of the Formula 1 fans who were thinking, “wow, Nico is losing it under the pressure and throwing the toys from the pram like a petulant child” over the cap spat in Austin at the USGP last year, then perhaps this might have you chuckling on the other side of the aisle.
According to Mercedes non-executive chairman, Niki Lauda, Lewis Hamilton’s recent revelation about how well he and Nico are getting along was a lie. Not only that but that Lewis destroyed his driver room in the Mercedes suite in Baku:
“Lewis lied about that,” Lauda said on Servus TV. “Simple as that. He just said something. He wanted to be the softener in order to have his peace last weekend.
“He does what he can. The fight gets hotter the longer Nico is in front.”
Lauda said that Hamilton had a bit of a temper tantrum in Baku in which he “destroyed” his driver room.
“He did it because he crashed,” the Lauda said. “He’ll have to pay for it, you can count on that.
“He told me I couldn’t come in because he was going to destroy everything. This is how it was.”
Clearly the cap spat was a tangible sign that Nico had reached his boiling point with Lewis after being punted at turn one in the race and losing the title but obviously Nico’s lead is getting to Lewis but it must be said, you haven’t seen much of his frustration in public yet…until now.
Something tells me that Mercedes and Toto Wolff won’t be happy that Niki shared that with the world and I have a hunch this will not reflect on Lewis but garner a lot of vitriol for Lauda at the thumbs of the #TeamLH mobocracy on Twitter. That’s how they roll. I defended Lewis this weekend in Austria and still got messages of hate claiming I didn’t defend him enough…uh, ok.
It’s an interesting time to start airing dirty laundry of Lewis’s on Niki’s part to be honest. The team are not happy with the Spanish Grand Prix nor were they happy with Austria. They are on the brink of calling team orders and even Sir Jackie Stewart says they should have. If you’re Nico, though, don’t you play this up a bit? If you’re Lewis, you’ll play it down but for Nico, he knows Hamilton will most likely be facing a engine change penalty and perhaps he could hire a maid to show up at the motorhome to clean up after Lewis. I JEST!
Nice to see Lewis channeling his inner Keith Moon though. Maybe Lewis could have the Who logo on his helmet in Silverstone and laugh it off. If he’s frustrated, he’s actually done a decent job of composing himself publicly. On the flip side, Niki has sure added to the drama and “show”.
Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1