Let’s blame Nico or radio ban for Lewis’s Baku blunder

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Let’s be clear straight up front, if you’ve listened to our podcast or read our website, it doesn’t take you long to figure out that I have always been a Ferrari fan and at the end of the day, sure, I like it when they do well but in my defense, I have always tried to approach Formula 1 teams and drivers with no bias. Sure, I have a soft spot for Ferrari but I love McLaren and their engineering brilliance and Sauber for their long, underdog life in F1 or Force India and what they achieve despite a fugitive owner and even Mercedes for their punishingly good form over the last three years. I do like them all, even Manor, Haas, Renault, Williams and Mr. Ecclestone.

Having said that, I am really starting to get rubbed the wrong way with the over the top Lewis Hamilton fanboy-ism of the press, F1, the international media and fans—not to mention the #TeamLH mobocracy on the internet.

When Lewis does well, you know it. He’s crowing about it as he should and feeling great. When he doesn’t do well, you know about it. He’s bemoaning all sorts of things and has the longest face on the grid and that’s perfectly fine by me. I would hope the driver I hired is emotionally engaged with his job and to me it’s perfectly normal for a driver to show joy, rage, frustration and disappointment. It’s all good, I’ve no issue with that and Lewis doesn’t either so we’re good.

What I do get a little salty over is the F1 press engaging in Lewis apologetics along with the team (Mercedes) and the fans in what I can only call a clear and obvious bias toward Lewis Hamilton at the expense of Nico Rosberg. I’m not English or German and I have no knife in the fight on who wins the title. I take both of them for the way they are. Nico and his too-polished PR sponsor speak which is as plain as it can be no matter what the situation and never having an opinion that deviates from what F1 is trying to promote whether he likes it or not. Lewis with his woe-is-me act and then false, forced and OTT elation and light-switch personality which is either on or off but rarely in between. Nico is the golden boy and Lewis the poor kid from a couch in Stevenage turned globe-trotting millionaire social media icon. Whatever, none of that bothers or sways me one way or another. That’s just who they are and that’s all part of their quirky personalities—we all have them.

No, it’s not the driver façade I’m speaking of, it is the outrageous talking points and attempted manipulation of the narrative after a race in which Lewis doesn’t do well. Take Baku for example.

Lewis had an engine setting that was wrong and so did Nico—we would find out from Niki Lauda after the race—and now that we knew both had the same issue, Toto Wolff had to try and walk it back a bit so as not to make Lewis look incompetent. He soft served the situation on Sky sports. F1 press were tweeting and sending out messages saying that actually Nico’s issue was self-inflicted and therefore cured quickly as he knew what he did but poor Lewis was put upon by the team as he did nothing and the car simply had the wrong setting and it would be nearly impossible to figure it out but that tenacious Lewis managed to get it done in the end. Whatever.

A few weeks ago, Spain to be exact, Nico had his Power Unit in the wrong engine setting and boy how he was the butt of everyone’s jokes with calls of idiocy and how he ruined Lewis’s race yadda, yadda, yadda. The #TeamLH was near meltdown over the situation online. Sky Sports had their video replays showing how Nico had the switch in the wrong position and then showed Lewis’s in the right position and commented that the driver really needs to get himself sorted with the right settings. Not this time, no…this time in Baku the complexity of the systems are so great and there is no way a driver can calculate the millions of permutations needed to correct such a complex machine and Nico caused his issue so it was easy to turn the knob back but poor Lewis’s car just decided to be in the wrong setting.

Then the immediate narrative was all focused on the radio ban and that is what Sky Sports asked every driver in the post-race interviews. Most of whom had no radio ban issues during the race that compromised their results and were surprised to be asked that question. Ricciardo was caught off guard as were most of the drivers. Sure, many of them don’t like it but Max Verstappen said you just need to do your homework…atta boy Max!!

So Lewis has an issue and Sky Sports sets about asking every driver a leading question about how draconian the radio ban is. Never mind it’s been this way since Australia and it’s the same for everyone. The race was rather boring so we needed a hot talking point and as Lewis did bad, we found the scapegoat…the radio ban!

The #TeamLH fans are calling conspiracy again as the team said Nico had the same setting issue just “like the BS brake issues he was supposed to have had like Lewis”. Seriously? The F1 press have doubled down now and ran stories in which Lewis says the radio ban is “Dangerous”. That’s right, dangerous as he was looking at his steering wheel too much at speed and not watching the road.

“Dangerous. I am just looking at my steering wheel for a large portion of the lap – all the way down the straight just looking at my wheel.

“All they can tell me is there is a switch error, wrong switch position, so I am looking at every single switch thinking, am I being an idiot here? Have I done something wrong? I hadn’t.

“I looked time and time again, going through all the different switch positions and there was nothing that looked irregular.”

So what did Lewis do to fix the problem?

“They said it will work itself out… and it did with eight laps to go,” he said. “I didn’t know what the problem was.

“I didn’t know if I had done anything to make the engine not work. The team started with something switched on, so I had it from the beginning.

“I disabled something and it didn’t change anything, I put it back on, it didn’t change anything. In the end I switched it off again, and the engine power came back 10 laps after that, my nine laps to go, so I turned the engine down after that.”

If you contrast that with what Nico Rosberg experienced:

“It wasn’t easy because of the clampdown on radio communication, so they couldn’t tell us specifically what it was,” explained Rosberg.

“But I felt the issue out on track with the engine being down on power, so I looked at my steering wheel and figured that ‘it must be that one, so take it off’ and it was working fine afterwards.”

When asked if it was obvious what he had to do, he said: “Not obvious at all. It was just, I had to think about it because I feel it.

“They said it was a problem with the mode you are in, but which mode? There are so many modes. So I thought about it and figured that that was the one. [It was] just putting together the feeling and what they [the switches] do.”

Nico realized what it was and Lewis wasn’t sure. Seems pretty straightforward to me but not for the press. You see, I am starting to feel patronized and if I really listen to conspiracy theorists, I get the sense that F1, Mercedes and Lewis don’t like it when he isn’t winning. He’s the hottest ticket in F1 and the biggest profile outside of F1 and they like that for the brand Mercedes and the brand F1. I understand that and it does carry weight but in the end, it carries little weight when you treat other drivers without parity, equity and integrity.

Unfortunately for you, dear reader, I don’t think Lewis is bigger than F1. I don’t think any driver is nor, for that fact, is any team—except maybe Ferrari but then you’d expect me to say that right? I like Lewis as a driver a lot. Love his aggression and that’s what I like when Nico shows that side of himself but when he does it, it’s cry foul time. It’s unfair, dangerous, race-ending for Lewis and not good for the sport. I find that notion very base behavior.

I understand the importance of owning the message and setting the narrative in this day of online media but if this is the way we’re going to go, then bring on Max Verstappen because I’m growing weary of blaming Nico each time he gets aggressive or Lewis has a bad day. What’s one of the first videos Sky Sports posts after the race? Not the podium ceremony but a video of when Nico Rosberg pulled his headset connector out of his race suit and it popped out and hit him in the eye. Guffaw!! Hardy har! What a dope! That’s downright rude folks.

Nico doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment regardless of how nice or cool he is to the press. Nico solved his issue in Baku because he kind of caused it or switched something out of pure luck but poor Lewis was flummoxed and no human could have solved that and that’s why the evil entity for Baku was this draconian, dangerous, outrageous radio ban! Seriously? You’re the people that wanted the radio ban in the first place because you were bemoaning the fact that the drivers were being too coached every lap.

Before you accuse me of being a big Nico fan, that’s not the case. If pressed, I happen to like Ricciardo, Vettel, Perez, Button, Alonso, Max, Wehrlein, and Ericsson (admittedly just to get under Paul Charsley’s skin) quite a bit. Nico is a really good driver and so too is Lewis. I have no dog in the hunt here but I can clearly see it for what it is and if I were Nico, I wouldn’t renew my contract at Mercedes. I would go to Ferrari, McLaren, Renault or Williams if possible.

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Rapierman
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Rapierman

…or we can all admit that Hamilton is just as human as the rest of us.

Andreas
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Andreas

…which was exactly what Damon Hill said about all of this. It just shows he’s human.

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

That’s anti-Lewis nonsense. Hamilton is waaaay more human than the rest of you lot. #TeamLH! #TeamLH! #TeamLH!

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Not so fast, dude. I’ve got him on my fantasy team. ;-)

ETM
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ETM

It’s called cognitive dissonance. They think Lewis really is infallible therefore they have to find a scapegoat excuse in order to maintain their belief.

Negative Camber
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Could be but unless they watched a different career than I did, Lewis is very fallible indeed. Just like all the other drivers. His weekend unraveled on Saturday showing that he is capable of making mistakes but immediately the press were offering up the sun as the culprit in his clouting the wall. It couldn’t be that he simply misjudged the apex which is what happened.

Clayton Brown
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Clayton Brown

I thought his qualifying was pretty mistake-filled. I counted at least 5 tire lock-ups. Just not his weekend.

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Fast Freddy

So basically you are sayting the press shouldn’t take sides. I agree.

Negative Camber
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In a sense, yes. I understand that they, like me, have favorites etc but when I view a race, I try to look at it from a standpoint that slagging off Lewis as a dolt because he couldn’t figure his setting out is really crass, wrong and bone-headed of me (which people did to Nico in Spain). I don’t know everything that was going on, only Merc does, so it would be wrong. I also think blaming the radio ban or suggesting that Nico caused his own issue and making apologies for why Lewis couldn’t get it sorted is using… Read more »

Clayton Brown
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Clayton Brown

And I might add, the over-the-top fanatic support kind of makes me (personally) like him a little less. He seems like a cool guy, great racer – yet, I’m so tired of hearing about how nothing is his fault and the world is out to get him … that I kind of take it out on him. I can’t help but think he endorses this behavior. He could speak up.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Well Tod (aka Neggy C), you’ve found the way to increase the volume of traffic to F1B, but at some risk to the standard of comments (mostly my drivel, sorry).
Who knew that pointing out bias was such strong evidence of an opposite bias?
Well its good to see that your evident Nico-mania has been clearly exposed.
Shame on you trying to pretend that you respect all the drivers, and teams

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Do you think of Sky F1 as ‘the press’? In my mind, the role of ‘the press’ (mainstream journalists) would be straight up and unbiased reporting of the events of an F1 race. What I’d like to have is TV F1 coverage the special interest motorsports journalists (basically F1B, or Motorsport magazine TV), that could give balanced coverage of races as well as insight into the technical, organisational, financial and political aspects of the whole of F1, Teams, Engineers, the FIA, FOM, circuit owners, etc etc. Instead we get ‘Nationalistic tabloid journalism’ possibly the lowest common denominator of all. Tod,… Read more »

Sophia Aragon
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Sophia Aragon

This is the F1 we were forced to buy in ’07. Since then, nothing but heroes and zeroes. F1 is another TV drama not a competition.

bobmendon
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bobmendon

Nico would make a good partner for Vettel.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Yep, it would be good to see two German drivers in the Mercedes next year ;-)

MIE
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I still think of Rosberg as Finnish…

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Or a Monacan?
Perhaps this year he will be truly Finish, because as they used to say in Rallying ‘to finish first, first you must be Finish’ :-)

jcn115
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jcn115

NC, totally agree with your post. I love the SkyF1 broadcast because their coverage is second to none, but it gets in my nerves Lewis love fest. I get it, it is a British broadcaster and Lewis is British, but last year every commentator at SkyF1 was critical with the amount of communication between the driver and pitwall which made the drivers more like monkeys hitting switches. Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and company wanted to limit the communications and make it more the driver than the engineer telling the driver. They got what they wanted and now that the radio… Read more »

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

To be fair, the SkyF1 commentators didn’t get what they wanted. They got a whole lot more than they bargained for. As usual F1 went about solving the problem by solving other problems that didn’t need to be solved. Or something.

Negative Camber
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this issue in Baku over De-Rate Gate will probably get a new regulation regarding fuel flow or a demand for longer white lines on pit entry…problem solved. ;)

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

Now, now, let’s be a little realistic, NC. Clearly this calls for Digital Pit Boards to allow longer messages to be communicated without the use of radio (which, let’s face it, is an obsolete technology). They’ll have to made of carbon fiber components to keep the weight down, and require bespoke AI programming, so each one will probably cost a few million to develop. And they’ll tweak the regs each year to ensure a DPB development war.

jiji the cat
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jiji the cat

Couldn’t agree more.

Shaolin
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Shaolin

Guys, you are listening /reading the English speaking media, you do realize it is all British based, and hardly a surprise they lean heavily to the British champion. I remember when I lived in Spain you would have though Fernando was the only driver in the race. It is a waste of energy to complain about something that is obviously going to be the case. If it really bothers, you could try finding media sources that are not British in origin. OtherwiseOtherwise, realize why this happens, and just filter this out. Just like when you watch fox news, you know… Read more »

Roger Flerity
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Roger Flerity

Fox is biased? I’m SHOCKED I tell you, SHOCKED!

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

They maybe English speaking and UK based, but SKY F1 coverage is shown internationally (and even here in New Zealand where people could care less about Poms).
I’m sick of their Hamilton biased coverage.
There are 11 teams, 22 drivers, probably over 6000 people involved in the teams.
There should be such a rich variety of stories to cover from amongst that, and we get increasingly simple minded sycophantic rubbish, its hardly worth the money.
Time for a trip to the Sky F1 website to moan at them, most of the F1B community already get it.

J Jones
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J Jones

Pretty much the same here Jako, we ‘pom’s’ don’t really give a monkeys about people in the New Zealand either, so it kinda evens itself out doesn’t it :-) have a great day.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

And also according to Wikipedia, while in NZ, Aussie, and S.A, ‘pom’ is used as a ‘playful or affectionate term’, some British people regard it as ‘offensive’.
Looks like they got that right, ae Mr Jones ;-)

J Jones
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J Jones

Well not really Jako that’s why I said ‘have a great day’, or didn’t you see that?

MIE
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Isn’t it POHM (Prisoner Of His/Her Majesty) & not POM?

Sorry.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Cheers MIE,
According to Wikipedia, neither that nor ‘Prisoner of Mother England’. Apparently the nickname comes from the Aussies, because ‘peely wally’ imports turned as red a pomegranates in the sun.
Living and learning :-)

Roger Flerity
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Roger Flerity

Good points. The myth of an impartial press only really applies to…. well, nothing actually. Political press has always been skewed and driven by hidden agendas. Motor sports press is frequently tainted by nationalist loyalties that manifest in F1 as the elevation of British drivers and denigration of German drivers. It is what it is, as you note.

Dennis Williams
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Dennis Williams

I honestly do not believe Lewis is anything special. He seems to shine when he is in the best car, but seems to be very mediocre if he needs to pull out anything special to get the job done. He certainly isn’t up there with the greats in my very humble opinion, but then again I was around to watch the golden era of the 80s and 90s. F1 has been steadily declining ever since.

Tim C.
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Tim C.

Brilliant post NC . . . brilliant! This is the type of item that really makes me question why I continue to watch F1. In some ways this reminds me of the politicians in Washington DC and how they act . . . making excuses and never taking responsibility.

Sid
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Sid

Totally agreed. It wasn’t just the race. Right after Qualy, Sky sports commentators were adamant that it was the Sun blinding his eyes that caused poor Lewis to crash. They even slowed it down on Skypad to show how the Sun caught his face right at the wrong time! OMG the sun is the same for everyone. It isn’t gonna selectively blind Lewis and hide behind a cloud when everyone else passes. The sheer amount of fanaticism shown towards Lewis both baffles and annoys me in equal measure. Word of note, don’t set foot on the Mercedes F1 facebook page… Read more »

meine
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meine

Totally agree. Lewis just was nog good enough on this new track.

Martin Brundle once said they try to be impartial, but they are far from impartial where Lewis is concerned.

And Johnny Herbert I cannot take seriously with his superfluous interviews and not thought through opinions (see his opinion that Alonso is not motivated anymore and should retire, an opinion even Martin Brundle rejected on air).

McSerb
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McSerb

Ferrari fan ? Strange, because one would conclude this was written by a Rosberg fan or Hamilton hater. Definitely not by someone who is neutral on the matter. Negative Camber “does not believe in conspiracy theories” but writes : “I have no dog in the hunt here but I can clearly see it for what it is and if I were Nico, I wouldn’t renew my contract at Mercedes. I would go to Ferrari, McLaren, Renault or Williams if possible.” Poor job at covering your true colors and a lot worse advice to Rosberg (as a McLaren fan I should… Read more »

jcn115
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jcn115

Let me guess, you are a Lewis fan

Tim C
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Tim C

Me thinks this response may have crossed the “decorum & civility” line. No more personal attacks please.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Are you new to F1B?
Check out the 470+ podcasts if you’re in any doubt where Negative Camber’s loyalties lie, or if you doubt the honesty of his opinion.
Better yet, just go to a Hamilton fanboy site you’ll find it more to your tastes.

Negative Camber
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I really like when new folks stop by the site or start listening to the podcast but when new folks stop by and accuse me of lying, well, that’s the kind of folks that can redouble their efforts to not stop by. You don’t know me, have no idea what my likes and dislikes are and I assume you haven’t listened to any of the podcasts since 2005. If you had, you would understand that I am not lying nor am i a big Nico fanboy. It takes a certain amount of self righteousness to come into someones website, present… Read more »

McSerb
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McSerb

YOUR website ? Oooops, sorry for invading. All right then, knock yourself out. As for the rest you would do well to read your article again, read my comment on it, look up the definition of consistency and if you still see no reason for my reaction then visit a good shrink. Any Ferrari fan who loves McLaren should make those visits on a weekly basis. Good bye.

Negative Camber
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Ah, you maintain that one cannot be a Ferrari fan and like McLaren and that’s the premise of your insinuating I am in need of professional help? Seriously? I doubt I am alone in being able to like both teams or many teams on the grid. I’ve worked with a few of them and like many of them. All good folks trying very hard.

Roggie
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Roggie

Try actually reading more than one article on a site, because you do not look very intelligent right now.

Richard Piers
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Richard Piers

Ooooh you do go on a bit. Lewis is an exceptional driver and on his day faster than anyone but his ego seems to need rather a lot of massaging. Wolff is prepared to do it, Lauda not. Most of us old codgers think his lifestyle with it’s here today gone tomorrow celebrity chums is a negative factor and I believe his poor form at the end of last year and the start of this were the result. He then got two good wins though with a bit of luck thrown in and we get to Baku. His driving on… Read more »

Negative Camber
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I may but that’s a relatively long post yourself there mate. :) Of course I like it when you leave long posts but that’s just, I like long-form content. :)

Floydo
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Floydo

Try being an Aussie thats forced to pay for the privilage to watch F1 then have to put up with a bunch of whinging poms commentating on poor LH when it turns to sh1t? Man we have no choice since pay tv got the rights and free to air got shafted

J Jones
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J Jones

You call us whinging ‘poms’, but your whole post is one big whine fest! pot and kettle springs to mind. Also you have to pay to view in the UK, if you want to see the whole F1 season as well.

Negative Camber
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And apparently pay quite a bit too. :)

Derek Andrews
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Derek Andrews

Fully agree with the your post Merc. and the British media always making out its not Lewis fault they try to make him untouchable fully agree hes a great driver but we have had plenty of those and they did not whinge as much as Lewis. I think the cars are to technical they should cut the steering wheel to just a few switches and a lot less modes the teams are making it very complicated why bother having a driver

surveyortom
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surveyortom

It’s hard for me to stomach the fanboyism you describe, too. I cant even watch the British coverage because of it. Seems more suited to the Olympic Games than to F1, but I wonder if that’s because there is no ongoing tradition of having national heroes to idolize in the sport – Andretti was a long time ago. Aside from the tabloid drama of it all, and all of the hand wringing I’ve the radio ban. It seems to me the obvious problem is that there are settings on the wheel at all – THAT is what should be banned.… Read more »

Andreas
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Andreas

Sky is a British production, and will at times be less than 100% objective (putting it mildly), in much the same way as if you listen to Swedish media, Marcus Ericsson is a superb driver who hardly ever makes mistakes and will be driving for Williams next year :) So they will always have a special focus on British drivers in general, and Lewis in particular. I agree that they seemed a bit too focused on the radio restrictions – as was BBC radio, it should be added. As many of the drivers who were asked about it said –… Read more »

Carl
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Carl

This is not news and is not by chance – British media/companies/journos/bloggers make huge amounts of money, by selling services and merchandise, when there is a British driver that many Brits (and their kids) identify with and admire. They stand to loose all that, and return on already made investments, if it appears that the legend/exceptional talent/hero driver image of HAM may NOT be, let’s say, very accurate. So not surprising that they work very hard to maintain that image. The only disturbing thing is the actual amount of work they indeed feel they need to put in…Sometimes it gets… Read more »

Negative Camber
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just to be clear, it’s not just the British media as NBC is weighted to the marketable superstar as well. That’s fine, I get it, but they run vignettes on Lewis and really heap a lot of praise on him…except for steve Matchett. I think he’s a bit different in his approach having worked with so many drivers and being a team guy. Again, nothing wrong if Leigh or David really like Lewis and talk about him a lot, he’s a terrific talent to be sure. But like Sky, if they started making excuses, justifications and apologies for him, that’s… Read more »

Samouri
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Samouri

There is no question that Steve Matchett doesn’t heap praise on Lewis, but has a strong dislike imo of.Hamilton, which he laid bare during the 2011 Korean GP. Lewis asked the pit wall while he was negotiating a turn and said, ” Don’t talk to me while I’m racing.” Matchett immediate response in a very ominous tone was…..” Hamilton again being frustrated with his team.” as it that was the first time that he had heard any driver make such a request. I have heard Kimi make the same request of the pit wall, and Matchett response to Raikkonen was… Read more »

Shaolin
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Shaolin

Alonso sure did get that support in the Spanish press, not that I think it’s a good thing, just a reality.
As for NBC, how many of that production team are Brits, and use British sources for most of what they do?
Anyway, here is the real reason Lewis had a bad weekend he was distracted.

F1 champ Lewis Hamilton quick off the mark to bag Justin Bieber’s ex Barbara Palvin

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Mike

Okay, this might be the only reason i am glad I DON’T get Sky here in the USA as yet…I think i would get a bit frustrated at the uneven perspectives being greater than even NBCSN’s at times A Lewis/Ferrari/Sauber/McLaren fan (not a typo that Mclaren was after Sauber right now) forever, I think the handstands that Mercedes goes through to decry F1-industry issues highlighted by something Lewis is connected to or issues he has has become over the top. Even for a Lewis fan. There has to be something behind this. Sure, he is the star with 3 WDC’s… Read more »

Lee Ferrell
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Lee Ferrell

I’ve had a couple differences of opinion that I’ve posted on the forums about some of the things you’ve said on your podcast… That said however, I literally was almost screaming every word to my poor wife after watching the sky broadcast….arrrghh.

It’s somewhat there in all regions that broadcast but u go to sky and watch any driver that’s British and u get more excuses than you can count for their drivers.

Great opinion piece!

Negative Camber
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I’m no delphic oracle Lee so disagree all you like, just do it with decorum & civility. :) And again, like every time I am pointing out something Lewis did, I have to say a thousand times that I like Lewis, I think he’s an awesome driver. People just can’t understand how I would think he’s awesome and then be critical of him. Guess that’s the world we live in these days. sad. I liked Schumacher a lot and thought Rascasse was BS. There, I said it. See? That’s not hard.

Lee Ferrell
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Lee Ferrell

Only pointing out the British media not LH. Also, I kinda feel that many places focus on the “lighter” stories on purpose. As for the decorum and civility, I completely agree with it however, it feels at times like it serves to lower the tone of the conversation too much but I suppose that’s the price we must pay. Just my opinion of course and I’m not suggesting we all arm our selves. Quite frankly I’m just applauding your FIRM stance here. I feel we need a lot more of it because too many articles focus on pure rumors and… Read more »

Rodimus
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Rodimus

Lol…This article claims not to be biased, but is actaully very biased against LH. Mercddes even admitted it was there fault ““It was our fault. We had incorrectly calibrated the maps.”

Senior engineer Andy Shovlin confirmed: “Even we needed a couple of laps to understand what was going on and how to resolve it.” Yet negative camber claims that nico is treated unfairly when he clearly screws up with his questionable racecraft an poor decision making.
Your bias is duly noted.

Clayton Brown
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Clayton Brown

I think you missed the whole point. I think people who aren’t members of the Hamilton boy-band fan club can step back and say that Lewis is one of the best drivers in the world. But the media seem to think he’s flawless. That’s it. If he doesn’t win – well there must be a reason. I think Lewis embarrassed himself during qualifying. He was faster than Nico on this circuit – but very inconsistent. He locked up his brakes at least 5 times during qualifying. So, all I’m saying is, a sane, rational person can take a step back… Read more »

Negative Camber
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I agree with Clayton, I think you missed my point. IF you feel I am biased because I may be critical of Lewis, then the real bias is clear. I’m glad I made you laugh out loud though, that’s something. Paddy Lowe was pretty specific on what it was and how each driver handled it. I’ll take Paddy’s word for it.

Rodimus
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Rodimus

you’re both biased as you clearly leave out specific/key info to fuel your bias. for e.g. it is not mentioned that mercedes had change the setup of the car which comprmised his qualifying on saturday

Negative Camber
Guest

they made changes to both cars, mate. Also, this is an editorial piece, you caught that right? It is, by definition, an opinion piece. ;)

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Mike

True, but that was the same thing that Nico went through at other times. For me, if that is a part of F1 racing across the board now, then all is fair in F1 love and war. If a team falls short in communicating a strategy or a setting and the driver has to figure out and fix a issue, its the same as a team having to rework a race strategy based on drivers mistake. Either way, i think that the team of driver + team wins or falls together.

MIE
Editor

Hamilton stated that he made a mistake in changing the setup of the car on Saturday. I would be very surprised if any team changed the car setup against their driver’s wishes, or without his knowledge.

Zirak Khan
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Zirak Khan

This is an excellent post. Finally, some non-biased news. Huge respect is gained for you ‘Negative Camber’. Thank you for highlighting all my thoughts, I wish there more people like you in the media, putting neutral perspective into play and for once stop thinking Lewis is some sort of F1 God. Please appreciate the others. It is AWFUL being a Brit, and having to watch English Biased Channels like Sky F1 & Channel 4, only ever talking about Lewis, and never appreciating what a great job Nico has done. Wish there were some neutral channels, its honestly awful. Again, hats… Read more »

Negative Camber
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That’s very kind of you to say and I do think Lewis is really good, he’s a triple champ, but I think others are too. I really can appreciate the UK’s love of Lewis and that’s perfectly understandable but when the press start making more excuses and justifications for Lewis’s trouble in a race than even the team, you know something is lopsided.

News Play F1
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Good one!

MIE
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Back in the early 1980s when if we were lucky John Watson may win a GP, the coverage on the BBC would start with Murray Walker going through the top six qualifiers followed by where the British drivers qualified. The race commentary would follow on similar lines, periodic updates on where the Brita were running (or when they retired). Now with much more comprehensive coverage, this isn’t really necessary, and for Button and Palmer it certainly isn’t implemented. Yet for some reason the story always seems to be told from Hamilton’s standpoint. OK when he is leading the race, or… Read more »

Schmorbraten
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Schmorbraten

I have no intimate knowledge of the cars’ faults and whether they were exactly the same etc., but if even the team has to admit it was basically the same problem … why does no one dare to say that Nico may just that bit smarter than Lewis? Why should that be a problem, to say that Nico may just be more of a techy guy than Lewis? After all, no one shies away from calling Lewis more talented than Nico when it comes to on-track battles or the instinctiveness of Lewis’ driving talent, their family backgrounds etc.. Anyway, Todd,… Read more »

Negative Camber
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I don’t’ think it is really down to who is smarter, I think Lewis’s issue was the same but it was a different circumstance due to the time he was in the setting and Nico wasn’t. Dunno and Merc is really tight-lipped about it because it’s their secret sauce. Fair enough but the press were making more excuses than the team were and I find that really odd.

UAN
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UAN

I don’t think it’s really a case of Nico being smarter than Lewis. In this case, Nico was just more calm. Lewis tends to melt down a bit at times and it certainly prevented him from really diagnosing the problem he was having.

ShocksAndAwe
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ShocksAndAwe

I’m waiting for the radio message, a la Rob Smedley: “Nico is smarter, than, you. Can you confirm you understood that message? [Or do you need us to spell it out for you?]” I get where you’re coming from NC, and part of me agrees. But another part of me loves all of it. I was saying to my wife yesterday (after she again quipped “Didn’t they just go around that corner?” because she thinks watching people drive around in a circle is silly). Anyway, I was saying how I get at least 50% of my entertainment from the circus,… Read more »

Copyshop attendant
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Copyshop attendant

Hey Todd, couldn’t agree more. I’d just like to throw in a (probably silly) question . Couldn’t they have used the pitboard to signal the solution to the driver?

Negative Camber
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I think I read that they couldn’t.

MIE
Editor

Given where the pits were on this track, drivers would have to read a message in 4″ high text while passing at 225 mph. Even if they were allowed to do so, it may not be the best way of passing information.

92gsr
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92gsr

Lewis is an exciting driver, he goes for it when he sees a remote chance. The current RedBull drivers are the same. This is his 10th season in F1 and like it or not, broadcasters tend to feature him because he brings the action. When you combine these qualities with his Anglo-African heritage it means ALL English speaking networks focus on him. I don’t have a creepy love affair with drivers like some people do. I see them like spark plugs, they all get changed eventually. I enjoy their performances and that’s it. I do however, want to see the… Read more »

robertchatman
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robertchatman

If i were u i would stop listening to the Brits they rally like Lewis and they are not going to change. This radio thing problem was brought up before the ban was approved. They all new it was coming. Lewis was not the only one Kimi tried to get info to solve his ERS problem as well and got no help and F bombed his engineers as well. it wasn’t that NICO was Smarter or new more than Lewis it was Nico had his problem in a diferent mode than Lewis when he switched to fuel saving with his… Read more »

Negative Camber
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Then let me add a few more lines. In 2007 when Lewis came in to the sport, I thought this young man was very talented and had a bright future in F1. What I got was the press claiming he was the guy who was going to beat Schumacher in total titles and break all the records. Keep in mind, he hadn’t won a race yet let alone a title. It was prolific and constant. I would have the same negative reaction if they did that with the Plucky Teen and I like Max a lot but this OTT praise… Read more »

Magnus
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Magnus

Wouw, Great article, exactly what I’ve been thinking!

Not really a fan of rosberg, but you kind of want to defend him when you hear and read how biased some medias handle Nico/Lewis infights.

Go Kevin Magnussen!

F1 Fan
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F1 Fan

Its really tough to digest your point. You’re raging against bias, but your article is just oozing with anti Hamilton bias. The problem here is you’re fighting the facts presented by the team, journalists, and reporters in paddock because they are inconvenient for you. You wants us to see Hamilton a certain way but the facts don’t back you up. As for the coverage that Hamilton gets, deal with it! He’s a multiple champion, says things that polarize fans and airs his off track activities for the world to see. The press is not going to ignore him. He sells… Read more »

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Matthew Cronin
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Matthew Cronin

Didn’t Schumi win a race years back with a car that wouldn’t come out of fifth gear. Interlagos?? Can’t remember.
Bet the outcome had something to do with his driving ability…maybe?…yep.
He won the race because he was better…in a worse car

MIE
Editor

Barcelona 1994 his Benetton was stuck in fifth gear but he managed to disguise the issue and could maintain second place. Hill won an important race to help Williams to recover from the loss of its lead driver two races earlier.

Wayne Rentoul
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Wayne Rentoul

Great editorial NC! This is echos my feelings exactly. I too have my favorite drivers but am happy to give credit where credit us due for an awesome drive. I think all the hype and fanboyism around Lewis takes something away from his better performances, and I find myself wanting anyone but Lewis to win… On the whole Nico vs Lewis thing, to me it’s simple, Nico is doing the work. He is at the factory, at testing, putting in the hard yards to earn his championship… Maybe if Lewis spent more time at the factory “doing his homework”, and… Read more »