Lewis offers back-handed support for Vettel

With friends like Lewis, who needs enemas? There’s nothing like a good back-handed compliment and defense when you can get one…even if you didn’t ask for it. Grumpy Lewis has been in the paddock over the last fortnight and with a grumpy Lewis, you get comments such as this from Sky Sports F1:

“I think booing is just such a negative thing, especially when somebody has worked so hard to be successful. Nobody should ever be booed, or put down, for their success, no matter how easy or hard it has been for them to get to where they are.

“I saw a glimpse of him on the podium and I was happy for him. I tried to imagine what it would be like if I was winning races the way he is winning races. Me, I don’t want to be able to be that far ahead, I want to be able to fight with him or whoever. But this is the way it is, and it’s definitely not a positive thing to hear that he has been booed.

“He’s on his way to his fourth World Championship and he needs all the credit if he wins it.”

Sure, he wouldn’t like it if he were jeered but then again he wouldn’t want to win so easily and have the best car on the grid. The old, “Seb can only win from pole and has the best car so it’s really not his talent or skill that’s won three titles” argument we continue to hear.

Having the best car is part of the program in F1. Ascari, Fangio, Senna, Prost, Schumacher, and Mansell all jockeyed for position, paid for and scrambled to get the best seat and car on the grid. Lewis walked into a team that had one of the most competitive cars on the grid—as did Vettel although Sebastian toiled for a time in a Toro Rosso and made good work of that opportunity. No doubt Lewis would have also made quick work of the Toro Rosso too.

Getting on pole is part of the craft. Winning races is part of the craft. Being ruthless is part of it as well lest you forget Senna, Prost, Hunt, Lauda, Villeneuve, and Schumacher. They approached their craft for success regardless of other peripheral issues such as teammates etc. They were driven to win and some more willing to take risks than others.

That aggressive drive isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea, however, and I can certainly appreciate that as well. Lewis, however, is driven and aggressive when he needs to be. He’s not that much different than Vettel in his dedication, focus and drive to win at all costs. Both have made mistakes, fought their teammates and have been in the one of the best cars on the grid.

I believe Lewis would have little issue if Mercedes were to start dominating the sport with him at the wheel because he’s motivated to win titles and the best cars in the hands of drivers such as Hamilton usually do win titles…lots of them. So too does Vettel.

It’s all relative to be honest. If you were to ask the men and women toiling away all year long at Red Bull, they would tell you that there is nothing easy in what they or their drivers are doing. It takes massive effort to win as big as they are. Lewis knows this. He knows what it took for McLaren and what it is taking for Mercedes to win but It’s always fun to hear grumpy Lewis offer his back-handed complement once in a while. It makes for fun reading and a little pizazz in F1.

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