Posted 05 April 2009 - 01:28
I don't know what to think of this one.
McLaren did manipulate him, no doubt about it. A driver in his seat during a race, the final laps, hard conditions, exhausted, pace car, adrenaline up the roof, all he wants is to beat the guy in front, no matter what. You can't expect the driver to be 100% logical all the time, in such conditions.
In the radio conversations, you could hear how anxious Lewis was to get ahead of Trulli again, how he was pressing the team to get Charlie to clarify his position asap. He is a racer and this what racers do. So, I think in this event, Lewis, who is, after all, still a kid, was easily manipulated by someone who lacked both integrity and brains and Lewis paid with a DSQ as a result.
That said, I find the points in this GV article quite annoying. Again, GV is far from being liquid gold, so I don;t know if any of this is true. Two points bother me a bit:
1) Suddenly, with McLaren potentially facing a season like 2007 Renault or Honda, the Hamiltons are quick in pointing fingers at McLaren, at contract exit loopholes, at quitting F1 and the team..... Last 2 seasons they were all "winning together or losing together". what happened? is that true only when McLaren is the winning horse? Maybe I am just being cynical and it is only an unfortunate coincidence.
2) The little whiny part about " I am not dishonest".....grow up, Lewis, you are in F1, none of you bastards is pure and innocent, competitive as you all are, and, above all, so honest. You are, like most there, a man whose word has little value. You had team orders you had agreed upon, to alternate the lead on qual laps with your teamate and you stuffed Alonso in Hungary 2007, You showed you words is worth zip and you are not honest. Fernando retaliated and rightly so, but later lied about why he left the pit later than the team had planned. Another show of not honesty. It is F1, you all lie at one time or another, stop whining about your purity and go on with developing this that donkey of a car instead. Otherwise, if you keep whining about your honesty, sooner or later you will start sounding like....Ron Dennis and we all know how that one ended.....