What’s gone wrong for Lewis Hamilton in 2011?

2011 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Hamilton's tough 2011 season continued in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton has rarely had a season without the odd controversial collision and a few trips to see the stewards.

But this year there have been too many gaffes and too few of the top-drawer drives he is usually remembered for.

What’s gone wrong for the McLaren driver this year?

Management

Hamilton’s father and former manager Anthony expressed a clear view about the root of his son’s problems in the aftermath of the Singapore race:

“You look up and down the pit lane and every driver, except for Lewis [Hamilton], has a driver-manager in his life, not people from a company.

“I am sure his management are very good ?ǣ I don?t know ?ǣ but Formula 1 drivers need people personally involved in the driver?s life because it is a big pressure. They have got to be here and I don?t think you can do the job by sending someone else.”

The elder Hamilton obviously has a vested interest in making such remarks. But we shouldn’t be quick to dismiss them – Hamilton enjoyed his greatest successes in Formula 1 under his father’s management.

Paul di Resta, Force India, Singapore, 2011

Anthony Hamilton now manages Paul di Resta

And his father’s new young charge, Paul di Resta, is clearly thriving, finished one place behind Hamilton in Singapore.

Hamilton is not the only driver without a conventional F1 management team. Sebastian Vettel doesn’t have one at all, and it clearly isn’t holding him back.

But you have to wonder why Hamilton specifically chose an entertainment company to represent him.

Hamilton has defended his right to pursue interests outside of Formula 1. Even so, it seems they are a more consuming part of his life than they are for his rivals at the sharp end of the grid.

Nor can it be said that his closest advisors have helped him handle his recent problems well: recall his notorious outburst at Monaco and his vanishing act last Sunday having failed to given an account of his latest blunder.

Button

Jenson Button, McLaren, Montreal, 2011

Button celebrates victory in Canada

When Jenson Button joined McLaren at the beginning of last year, the widely-held view was that he was risking his reputation by joining ‘Hamilton’s team’.

Hamilton has never finished behind a team mate in the world championship. But Button has beaten him in all of the last four races. With five rounds to go he is 17 points ahead – a gap that would be far greater without his car problems in Britain and Germany.

Of course, Hamilton is no stranger to having a top-line driver in the other car. His F1 reputation was built on that stunning debut season alongside Fernando Alonso.

But while Hamilton has Button out-classed on Saturdays (10-4 this year, 13-6 last year), in the races it is increasingly a different matter.

As was expected before the season began, Button has usually been able to coax more life out of Pirelli’s soft rubber than Hamilton. This has clearly helped him in some races this year.

But there’s more to it than that. Like Hamilton, Button has had to make his way through the field at times this year, and has done so without falling into the traps his team mate has.

Mistakes

Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Montreal, 2011

Button benefits as Hamilton hits Webber in Montreal

Whatever problem Hamilton is having, the result is a growing number of costly mistakes that have ruined his season.

While Button’s two retirements this year were caused by car problems, Hamilton’s were the result of crashes.

In Canada, a race he could have won, he had two collisions in the space of four laps – one with Mark Webber followed by terminal contact with his team mate. He was also in the hunt for victory at Spa before colliding with Kamui Kobayashi.

On top of that are the detail mistakes: the wrong tyres and the spin in Hungary, not putting a banker lap in during qualifying in Monaco and so on.

The result has been five race penalties, more than any other driver. He’s been punished for weaving in Malaysia (having been warned over exactly the same thing last year), two collisions in Monaco and another in Singapore, and that hasty spin-turn on the racing line in Hungary.

Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Singapore, 2011

Hamilton hit Massa in Singapore

Some have chosen to see this as evidence of the stewards being unduly harsh on Hamilton. I don’t buy that.

Yes, the decision three years ago to strip him of his deserved victory at Spa-Francorchamps was plain wrong and I said as much at the time. But in almost every other instance he’s deserved a penalty.

These kind of mistakes are not a new feature in Hamilton’s driving. Even in his championship year he had that notorious collision with Kimi R??ikk??nen in the Montreal pit lane, and copped another penalty in the following race by going off the track while passing Sebastian Vettel.

Completing this study of Hamilton’s F1 career in microcosm, the next race was the washout in Silverstone where he pole-axed the opposition, crossing the finishing line a minute before anyone else.

But of late the costly mistakes have far outweighed the command performances. Both his wins this year – in China and Germany – were from the top drawer. Those aside, there’s been little for Hamilton to cherish in 2011.

A single answer?

When trying to work out what’s going wrong between a driver’s brain and the steering wheel, it’s tempting to fall for single-line explanations: ‘his team mate’s rattled his cage’, ‘he can’t make the tyres work’.

The heart of the matter is rarely that simple or convenient. And there’s always much more going on beneath the surface than the glimpses on show at a race weekend.

At the end of last year Hamilton spoke of looking forward to a better season having put problems in his personal life behind him. Whatever he’s changed it doesn’t seem to have had the desired effect.

There are enough worrying signs around Hamilton to conclude that something fundamental is amiss here. Are we looking at a driver whose team mate is putting him under pressure, who can’t make his racing car behave the way he wants it to – and perhaps doesn’t care about it quite as much as he should?

Whatever the root of the problem is, it threatens to turn the career of a driver who produced one of the greatest rookie performances ever seen, into a case study in squandered potential.

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245 comments on What’s gone wrong for Lewis Hamilton in 2011?

  1. dnairb001 (@dnairb001) said on 28th September 2011, 13:02

    He is desperate to challenge for race wins in a car that is still slightly off the pace of the class leading Red Bulls. Because the car is off the pace he’s trying to push that little bit harder to make up for the performance difference.

    It’s ok people saying you can’t win a race at the first corner or that there are plenty of laps to go, yes that is true but when the leaders are pulling away at a second a lap you don’t want to be stuck behind slower cars for any length of time as that will only add to any frustration. The further ahead the leaders get the harder Lewis feels he has to push to catch them or keep up.

    Lewis is a racer and has never denied that, he often states he’s in racing to win or challenge for wins, not make up the numbers like some of the drivers in F1 appear to demonstrate. He started in F1 in a top car and since winning the title his car has been behind the competition. If McLaren can give him a competitive car at the start of the season that will enable him to regularly challenge for pole then I believe we’ll see a different Lewis Hamilton.

    • Becken Lima (@becken-lima) said on 28th September 2011, 15:04

      Finally a well balanced comment and wich is worth the read.

    • Totally agree.

      Exactly the same as Alonso making mistakes (not normally seen) in the 1st half of 2010 when his car was off the pace. When the car became better so did he.

      If Hamilton had a better car he wouldn’t need to take the risks and we would see a different driver.

      Sadly, I fear Mclaren will struggle again at the beginning of next year. They keep making car that are based on elements of the car that keep getting banned so never have base from the previous you to develop from.

      2010 – 2011, F-duct and massive DD. Banned
      2011 – 2012, Extremely reliant on the OTBD. Banned

      It will be interesting to see what they do over the winter.

  2. Mitch11 said on 28th September 2011, 13:12

    The most worrying thing i’ve seen this year from Hamilton is nearly crashing with Massa during Singapore qualifying. I was literally up yelling at my tv about that.

    I’d say for most Hamiltons incident prone career has gone remembered for the good times not the bad, however I really do feel this year is casting a black shadow on how he will be remembered. You know its bad when friends of mine who don’t at all follow F1 refer to Lewis as ‘wreckless’.

  3. raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 28th September 2011, 13:17

    I think the problem is that Lewis was given a car that was a shoe-in for the first 2 rows right from the outset (save the occasional upset by BMW Sauber); and so when he doesn’t get that; he sulks. Alonso, Button, Vettel, all started in non-winning cars. It doesn’t matter if they started out with points or whatever; the point is they never had a winning car back then. (Though Button had a similar “playboy syndrome” happening to him)

    Look at Sutil for example. He’s done his time in a super back marker that never scored points; and last year he had a car that could score points; and you could see that he appreciates it a lot better; and doesn’t crash as often.

    • he had 25 to sulk with, no penalties there
      (i think so)

      i was at the singapore gp last week, one telling fact he said over an interview & stressed..
      he will never give up for his fans.. never

      he is just so passionate to win
      i love him, the drama that comes along. a win for him would definitely a satisfying reward for him & his fans. something i hope he’ll do very soon.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 28th September 2011, 13:18

    My thoughts on the matter are well-known. I put Hamilton’s poor performance down to frustration at the way he was doing everything right at the beginning of the season and he still couldn’t catch Sebastian Vettel. This has resulted in over-driving the car as he attempts to take it beyond its limits.

    The problem is exacerbated by a lack of respect for the other competitors (with the possible exception of Jenson Button). We’ve already seen him label the other drivers with less-than-admirable terms, blame Kobayashi for causing an accident that was clearly his fault, and be unnecessarily rough on qualifying outlaps – like in Singapore – when the smarter option would be to back off (as Vettel did, and look who got the better starting position). Once is an accident, and twice is a coincidence, but three times is a pattern.

    Finally, he has denied that there is a problem when the evidence suggests otherwise (ironically, acknowleding it will help him overcome it), and it hasn’t helped that McLaren initially “saw no reason” to intervene in Hamilton’s driving and now appear to be ignoring the issue. All of this has materialised into a very scrappy style on the track. We’ve seen him get no less than five penalties this season (less than six), which is poor, even by his standards. You don’t get to five (or six) penalties without a reason; if little Lewis is sitting down the back of my classroom and driving the other students to distraction, I’m not going to keep asking him to be quiet. I’ll ask him to stop talking, and if he keeps doing it, I’ll move him, and if he still won’t stop, I’ll send him outside. So I can see why the stewards are issuing him with record numbers of penalties – they’re trying to get him to think a little bit more.

    Hamilton’s problems aren’t easily solved, but ironically enough, I think he already knows what to do. This isn’t the first time this season that he’s come under the microscope – after Monaco and Montreal, a lot of people were asking where his head was at. And just before the British Grand Prix, he decided to get away from it all and try and find some focus. Whatever he did, he did it right, because he won in Germany. And then promptly forgot it within a week.

    I think this post is best summarised like this: Lewis has tunnel vision. He just can’t see beyond his own front wing. In the past – Hungary 2010 – we’ve seen Jenson Button being able to see the tyre choices of the six cars in front of him and factor their pit strategies into his own … in the middle of a race (even Martin Brundle was impressed). But by comparison, Hamilton rushed to the front in Hungary this year to get the priority pit call, over-drove the car and then made a dud tyre choice. He’s only thinking, at most, one lap ahead when everyone around him is playing the long game. It makes him more exciting, but it also gets him in more trouble.

    Because right now, Lewis Hamilton cannot see the forest for the trees.

    • Agree with every single word PM and nicely put too.

      Finally, he has denied that there is a problem when the evidence suggests otherwise

      You’re right and this frustrates me about Lewis. He keeps saying he won’t change anything as it’s who he is but the same clumsy mistakes keep happening again and again. Something has got to give.

    • raymondu999 (@raymondu999) said on 28th September 2011, 15:21

      The worse thing is, right now he thinks he knows best. I think right now he’s in a very stubborn state. He seems to think he knows best, and everyone else doesn’t. And I think it’s getting to a point that even if someone tells him something which he knows is true and must be done, he won’t do it, for the sake of spiting the other person

    • GameR_K (@gamer_k) said on 28th September 2011, 21:31

      Problem with the Hungary race was him saving the extra set of tires which he saw as an advantage over others. But with the wet start that advantage was nullified. And when it came to that pit-stop he was like let me play my special-card *BOOM*

    • mattr said on 1st October 2011, 10:13

      really?i remember lewis saying he was %100 to blame for the crash he had with koba.

  5. What’s gone wrong with Lewis? It’s hard to tell when I’m outside of that world but I’d say Lewis’s attitude.

    At Monaco he just showed a total lack of respect for other drivers in his outburst, he’s been clumsy this year to say the least and I think the worst mistake was actually Spa. He just assumed he was well ahead of Kobayashi and the Sauber would yield and didn’t bother to check. Normally when something goes wrong with Hamilton it’s still fun to watch because he can pull out a spectacular fighter’s performance like Brazil 07 or in China this year when everything seemed to be going wrong even before the race but he came out and won anyway whcih must have sent alarm bells ringing for Seb but recently when something’s gone wrong he’s asked “what’s the point?” rather than revelling in the challenge.

    It just doesn’t feel like he’s enjoying it. The car isn’t a dog like 09 but he seems more upset than say Alonso or Button that he can’t fight with Seb or he isn’t dealing with it as well. He was complaining about PR days which is one thing I completely sympathise with and when that situation was improved he gave a tremendous showing in Germany and I thought “great, he’s back” and then at Hungary he made a mistake again and was back on everyone’s radar for the wrong reasons. I don’t even know how committed he is to Mclaren any more.

    I don’t think JB is blowing him away. I think JB’s just solidly getting the points and doing a good job but Lewis is having an unusually bad year and if he cut out the mistakes he’d have a lot more points that Button but that’s just how I read it. That’s nothing against JB as he’s doing everything right but if his season is so good and Hamilton’s is so bad and there’s still not much of a points gap then for me that says a lot. On a slight side note though, I thought Lewis handled Canada supremely well as it was JB’s mistake that put him out of the race but he treated it with dignity and maturity and was able to brush it off. I don’t know if JB is bothering Lewis but he really shouldn’t. Hamilton needs to look at himself.

    Lewis is an aggressive driver which means he’s going to get into scrapes and bumps from time to time but the sheer volume this year does raise questions. I think he can bounce back, is a more naturally gifted driver than JB and could lead the team again but unless something changes for him or something falls into place it’s difficult to see it happening any time soon. Maybe he just needs this season over with quickly so he can reassess everything over the winter and come back with a clear head. Lewis could be an all time great but I can’t remember many of the greats having such a terrible season and he has to turn things around or at least make sure next year is a more consistent year.

  6. I think the problem with Lewis is driving for a top team for his whole career. It is rare to see someone driving in a team as fast as Mclaren straight from his debut. Sure, its wonderful that he got such an opportunity, but he got arrogant in a sense and believes that he is exempt from getting poor cars, and penalties. Glock understands that to move forward he had to move back, although he overdid the moving back part, I completely agree with him. Its not only about showing up and giving your best but also encouraging your team and helping them move forward in hard times. Hamilton shows up, wrecks the car and then insults the team because the car isnt fast enough.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th September 2011, 21:37

      I can’t imagine how anyone can seriously think, given how many penalties he’s had so far, that Hamilton goes into any situation expecting not to get a penalty.

  7. We can only guess what the causes of Hamilton’s problems are, maybe those closest to him and even Hamilton himself don’t really know, and it is probably not just one single thing but a combination of factors.

    I think some of it may be down to the frustration at not having a car capable of competing for the title yet again.

    In 2007 and 2008 McLaren were easily the best along with Ferrari but Ferrari were probably ahead overall in both years. The MP4-24 in 2009 was terrible at the start of the year but McLaren did manage to develop it and achieve some wins before the end of the season.

    But in 2010 and 2011 Red Bull have been well ahead and it was only down to unreliability and other mistakes on Red Bull’s part that allowed the 2010 title to go down to the wire.

    If McLaren had enjoyed the level of competitiveness they enjoyed in 2007 and 2008 in the following seasons, not necessarily the best but not that far behind, Hamilton would almost certainly have won at least one more title, instead Vettel has come along as the new wonder kid who is set to comfortably become a double World Champion, without looking up the figures I think it was only after the second race he already had a race win gap in the championship.

    As for management and life outside F1, the same style of management probably won’t suit every driver, but if every other driver has their manager with them at every race and it also worked for Hamilton during his early years, it is something which at the very least should be taken into consideration.

    The fewer distractions any driver has in their life the more they will be able to concentrate all their energies on F1. At the top of any sport the difference between winning and losing are usually small margins, so the small things can make a big difference.

    Hamilton’s mistakes in Singapore and Spa have been silly mistakes which you would class with Canada 2008 and which he really should not be making at this stage of his career.

    If McLaren give him a car capable of competing for the championship from the first round and if Hamilton can sort himself out and regain the consistency he had when he first came into F1 then he will surely win more titles, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at least until the next round of major rule changes Red Bull and Vettel continue to dominate the sport.

  8. I agree Hamilton really does need a manager or friend at each race that can stand up for him, head off the press etc, and help him get his head together.

    But for me I think it was Monaco that has upset his performance this year.

    Twice he proved, both times with Michael Schumacher that if the leading driver recognises that the driver behind, at that moment is quicker, it is possible to stay out of the way and continue racing.
    The way Massa closed the door at Loews and then refused to admit defeat and try and drive over the marbles through the tunnel, just shows Massa’s lack of brain power.

    And at Sainte Devote I’ll put that down to Maldano’s lack of experience in F1 and say no more.

    But in both cases I think punishing Hamilton was over the top and has affected his performance for the rest of the season.

    • lebesset said on 28th September 2011, 22:12

      +1
      and a penalty for just touching massas tyre in singapore when schu just gets his knuckles rapped [ after the stewards admitted they missed penalising him in the previous race ]

      no wonder hamilton feels hard done by , there are different rules for him compared to others

  9. People say he has matured over the years, becoming a better driver. IMO, i think it is the opposite. His first season was great, his dad looking after him making decisions most probably for him along with Ron Dennis and Norbet Haug, 2008 i think he was starting to make his own decisions and becoming alot more aggressive, he should of won that season alot easier. 2009, it started off very poor with ‘liegate’ and not having his dad around, with the poorer car, he knew how other felt and he matured a little with that, but saying stuff like ‘not to race anymore’ in Germany 2009 because he got a puncture, that just isn’t right. 2010, he had a good car, but not a championship winning car, he was making his own decisions here and when he wasn’t, he blamed others, like Australia, a 2nd tyre change and he blamed the team, Monza, stupidly put his car in between a sleeping policeman and Massa’s car. But 2011 has been the worst, again making mistakes like Singapore, Belgium, Monaco, Canada and still relying on his team to make the calls when he should be learning, like Monaco qualifying and the tyre choice at Hungary (him and the team).

  10. Don’t know if anyone saw this but there was an article on BBC sport the other day looking at the same thing, and the writer was suggesting that the introduction of DRS along with Pirelli tyres which make overtaking easier have nullified one of Lewis’s greatest strengths over other drivers i.e. he is a fantastic overtaker, and that his instinctive driving style is not suited to them.

    It was quite interesting to think about and possibly another reason to consider. Here’s the article if anyone’s interested:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/15066906.stm

    I really thought Lewis had turned a corner in ’09 when his Mclaren wasn’t competitive from the go in terms of his maturity, but he seems to have gone backwards this year.

    I think the biggest problem is he sees himself as having the ability to be one of the top 3-5 best F1 drivers ever, he thinks he is better than Vettel, better than Alonso and definitely better than Button and he is trying far too hard and overdriving as a result.

    You can tell in interviews Hamilton can’t stand the success Vettel is having, it really is getting to him whereas Button seems completely at ease with himself. He is a world champion, has nothing to prove to anyone and consequently he is driving better than any point in his career. He should take a step back and realise he still has a long career in F1, relax and his results will speak for themselves. He is too talented for them not to.

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 28th September 2011, 14:00

      Indeed. Racing is now degraded to a lottery based on tyre strategies and of who can drive most careful on the tyres. Don’t push, don’t attack, but rather just wait till the finish.

      It brought some weak form of “entertainment” to F1, but it killed actual racing.

      This also means that Vettel’s car advantage cannot be overcome by Hamiltons driving skills. Makes sense that Hamilton is frustrated by that.

    • sumedh said on 29th September 2011, 5:37

      You cannot blame the 2011 rules for Lewis’s downfall.
      You will have to blame Lewis’s inadaptability to the 2011 rules for Lewis’s downfall.

      But I guess that is how fans will behave. I am not a Lewis fan and so I say, it is Lewis’s failure to adjust to the new rules is causing his mistakes. You as is fan would say the new rules are causing his mistakes.

      The truth probably lies in the middle. Lewis’s strength has been nullified by the new rules, but that alone cannot explain all the mistakes he has made.

      Keith, could we have a statistic that gives Lewis’s frequency of crashes before and after 2008. I have a feeling he did better with grooved tyres and smaller front wings than with the grippier slicks and front wings whose extremities are not seen by any driver.

      • Did you read my comment properly? As it goes I don’t like Lewis Hamilton very much and there are other drivers I prefer.

        I never said the 2011 rules were to blame, that is another author’s view which I was passing on. Of course the drivers have to adapt, but I thought it was an interesting point to raise. Isn’t that the point of a debate?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th September 2011, 9:29

      I think there might be some truth in that line of thought. Just think of how impressive Kobayashi was with overtaking last year, and what he has so far been able to show this year.

  11. Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 28th September 2011, 13:54

    If people don’t see that Hamilton DOES get punished more harshly than other drivers then they need to take their blinders off. Button rams Hamilton in the wall in Canada and het gets off because “He didn’t seen Hamilton”. Seriously! Then Button goes on to ram Alonso off in an accident similar to the accidents Hamilton had in Monaco (and got a drive through for) and in Button’s case, again, it goes unpunished.

    Drivers like Webber and Button get away with just about anything while Hamilton gets punished for everything.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th September 2011, 13:58

      Button was on the racing line, Hamilton pulled alongside him far too late and and in spray. Compare it to Buemi-Heidfeld in Germany where Heidfeld drew alongside much sooner and Buemi was clearly to blame.

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 28th September 2011, 14:20

        Button wasn’t on the racing line. He was off the racing line. Probably to cool his tyres. The racing line was that dry line to the right of him.

        The stewards report clearly put the blame on Button, but let him off because he “didn’t see” Hamilton.

      • craig-o (@craig-o) said on 29th September 2011, 18:20

        I think with Canada it was too wet to be able to blame either driver. Similar to the Vettel/Webber accident at Fuji

    • The name of the problem that LH is having now is: End of Impunity.

      For way too long LH has got away with murder and he’s got used to it. Now that he is being punished for it just like everybody else and there are no more cranes to put him back on track, everything goes wrong for him.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th September 2011, 17:35

        Now that he is being punished for it just like everybody else and there are no more cranes to put him back on track, everything goes wrong for him.

        This is just as inaccurate a view as the opposing claim that the stewards have it in for him. With just as little evidence to support it.

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th September 2011, 13:56

    Good article Keith, I think you’ve handled this very well.

    Singapore was a mistake, nothing more. You could argue the rest of his mishaps have been mistakes, but I don’t think he was being selfish, careless or over-aggressive on Sunday.

    What he needs to do is assess his racing craft over the next 5 races. He can’t win anything now, that’s a mathematical certainty. Whether or not he think’s he is hard done by is besides the point, he needs to make a change and it will be a test of his maturity as to whether or not he does that. Clearly, plenty of people think he needs to alter his mindset and he would do well to listen to that. People will respect him more for it.

  13. Hamilton has amazing speed, car control and overtaking ability, but there has always been more than that to being a great racing driver. Maturity, ability to pace and nurse the car, strategy, knowledge of what is required at the time. These are all there in all the top world champions and to date these are lacking in Hamilton. At the beginning everyone said, “He’s young and will mature and develop”, but he hasn’t, he’s driving very much as he did at the beginning, I don’t think he is any worse, just less lucky perhaps, plus other drivers are probably giving him less room. I love watching Hamilton, but more and more he is beginning to remind me of Andrea de Cesaris, driving far too often beyond what is required.
    His radio question this weekend about was he still in the hunt after the crash rather summed it up for me. A Prost, Lauda, Senna etc would never have come out with a question like that, they would have known. Until Hamilton develops race maturity he is going to keep making the mistakes. Unfortunately I now rather doubt that he is able to do so.

    • sebsronnie (@sebsronnie) said on 28th September 2011, 15:17

      Come on – please don’t make assumptions about what the likes of Prost would or wouldn’t have said or done. The simple truth is you have NO idea whatsoever.
      I do recall a certain Prost being sacked from Ferrari because he over-criticized the car…

  14. Anonamooooose said on 28th September 2011, 14:02

    Does no-one remember Monza??! He drove a cautious race and everyone slatered him for it. He just can’t win. It’s a load of ******** tbh. Webber has had some bloody stupid drives these past 2 seasons and been off the pace in qually… but where’s his rabble of press saying that he’s failing as a driver? I could say the same for Massa as well.

    Just let it go already and let him drive his own race.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 28th September 2011, 18:28

      Does no-one remember Monza??! He drove a cautious race and everyone slatered him for it. He just can’t win.

      If there’s no middle ground between breaking your front wing and getting stuck behind a Merc for 27 laps, then indeed, he won’t win.

      And the reason Massa and Webber don’t get all this is because they haven’t set standards as high as Hamilton’s in the past.

  15. Rhys Williams said on 28th September 2011, 14:12

    What has happend to lewis?

    Heres my opinion guys.
    Lets just analyze his F1 career. Lewis came into F1 as the underdog with a double WC Fernando Alonso. I am not a fan of Lewis at all however, his first season was very impressive and since that he won a WC. In recne ttime people have criticised him for losing his edge or something. I think that as a young F1 WC he expected too much from his career at such an early ageand I believe its fristration that is creeping in. Since Jenson joined the team in 2010 eceryone expected him to be the leader and this season would not seem to be the case. If you go back to 2009 when Mclaren were looking for a driver when Kovalinen left. Lewis categorily stated that he didnt want Kimi Raikkonen as his team mate. Lewis expected to be the leader of Mclaren but this season he has not, I think it is clearly getting to him and errors are being made.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 28th September 2011, 21:40

      Lewis categorily stated that he didnt want Kimi Raikkonen as his team mate.

      Have you got a quote that shows that?

      • SupaSix-1 said on 29th September 2011, 13:39

        See this is what the Hamilton-haters have a consistant history in doing:

        They are so bitter that they have to resort to making up drivel just so they can pretend Lewis is as bad as they would like him to be.
        They spend most of their time trawling the internet every day all day looking for any Hamilton stories to comment and slate him on by conjuring up rear-end baked theories & assumptions that are so baseless that even The Sunday Sport would be too embaressed to print.

        Theres nothing wrong with Lewis or his race craft etc…..He wouldntve won every championship (F1 & pre-F1) – hes just having dip which all sportsmen go through during their careers.

        I think the thing that will help him most if the all the vulture F1 media groups (especially the Brits) get off his back & leave the guy alone.

        But no..mark my words…you will see the usual ridiculous treatment of Lewis by the media….by the end of this week the Hamilton articles will have clamed down…BUT as next weekend is a GP…in the week to run up to that GP…the Brit media agencies will step up the Hamilton articles which seem like they are written to try and mess with Lewis’ mind for the coming GP and keep that negative focus on him.

        Im glad and relieved to see that a majority of people who comment here are decent and seem to support Lewis very strongly.

        People and the media in particular need to get off Lewis’ back!

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