Hamilton hampered by eye irritation in closing laps

2014 Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Monte-Carlo, 2014Lewis Hamilton has described how he was forced to run the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix with reduced vision following a speck of dirt causing irritation in his left eye.

Despite running within a two second gap of his team mate for the majority of the race, Hamilton fell back into the clutches of Daniel Ricciardo with just under ten laps remaining.

But despite intense pressure from the Red Bull, Hamilton was able to hold off the Australian to secure second place.

“It’s fine, I can see,” said Hamilton. “I just got a bit of dirt in it. Fortunately it cleared up.”

While the irritation appeared to prevent Hamilton for offering a challenge to Nico Rosberg for the win, Hamilton himself admits that it was not the deciding factor.

“I don’t think it made any difference to the outcome,” said Hamilton. “While Ricciardo was closing the gap, it was a serious concern. I was driving with one eye, basically. I knew that he would get me unless it cleaned up.

“It eventually cleaned up with about three or four laps to go, so I was then able to position myself in the best way to stay ahead.”

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99 comments on Hamilton hampered by eye irritation in closing laps

  1. GeordieRacer said on 25th May 2014, 17:00

    No he wasn’t.

    • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 17:06

      Thanks for that Hamiltons eye.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 20:25

      So why should he fake it?

      • Rodrrico (@rodrrico) said on 25th May 2014, 23:30

        He thought a few years ago that the FIA was harsh on him because of his skin colour. Anything is possible with that kid.

        • Rodrrico (@rodrrico) said on 25th May 2014, 23:33

          Although, I do believe he had a problem with his eye. He did still act as immature as ever. It makes one wonder why anyone would like him. If you see a child kicking and screaming in the supermarket, you would think that is an undisciplined child. There doesn’t seem to be any difference between a child in the supermarket being a brat and Lewis’ current attitude and demeaned.

          • Franton said on 26th May 2014, 0:15

            Riiight … because having something temporarily blind you in one eye, removing your depth perception while you’re driving a car at up to 150mph around the tightest, twistiest, most difficult to drive circuit on the calendar is an attitude problem. :(

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 26th May 2014, 1:47

      So you think he would make it up to explain his tyres going off I assume? So you think he would avoid telling his team information which they could then try to find a solution to? Why exactly?

    • SAMUEL said on 26th May 2014, 22:46

      He had something in his eyes TEARS!!!

    • danny11 (@danny11) said on 28th May 2014, 3:40

      Just like the wheel came out of Senna’s hand in Monaco. Hamilton is way too contrived and it’s rediculous how he attempts to emulate Ayrton. Senna was not flashy, was intelligent and loved by many around the world. He is a hero of mine who’s now dead, and it pains me to see how he attempts to copy him. I remember Imola like it was yesterday. Senna had political aspirations after racing. Perhaps Hamiltom does to and we can short sell the UK.

  2. Elliot Horwood (@elliothorwoodf1) said on 25th May 2014, 17:02

    It was Toto Wolff’s pigeon holding the piece of wood that would get into Hamilton’s helmet and hurt his eye.. : https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t31.0-8/1658732_715478305177124_1771053772446750885_o.png

  3. Michael C said on 25th May 2014, 17:05

    Taking the phrase “He could do this circuit with my eyes closed” to a whole new level! Probably masked his pace a little but well done to all three on the podium.

  4. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 25th May 2014, 17:05

    Good that Lewis managed p2 in the end . But I am a little disappointed with his demeanor after the race . A small handshake or a pat on the back of Nico would have been enough .Instead he just walked off even before :DR finished his interview . Bad manners Lewis , whatever your background :(.

    And what is that about an engine setting that Nico used in Bahrain and Lewis used in Spain ? Can anyone shed light on this ?

    I find Lewis has to sort out his manners off-track a little bit . He can learn from :DR .

    • Dean Reynolds said on 25th May 2014, 20:11

      Youre holding up ricciardo as a shining beacon of sportsmanship? A man that has won squat since coming to f1, a man that is currently driving the best car he has ever had without any pressure or expectation on him! Lets review mr ricciardos sportsmanship when/IF hes competing for a wdc. Show me a good looser and ill show you a looser

      • deldo said on 27th May 2014, 2:24

        you have shown me a loser.. thanks
        Riccardo and Alonzo would mop the floor with those 2 babies if they had the same car.

    • Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 25th May 2014, 20:40

      When he talked about taking a page out of Senna’s book he took the drama queen opera. I would’ve respected Hamilton more if he had gone for the banzai.

  5. Haizan (@haizan) said on 25th May 2014, 17:16

    Macam-macam… Bengang jugak aku ngan hamilton ni… Ish!

  6. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 25th May 2014, 17:21

    He brushed off the point suspiciously quickly in the post-race interviews.

  7. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 25th May 2014, 17:28

    @KeithCollantine You should’ve mentioned the other part of interview, where Hamilton says that Mclaren had made better strategy calls for him, because Mclaren had two strategists, while Mercedes has only one, which serves both drivers.

    • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 17:42

      Agree, that was a actually helpful comment.He said the merc guy does a great job but they dont have their own person like they did at Mclaren, therefore he knew he wouldn’t be pitted because there’s no strategy guy looking out for just him. The guy on strategy is there to secure the best result for the team and not one driver. To be fair he wasn’t ranting about this. I initially thought his radio comment was a bit harsh, but that really cleared things up, so im glad he said it. No doubt some will take it as a dig at Mercedes tho…

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th May 2014, 20:54

        But to be honest, I have seen McLaren doing stupid things on strategy for Hamilton far more often in the last years than what he got at Mercedes.

      • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th May 2014, 21:10

        Wolff explained that they would not have allowed Hamilton to pit anyway since it was Rosberg’s call first since he was in the lead.

        Besides, the guy on the radio to the driver sure makes it sound like he’s urging the drivers on to beat the other. Even giving tips on how or when to do it. Like now with fuel saving tip off about Rosberg being low on fuel for a while. Are you sure that’s only one guy?

    • Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 25th May 2014, 17:49

      It’s a fair point, no? I mean a single strategist is great from a team perspective, but given that this is going to be a close championship battle I think it will cause problems in future. How does Mercedes handle this? Do you always give preference to the driver in front? Or do you give it to the championship leader? How does this serve the aim of letting both drivers battle fairly if a driver can’t use all of the resources (including strategy) at his disposal?

      • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 17:55

        I fully agree. I hope they get their own as with just one we effectively have team orders.

      • Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 25th May 2014, 17:55

        I think this year its just going to be between LH & NR for WDC, so may be just for this year they will continue doing what they have been doing since the first race i.e. giving leading driver the opportunity to pit first.

      • AlexT (@alext) said on 25th May 2014, 18:35

        So if there was a strategist for Hamilton and one for Rosberg, who would have priority? Hamilton is just a sore loser and if i was part of the team that gave him the best car by far in 2014 and 4 wins in a row i would be pretty upset about those comments.

        • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 18:47

          You’ve misunderstood the comment. It wasn’t a dig at Mercedes. He was asked a question about his radio comment regarding the “I knew you wouldn’t pit me” comment. He gave an answer which cleared everything up really well.I fail to see why you’d be upset if you worked there ?

          I guess the leader would still get the first strategy pick, but having someone purely focused on one driver rather than the team would obviously result in different outcomes.

    • Jonathan189 (@jonathan189) said on 25th May 2014, 17:50

      The article wasn’t written by Keith Collantine.

    • ruliemaulana (@ruliemaulana) said on 25th May 2014, 19:41

      @osvaldas31 I believe Toto Wolff had clear it up earlier in SkySport. He said to pit Lewis before SC they need new tool. Crystal Ball!

      • chris (@9chris9) said on 25th May 2014, 20:16

        Also, They would not have serviced Lewis if he had just pitted anyway, ala what Button would have done, and did.

    • That is rubbish. Strategy is two separate trees or two streams which end at each cars strategist, those will usually be fed to a ‘team strategist’. It’s important to remember strategy takes into account other cars/teams and what those will possibly do. On occasion with a number one driver the strategy favours that driver.

      BTW, Lewis’s tyres were shot because he stayed too close to Nico’s car in turbulent air.

  8. Martin (@aardvark) said on 25th May 2014, 17:33

    The sight of Nico’s exhaust pipe made his eyes water.

    • Patrickl (@patrickl) said on 25th May 2014, 21:11

      Driving behind another car does tend to cause a lot of stuff to hit the car behind.

      Although I haven’t seen them look as dirty as they were like a decade ago. In those days cars were all black in the front from driving behind someone for a lot of laps.

  9. Mayank (@mjf1fan) said on 25th May 2014, 17:43

    Oh come on Lewis, give it a break. It wasnt dirt in your eyes- you were in another world like senna was in monaco 1988. (Cue – You vowed to emulate Senna in Rosberg’s rivalry :P) The only difference in yours and Senna’s approach was – he was going amazingly fast around the track while you slowed down a bit when you went into the another world. :P

    P.S.- this post is made just for fun sake. :)

  10. Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 25th May 2014, 17:47

    How the Dirt went inside his Visor is surprising me

    • Peter (@boylep6) said on 25th May 2014, 18:09

      Darn — sorry Sri,
      my first attempt hit “report user” when I meant reply. Hope this has no effect.
      I wanted to comment:

      It does happen and when it does it is a real pain. You should have Darth Vader squeal and cry on set when they were making Episode IV…

      Wasn’t even that funny I guess…

      • Sri Harsha (@harsha) said on 26th May 2014, 2:38

        @boylep6 Nothing happened here,
        @omarr-pepper I dont think so mate there will be lot of dust fly all the time what ever track it would be and they always keep it closed , So that leaves the question still why he opened the visor as he never pitted after 1st pit and didn’t get the SC to have a break , or Do the Helmet has a problem?

    • PT (@pt) said on 25th May 2014, 19:38

      Baffles me too…

    • @harsha) Because drivers never close that visor completely. They usually leave a space open, I think it’s to avoid moisture.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 25th May 2014, 21:16

      I would consider it if he had one of those cheap helmets on, but who knowa. Arai should give it a look.

      • Toxic (@toxic) said on 26th May 2014, 2:56

        Wasn’t that after the SC/Pitstop? Maybe when the SC was out he opened it slightly to get some air and it happened. I recon it’s not fault of the helmet at all.

  11. Nick (@npf1) said on 25th May 2014, 17:47

    I do have to say I question if we would have heard as much from Hamilton if A. we had the usual FOM director and B. if there wasn’t some pre-race drama. Basically things like these have happened before I’d imagine, but with modern team radios we actually get to hear about them.

  12. Gingef1 said on 25th May 2014, 18:09

    It wasn’t dirt in his eye, it was tears of child. Does merc have someone to collect Lewis’s dummy from track side. Looseing friends doesn’t bother Lewis, ask Sutil. Meltdown beginning me thinks.

  13. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 25th May 2014, 19:07

    At least we learned he does actually have eyes under those permanent sunglasses.

  14. canadianjoe (@canadianjoe) said on 25th May 2014, 19:21

    What a cry baby!!!!!!!, I was poor, Nico was rich, McLaren has better strategy, just shut up and drive the car, some guys are just ingrates, looks like no amount of money can buy class.

    • and your point????? @canadianjoe

      • canadianjoe (@canadianjoe) said on 25th May 2014, 20:44

        after winning 4 strait races in what is obviously a vastly superior car, he acts like a grade school child. man up and show some class when your team mate wins, as Nico did for Lewis. that’s my point. Read between the lines!!

        • Lewisiabamf (@lewisisabamf) said on 25th May 2014, 20:52

          Hamilton has showed class in the past in just in this case he feels screwed over by what nico may or may not have done in qualifying

          • canadianjoe (@canadianjoe) said on 25th May 2014, 21:19

            Nico was cleared, Lewis was beat fair and square. instead of dealing with like a man, he starts his tirade, starting with the Senna comment, ending with the pit stop comment. When has he shown class when losing? he’s an excellent driver but he needs to grow up. He likes to dish it out but he cant take it. Childish!

        • Dan said on 25th May 2014, 20:58

          @canadianjoe lol at Ros showing class yeah have ypu been watching Ham dominance? Ros said i will win in Spain on the China podium he guaranteed it lol.

          • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 22:17

            Nico was cleared yes, but he didn’t really beat him fair and square. In my opinion it would be fair if Hamilton had the chance to put his second lap in. As it happens Nicos mistake cost Hamilton much more than it cost Nico. For that reason alone, no it wasnt really fair and square.

            for something to be truly fair both drivers would have to have exactly the same opportunities. In this case that didn’t happen.

          • DeVante said on 25th May 2014, 22:18

            + 1
            Besides, Lewis should question why his pits always lasts long…

    • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 20:13

      Where did he say Mclaren had better strategy… ?

        • Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 25th May 2014, 20:45

          When we saw sutil on the barrier, all I could think off was pit now and endure 50 laps on the soft. Martin Brundle thought the same and so did Hamilton but no one had the courage to make the logical move, RBR or Ferrari could have easily spoiled their only real chance to win a race dnf’s and penaltys apart.

        • D (@f190) said on 25th May 2014, 21:02

          Dont believe the hype mate. The media love to blow stories up as much as possible. How can he be critical of someone he calls amazing ?

          He was simply answering a question. He didnt criticise Mercedes at all. He said he would have been called in at Mclaren because he had his own strategic planner whos sole job was to look after just him. He was asked to clear something up and thats exactly what he did… he didn’t criticise anyone.

          • bob said on 26th May 2014, 23:09


            for something to be truly fair both drivers would have to have exactly the same opportunities. In this case that didn’t happen.

            Ummm…they both only completed 1 lap in Q3, so actually it was fair and square. They each had the same number of laps to set a time.

            He said he would have been called in at Mclaren because he had his own strategic planner whos sole job was to look after just him

            Sorry, wrong again. McLaren always give preference to the lead car if they are both on the same strategy.

  15. Adysseus (@adysseus) said on 25th May 2014, 19:30

  16. Now Hamilton can justify to declare to the press: “I see red”

  17. Dan said on 25th May 2014, 20:59

    Yes of course LH must be lying i mean 0.9, 1.3 then bang 4 seconds and a radio from team what is up mate. I would understand if he said after my eye hurt but no you lot think it is an excuse haha.

  18. rampante (@rampante) said on 25th May 2014, 21:17

    they say that 2 negatives don’t make a positive. In Scotland the expression is eye right! He is a great racer but today he showed he’s nothing more than a petulant child. You were beaten fair and square

    • Dan said on 25th May 2014, 22:18

      What like Ros has been doing these past races. Dude know’s he is up against it he as double the results of his teammate’s wins yet he is behind. End of day the reversing part was wrong i don’t believe he did it on purpose and i am biggest Ham fan. I agree he should have shook his hand but then same could be said of Nico last race. What about Nico’s celebration yesterday, god help if it was LH who did that?.

  19. dam00r (@dam00r) said on 25th May 2014, 23:39

    As a Hamilton fan, I actually think that his eye problems were tears and not dirt.

  20. mjkj said on 26th May 2014, 1:01

    Try as he might Lewis is unable to get past Nico. The fake eye issue allows him to save face without any verification. Let the head games begin. I love it! What a season…

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