Why does Hamilton have such a problem with Haas?
F1 Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has once again been accused of holding up the opposition – and once again its Haas.
Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but Lewis Hamilton sure is making it seem like he’s got something against the Haas boys. Just during the last Grand Prix at Silverstone, the three-time World Champion was seen deliberately cutting off Haas driver Romain Grosjean during the rounds of qualifying – a move that Grosjean believed caused him to lose his Q3 placement.
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) July 27, 2017
Now, ol’ Hammy seems to up to the same antics. Although this particular incident occurred during the free practice sessions and not qualifying, it was Magnussen who had the pleasure of being blocked by the Mercedes man. The Dane commented on the maneuver following the FP session, saying that while it did not impact him in the way it did Grosjean two weeks ago, he doesn’t understand the need for it:
“It’s just unnecessary for him to be that slow on the last sector, with no one in front of him. He always gets in the way so it’s not news. I only did four laps today and he managed to get in the way.” – Kevin Magnussen
Magnussen lamented Hamilton’s driving, but admitted that there is not much that he could do – given that Hamilton broke no regulations and that the two drivers aren’t necessarily on talking terms:
“I don’t really speak to him. What can I do? I’m not driving his car. Some drivers just really don’t care. It would be the same when he’s on a good lap in qualifying one day, I’m not going to care. But we’ll see. There’s not anything illegal in what he does, it’s only a bit disrespectful.” – Kevin Magnussen
Magnussen may yet get his chance to get even with Hamilton, but until then there are certain to be more instances of Silver Arrows blockage. While medical staff were unable to comment on the forthcoming diagnosis – due to the nature of them being imaginary – there is a strong suspicion that Hamilton’s behavior stems from a hyper-inflated ego.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 28, 2017
The Brit has enjoyed an incredible tour of success in what has proven to be one of the sport’s most powerful and reliable cars – but he could be afflicted by that all-too-insidious malady of “being full of himself.” To echo Magnussen’s sentiment, Hamilton did nothing illegal – he’s too smart to let himself get caught up by something so petty. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll make anyone’s life out on the track easy for them.
In a way, that’s the sort of attitude that has him poised for a fourth world championship win – but at the end of the day, it’s the small actions that can illuminate who we truly are. The longer Hamilton chooses to snub the rest of the pack, the more he’ll find himself standing alone when the limelight inevitably fades.