Getting a little fed up with the brown nosing of the media towards Lewis Hamilton (above), once again he is on the front page of F1 Racing magazine. (the 10th time in 13 months)
It seems in this small country, we pin all our hopes of happiness on "celebs" or "sports stars" to enlighten us and brighten our days and I’m getting a little sick of it.
To start the England football team are not as good as people remember/think that they are. We are not world beaters yet and have not look like becoming world beaters for a long time. I would love them to play fantastic football as a team and show the world who’s boss but alas, it’s just not happening. This is not helped by the media over egging the situation, saying that they can take on the world after a win and then writing them of as “has-beens” after a defeat, where in fact they are at present a bunch of “never-beens”.
They same goes with Mr Lewis Hamilton.
Now as some of you may know, he is not one of my favourite drivers at the moment. In interviews he comes across as well spoken, intelligent, interesting and a thoroughly nice chap given the right settings. But in the heat of the moment, his persona changes to an arrogant, spoilt, rude little shite.
I understand that just after a mistake, crash or racing incident which has cost you a win or valuable points, then your not going to be in the best of moods and maybe a little stroppy, especially if a camera and mic are thrown in your face, I think I to would be a little peeved.
This is the point where the media get me boiling. The Formula 1 coverage in England is broadcast on ITV or as I like to call it “Hamilton TV”. They seem to be so overly bias towards Hamilton; even after a blatant mistake they always seem to deflect blame away from him, as if he can not do any wrong.
A couple of for instaces
China 2007, he burned his tyres out on a drying circuit and ended up in the kitty litter on his way into the pits. But who’s to blame, “Hamilton TV” said it was the team, they should have called him in a lap or two sooner, but what the forgot to say was that if he hadn’t needlessly raced a Toyota on his way into the pits, then maybe he would have been in a better frame of mind to negotiate the pit lane and stay in the race.
Canada 2008 crashes into the back of Kimi thus getting a 10 place penalty for the next race (remember so did Rosberg). But when Kimi Raikkonen crashed out of the Monaco GP, taking Sutil out of the race with him, James Allen was shouting from the roof tops that Raikkonen should be thrown a penalty and the stewards were being bias towards the Finn. Where in fact the steward were right to hand Hamilton a penalty for an avoidable accident, whereas Kimi lost control of his Ferrari coming out of the tunnel and had an unavoidable accident.
Belgium 2008. Hamilton is handed a 25sec penalty for cutting the Bus Stop chicane during a spectacular battle with Kimi Raikkonen. “Hamilton TV” backs the Brit saying that Raikkonen had “pushed” him off the circuit and forced him to take an escape route. They also stated that he gained no advantage on the run up to Le Source (the first corner). Firstly, Hamilton “pushed” Felipe Massa and Nelson Piquet in the same fashion at the German GP earlier in the year and was applauded by “Hamilton TV” on aggressive driving.
Secondly, Hamilton DID gain an advantage when he cut the chicane. He went in way too hot into the right hand part of the Bus Stop and as a result would have lost momentum on the exit onto the start/finish straight and thus would not have been so close to the back of the Ferrari.
Now, I think Hamilton is a great talent; he would have overtaken Kimi later in the lap as his Mclaren is better suited to damp or wet conditions, but I just wish ITV would tone down their favouritism. There’s no doubt that he has the skill required to become a champ, but only time will tell.