Chinese GP: most hated driver, ever?

Amazing how everyone has ganged up on Lewis Hamilton in the last few weeks. He’s always had his detractors – both inside and outside the F1 circus – but recently it seems to have stepped up a level.

It feels to me that there’s something of a Karate Kid playground gang mentality going on, a bunch of kids singling another out. But why?

Alonso is clearly doing it to show Ferrari that he’s got their back, as it’s well known he’s angling for a seat there in 2010. And if you remember photos from last year, Alonso was grinning his head off with Kimi and Felipe after they beat Hamilton.

And Kimi, well, Kimi’s just amused with nothing to lose.

So then the fans of those drivers start giving Lewis a hard time too, and it’s become – if you’ve been reading our blog comments in the last 24 hours – ‘fact’ that Lewis is the most hated driver ever, and if the other drivers hate him then surely the fans should too?

Personally, I like what Hamilton does and the way he does it (always have, but no one in the office agrees). Yeah, so he’s arrogant, but so are all the drivers.

And the thing that’s going against Massa in particular, the thing that marks Lewis out with the mental capacity to be a world champion, is that this has only made him stronger.

Could it be the undoing of Felipe, who doesn’t handle things well when they’re not going his way? Just look at yesterday…

Anyway, all of this has lead me to wondering one thing: what if, instead of growing up with McLaren, Lewis had ended up being schooled and consequently signed to Ferrari, to partner Kimi?

How different would it all be then?

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I think a reason for the public backlash against Hamilton is due to the British press – Topgear included – for no fault of Hamiltons. The British press cannot report on F1 without it turning into “Hamilton vs the foreigners”, “FIA is Ferrari-biased” and then getting quotes from the stupid old Scotsman – and the stupid soon-to-retire Scotsman on how wonderful Hamilton is and how unfair the world is to him. It is not Hamiltons fault – he is a fabulous driver who is doing well and just needs to calm down a bit sometimes, but jeeezzzz are we tired of hearing about him all the time.

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There all going green with envy. FIA included.

One things for sure, he has raised the profile of F1 Motor racing.

Well I for one will be cheering for Lewis on sunday week.

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I agree with ferrariman

he did not have the chance to learn to respect others.
He got a seat in one of four best cars, he got huge support from his team (at the expense of Alonso), He’s got no idea how it is when you drive a car which is far behind the leaders, or it keeps breaking down all the time ( puncture is not a typical failure- when don’t save your tyres, you shouldn’t be surprised that they blow up).

There are some other drivers who as talented as he is, but they happen to drive weaker cars. That’s it.

I also agree with CoolDane.
The British press has considerably contributed to boosting hatred against Hamilton. Branding him “hero”, “the best”, “hammer” and, making fun of other drivers at the same time couldn’t go unnoticed.

Of course, hamilton himself is at fault.

At the begining I was neutral towards him. I did not care what car he drives, what nationality he is. But when I saw him showing an offensive/aggressive gesture towards a driver in an inferior car, whom hamilton found difficult to overtake ( not to lap). I thought OK. But I saw him repeat it again and again. In the end I lost my neutral attitude and thought who the f*** are you? the owner of the racetrack?

That’s how my dislike towards him was born.

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Sleepy hollow, do you expect hamilton to quit mclaren and join a lesser car? If you were him wouldn’t you take advantage of the fact your in a fast car and USE it in a race?

Lets say that there are drivers with as much talent but in a weaker car, do you want him to look for them and surrender his place at mclaren to give them a chance?

Oh and this pucture u blame him for, when u first started learning to drive, i’m guessing you never stalled. I bet you were flawless. Especially if you expect Hamilton to never make a mistake like that.

As soon as one little mistake is made, he is punished or slagged off. Look at jenson button, you cant even blame his car because of how bad he is.

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another useless comment to say that the poor little Lewis doesn’t deserve that…

At the end you will make people hate him only by repeating every single day that he is “mister nice guy” and that everybody is jealous because of his talent,…

F1 driver would do anything to get the title ! Belive me, if Lewis had to push someone out of the track to get some points, as every driver, he would do it… He schould just addmit it and not pretend that everybody is against him…

Yes McLaren cheated, yes he was aware of that (how couldn’t he be ?, even DeLaRosa and alonso were… ).
Yes he took advantage after trying to take the Ferrari over…
Grow up, admit it and just don’t act like if you were “the new most gifted driver ever”…
Try to win a champ title in a Honda or a Redbull, then you’ll have something to show off…

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I think all Moaning F1 drivers should be taken back to start driving back in F2 so they can all learn how to race once again

there are a lot of good drivers in F2 who would like a chance to challenge Lewis on the F1 car

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i agree fully with sleepy_hollow. and ferrariman is right as well on that kubica would have won the championship by now in a mclaren because, well, its the truth

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Well, all these comments prove one point – some people out there DO hate Hamilton and the one’s who adulate him are up in arms because people hate him. Crikey, F1 hasn’t been this interesting since I don’t know when. As for Raikonnen, Alonso, & Kubica ganging up on Hamilton – boys, it was the worst move ever. I think you’ve stirred a giant. Hamilton has reminded everyone – us, the sport, but most importantly, the drivers – that the whole point of the exercise is to like, you know, OVERTAKE, THE CAR, IN FRONT, in order to WIN the race. I swear it would suit some drivers (and a certain red team) if overtaking were confined to pit lane strategy, and was otherwise banned. Then we could all go back to having a kip in front of the telly when F1 is on, and it would’nt be dangerous. Raikonnen, Alonso and Kubica – a reminder. Simply by getting in the seat of a 200mph F1 car, automatically makes it extremely dangerous. If you don’t enjoy being beaten by a very talented rookie driver, and your embarrassment is so tangible I can almost smell it, then take Raikonnens advice earlier in the year when referring to the removal of traction control – if you don’t like it, go do something else. A bit of light embroidery, perhaps. Pussies.

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Most hated driver ever?YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Don’t like him, the rest of the world hates him, he has no class – and I’m mortally sick of the constant TV coverage of Daddy Ham looking like a plonker in the pit garage. Give Baby Ham a Toro Rosso and Vettel would show him the way to go.

Don’t like most of the modern drivers but the rest of them have a personality – and they don’t wear lipstick on race day.

Baby Ham is often likened to a young Schumi (never liked him either – like Coulthard, his chin was too prominent) but Baby Ham has already proved he can throw away a championship whilst driving the best car – 50% of Schumi’s titles were not attained by driving the best car…..did I mention that Baby Ham’s really, really, really not very likeable.

Roll on BBC covering F1 – maybe the commentary will be more balanced than the current idolizing of Baby Ham and his lippy

…End of Baby Ham rant!

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If you drive like Hamilton does I think you’re entitled to be a little arrogant, really. He’s still young and faced with a lot of new fame for something he’s been doing since he was a kid. It happens to everyone who end up at the higher levels of whatever they do, and you can’t get to the top of the World Championships by being a rubbish driver – it’s not something you can learn on a simulator. Remember learning to drive when you were a teenager? It was damn difficult (I’m learning at the moment) and you certainly couldn’t learn from a computer game. Remember that and then compare it to what he has to do.

I don’t really dislike any of the drivers, except for Alonso but that’s just because I think he’s an idiot. And he has ridiculous hair.

Besides, it’s nice having a Brit who’s good at sports. We seem to be having a spate of them at the moment, what with the Olympics and Hamilton too. I can put up with a bit of arrogance if he wins (and I bet any money that if he does, people will say they supported him all along.)

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THE POINT IS THAT LEWIS IS HATED FOR A REASON, HE IS DOUBLE FACE. NOBODY CARES IF HE IS ARROGANT OR NOT. HE LIES ALL THE TIME, AND ON TOP OF THAT HE PUTS A BABY INNOCENT FACE… NO MEN CAN TAKE THAT, AT LEAST THE OTHER DRIVERS WHEN THEY LIE, THEY DO NOT OVER REACT, AND THEY KNOW THAT PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE LIYING FOR POLITICAL/TACTICAL REASONS. HAMILTON NO, HE BELIEVES IN HIS LIES, AND TRY TO TRULY CHEAT ON EVERYONE. THAT IS WHY HE IS HATED, BECAUSE HE IS A SELFISH LIER KID.

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I really hope that Lewis Hamilton wins the GP 2008, he deserves it. Why don’t people stop picking on him. He’s a very talented driver for someone so young. I do not like Alonso, what an arse! Good Luck Lewis, we are all behind you.

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