Lewis earns his stripes

A lot of people over the past few weeks have made comments on here along the lines of, ‘now that Lewis Hamilton has a rubbish car we’ll see that he’s not actually that good,’ yet his performance on Sunday put paid to that. Or at least it should have.

He dragged a dog of a car from 18th on the grid all the way up to third – yes, Jarno Trulli drove from 20th to third initially, but we know had a very quick, handy car – with a very determined and considered drive. But still people are saying he’s rubbish, and that he was just lucky.

Yet doesn’t luck always play a part in everyone’s races, to a certain extent? Look at Jenson – if Kubica hadn’t got taken out by Vettel, he’d have been all over Button before the end of the race (although I believe Jenson had enough in reserve to keep him there). But isn’t that luck?

They say the true mark of a great driver is to outperform the car, and Lewis certainly did that on the weekend, like Alonso did with his Renault last season.

Lewis also showed a great amount of respect for Button and Brawn too, which goes against the other accusations leveled at him that he’s spoilt and arrogant, saying this:

“I’ve got to say again how much respect and admiration I’ve got for Ross Brawn and all the men and women at Brawn GP.

“Jenson must have had a very worrying winter, and he certainly had a few tough years before that, so he really deserves this success. It must have been a brilliant feeling for him to be able to stand on the podium yesterday, waving to his team.

“I saw a photo of the podium on the internet this morning – he looked really, really happy. They’ve shown just what an incredible sport we have and just how unpredictable F1 can be – I just wish I could have been on the podium to share his celebrations on Sunday.”

So, in my eyes at least, Lewis has answered his critics. It’s also cool that he’s started swearing in interviews – ‘All I said was that for sure if someone did approach me, I wouldn’t tell them to ‘F’ off’ – maybe he’s about to find his rebel streak?

I’ll sit back now under my desk to await the anti-Lewis vitriol, although I am hoping to have a rather more intelligent dicussion about him than that. But I guess that’s up to you…

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Hamilton is the world champion, he would of been in his first season if it had not been for silly little mistakes, but he has learnt from them, and improved and that was seeen by his amazing drive on sunday.
Button, when he first entered F1 was heralded as a future F1 world champion, and all the brits saw him as the golden boy, a replacement to the greatest driver never to have won a world championship, DC, but then didn’t like it when Hamilton turned up and took the lime light. However those who thought “I know I’ll suck up this this kid now.” have jumped back to Button.
Personally I respect those that always supported DC, Button and Hamilton, but loathe those who jump on the bandwagon of the leading brit driver.

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Most of you like lews as a driver because you’re british. Come on, just admit it. Before him did you cheer up for Button in the rubbish honda? did you like him? no. now you do. that’s the think that slips. I’m romanian (yea, a rubbish country) and as we don’t have an f1 driver i think i have an “unobturated” opinion. lews is a spoiled little kid. he’s fast i’m not denying that but i just don’t like him.

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Who was it that said to finish first first you’ve got to finish? piquet

im british and i dont like any british driver and never jump on the bandwagon for them

the best drivers are the drivers that can win in bad cars – the only person to do that in modern f1 is vettel – no one else

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61 above, neglects to include a double WDC in his appraisal of Lewis’s race !!!

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@jps – same here – I am British but I am not a fan of the British drivers, simply because there are other drivers on the grid I admire more/rate more highly. Nothing personal against Lewis or Jenson.

Fair enough if you are a British F1 fan who genuinely admires the talents of the British drivers above the others but I can’t stomach the blind patriotism of mainly casual British F1 fans who only flock to the sport whenever there is a British driver doing well…and then disappear into thin air when they fail.

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you are sad b…

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I hate the little smug bastard. He had one hell of a race though. 3/4 of the drivers there are brilliant in the right car. I still think Kubica is by far the star of the grid. He is robotic like Schuey and was easily the best driver last year. That said, he didn’t finish on Saturday and Lewis did. It was probably his best performance. He put his head down and drove the car, hard but measured. Because he didn’t do anything stupid (or exciting as the Lewis fans call it) like he was regularly doing last year, he was there at the end picked up a free 3 positions. Brilliant and completely deserved.

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hamilton passed a few of the cars that crashed out so you cant blame that on luck. And F1 is about having crashes and engines failures it always happens. I dont like Jenson, he talks throught his teeth, makes him look like a snob.

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for the record, I’m from California, so my reason for being a fan of Lewis is not nationalism.

My reason for backing him is because I can see the greatness in him, the greatness he’s shown so far and the greatness that is yet to come. And I have no problem with saying that he’s Senna 2.0

Senna is the king, but hell, Lewis has accomplished way more than even Senna did in the same amount of time.

The main problem with Hami-haters/Ferrari fans is that they love to play the victim. Every season they like to believe that they’re the underdogs taking on the world, acting as if Ferrari has never won a race or a championship.

Ferrari fans: does it really feel like a triumph for you when Ferrari wins? Like it hasn’t happened many many times before?

I just don’t see the appeal of rooting for Ferrari. “Whoo hoo, Ferrari won!” Again? Wow. Super. What an unbelievable accomplishment. :|

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First of all, anyone who´s into F1 knows that Hamilton is a great driver. One of the best, if not the best. It´s just that it´s fun to mock him a bit. Just think about it, he makes about ten million a year, is dating a hot chick, looks good and is just a cool guy. He succeeds in his sport and last year became the youngest world champion of all time.

All this hating Hamilton-thing is really all about some humorous little envy. It´s just like back in the day when they used to throw them cream cakes into Bill Gates´ face. All in good humour. Though I agree some people take it all too far sometimes.

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More than hating Lewis, I love to hate his dad. Why the hell does he have to stand there in the pits anyway?

Lewis is a big boy now, so i think he can survive without his dad babysitting.

Why wouldn´t daddy Anthony stay at home and sip cognac while watching the race on TV? Because that´s what Kimi´s dad does. Now that´s what a cool daddy does.

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No.86 is the most ridiculous post I’ve ever read. Maybe he likes being at the race, no?

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The best thing is lewis has now been stripped of his points for effectively lying. that is music to my ears. go trulli.

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@88 agreed. puts Ferrari and McLaren back on a even field for Malaysia now. this weekend will be interesting.

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86 Buttons, Piquet and Massas dad are there aswell, Its called being proud, i spose you wouldnt know about that!

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Notice the haters have come now that lewis is doing bad, they couldnt stand it. I think they are people the same age as him and cant stand that they have done nothing with there lives!

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Who would want to be a cheater and a liar who most people hate?

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Re:92

7 time world champion Michael Schumacher?

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@post 77
it really p*****s me off when all of the McLaren and Hamilton fans are now fans of Brawn and Button just because thay are winning if Brawn start losing then they will undoubtedly move back to McLaren. Ive always been a loyal Toyota and McLaren Fan since i started watching F1 which was admittedly only 3 years ago

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At least Schumacher never lied.

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94 where have you got this idea?
im hamilton fan was mclaren, im going off mclaren after the misleading incident but im not switching to any other team.

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“Ferrari fans: does it really feel like a triumph for you when Ferrari wins? Like it hasn’t happened many many times before?”
McLaren isn’t short on wins isn’t it? If you are British and don’t admire everything in racing that’s British then you’re my men. I’m getting fed up with this F1 press who likes whoever is at the top.

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I hate LH

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Give LH a break and give Ryan his job back

So they bent the truth at work how many people can say they havnt

The only crime they commited was getting caught. Common FIA and F1 slap there wrists let them say sorry and lets go racing as a Ferrari fan I dont like seeing my team not on the top step. But I am so pleased for Brawn and Button they have dont an amazing job and long may the scraps with Toyota ReD Bull Williams and BMW they have ivested time and a lot of cash lets have more close racing just hope that ferrari will join in soon

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I think that Lewis Hamilton is the best driver on the grid in a long time and he has done the best he can with the car that he has got so all of the people who put him down should remember that he is the world champion.

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