Lewis Hamilton, Quit Whining and Drive

 By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published November 14, 2016

Lewis Hamilton has been whining about his engine and other mechanical issues with Mercedes this season. Hamilton needs to quit complaining and drive his heart out for the championship.

Locally, the popular names in Motorsports are David Summerbell Junior, Doug “Hollywood” Gore and Kyle Gregg, all of who gave the fans a treat at last month’s Heroes of Speed event at the Dover Raceway.

On the international scene, though, the actions of one of the leading names in Motorsports have been gnawing on my consciousness for a while. Interestingly, several of my friends and those of my own race have been giving him a colossal pass. Who is the individual? The British driver, Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton is the reigning world champion of Formula 1 racing, the pinnacle of Motorsports internationally.

Obama to Trump: Stop ‘Whining’ About ‘Rigged’ Election © KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

Obama to Trump: Stop ‘Whining’ About ‘Rigged’ Election
© KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

A month ago, President Obama essentially told the world that he was sick of Donald Trump’s whining about a “rigged” election. Satirically, he indicated that Trump should go out there, build his case, and acquire the necessary votes if he wants to win the 2016 US Presidential Elections. Ironically, Trump did just that.

In a similar manner, I’m sick of Lewis Hamilton’s whining about the system, gods or Mercedes engines being rigged against him. He should quit whining, go out there, and win races if he wants to win the 2016 Formula 1 world championship.

Disaster for Hamilton as he climbs out of his car after engine failure. Rosberg finished third behind Red Bull one-two. (Photo credit: AP)

Disaster for Hamilton as he climbs out of his car after engine failure at the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix. Rosberg finished third behind Red Bull one-two.
(Photo credit: AP)

Seven weeks ago, Hamilton went into a strange tirade after his engine blew while he was leading the Malaysian Grand Prix. Quite boldly, he demanded answers from Mercedes about his engine failures compared to other drivers with the same engines. Hamilton, however,  needs to gaze in the mirror and question if his “overdriving-on-the-edge” methods have been putting undue stress on his Mercedes engines, causing them to fail.

Hamilton went on further in his tirade and remarked, “Something or someone doesn’t want me to win this year”. Unsurprisingly, this statement placed a major cloud of mistrust and conspiracy over the Mercedes team, forcing its principals to address the statement.

Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead to 19 points heading into the summer break with a dominant victory in Germany, as team mate Nico Rosberg was beaten into fourth place by the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead to 19 points heading into the 2016 summer break with a dominant victory in Germany, as team mate Nico Rosberg was beaten into fourth place by the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Strangely, when Hamilton won six of seven races in the middle of this season and he had the lead in the driver’s championship, no whining from him was heard. However, Hamilton has a pattern of whenever things do not go his way he begins to whine and claim things are rigged against him. Sounds similar to Donald Trump, doesn’t it?

In his first season, Hamilton complained after the Monaco Grand Prix that McLaren, his then-team, prevented him from racing against his then teammate Fernando Alonso, the then-reigning world champion. A charge, the governing body of Motorsports, the FIA investigated and dismissed unequivocally as false.

Lewis Hamilton wins as Nico Rosberg climbs out of his car after retiring from the British grand prix at Silverstone (Photo credit: AFP)

Lewis Hamilton wins as Nico Rosberg climbs out of his car after retiring from the 2014 British Grand Prix at Silverstone
(Photo credit: AFP)

In 2014, Nico Rosberg, Hamilton’s current teammate, suffered two mechanical failures during the British and Singapore Grands Prix. These failures saw Rosberg lose his enormous championship lead and eventually the title to Hamilton. Strangely, Rosberg wasn’t heard claiming, “individuals or something doesn’t want him to win this year,” or anything close to it since mechanical failures are a part of racing.

When Hamilton benefitted from Rosberg’s demise, he was mum, no complaints. Similarly, I wish to hear no complaints from Hamilton about his car, or team, or God, or his teammate or the media being rigged against him or not wanting him to win this year. It is racing, get to it and let your driving do the talking. I for one have had enough of his ‘spoiled-brat’ and ‘why me’ behaviour.

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Hamilton, when asked about his relationship with Rosberg, snapped: “We’re not friends, we’re colleagues”.

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Lewis Hamilton says he and Nico Rosberg are cool and still friends

Childishly, if Rosberg is leading Hamilton in the championship, Hamilton declares, “We are not friends!” As soon as Hamilton leads Rosberg in the championship or wins it, Hamilton proclaims, “We are friends!” GROW UP!

Before yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, there are two races left in the season. There are 50 points on offer and Hamilton needs to redeem only 19 points to retain the driver’s championship. As one friend would say, put up or shut up. Unquestionably, Hamilton needs to reveal his championship mettle for the fight. Or, on the other hand, does he only crave to whine.

Fraser McConnell (centre), with mother Stephanie collecting his 2015 Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Circuit Racing championship trophy from Monique Gibbs, JRDC president. (Photo credit: Jamaica Observer)

Fraser McConnell (centre), with mother Stephanie collecting his 2015 Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) Circuit Racing championship trophy from Monique Gibbs, JRDC president.
(Photo credit: Jamaica Observer)

Before I leave, I ought to congratulate 17-year-old Fraser McConnell for securing the 2016 Dover Circuit Racing Championship, his second consecutive title. Well done, son. I am looking forward to improved things in the future.

Until next time…

© Zaheer Clarke

Zaheer E. Clarke is an award-winning freelance sportswriter whose articles have been published by ESPN Cricinfo, Western Mirror, The Jamaica Observer, Trinidad Express, Essentially Sports and others.

He can be reached at zaheer.clarke@gmail.com. Follow him on Facebook at Zaheer Facts, Lies & Statistics, or on Twitter at @zaheerclarke.

This blog article was also published in the Western Mirror on November 14, 2016.

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