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