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Hamilton feeling heat of F1 fight

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by Andrew Benson (U1647787) 18 June 2008
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Lewis Hamilton says he is struggling to deal with the pressure of bidding to win the Formula One title.

The McLaren driver's remarks come after he was hit with a 10-place grid penalty for crashing into title rival Kimi Raikkonen in the pits in the last race.

"The sport is fun, but there's a way you have to learn to enjoy it," he said in an interview with BBC Sport.

"There's so much pressure, and I can't begin to explain how much pressure I have on my shoulders."

Hamilton also discusses his hopes for the future of the British Grand Prix, and his hopes for this year's race.

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posted Jun 19, 2008

"the double standards are funny eh! never ceasing to amaze me how so many people work themselves into heated frenzies by posting their hates, hate (irrationally i know!) Man Utd, so i don't goon their forums, simple, life is better. negative and hate are different, what i see on so many F1 forums is not negative, its hate."

talking about the Alonso hate from this forum?

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Heh if he's whinging he learnt it from the master of all whingers, Alonso. It doesn't come across as moaning to me to be honest but whatever you can aim at him eh? There is a lot of pressure on him from our media unfortunately, as there is in every other sport in this country whenever there is a whiff of success and reflected glory which is why we consistently underachieve. However I don't think that has really affected him yet.

It is natural for top sportsmen to put pressure on themselves to achieve. That is nothing new. I think he is just explaining it not moaning about it.

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posted Jun 19, 2008

since the arrival of lewis hamilton there has been nothing but problems in F1 he is jinxed i tell you!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

I think this sums it all up!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Yes, but the racing has never been so good!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Slicks-n-Wings (U10101967)

Yes, but the racing has never been so good!

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agreed! pity the 'hello' reading haters don't understand this ;-)

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posted Jun 19, 2008

Dear all,

I do apologise to some of you I didn’t come back with any more comments. Not enough time and mainly whoever has true and realistic view can see the things for themselves.

But my colleagues, mainly (nice) guys and gentlemen said it is not good “to shout it out from the roof and run away”. So here I come back again. Definitely have no time and energy to argue and to respond to people who just aim to argue. When I write something it is just a view and opinion. And I don’t look too much for the “supporters”. You can’t change what people think and see for themselves. But I am very happy and thankful when I see people with the same vision as me. But if not – I can’t change that. Except keep doing my “job”. I do have people who share my views and opinions. You know the people who really support you and that’s enough. I know who is involved in my life and that’s it. The other may just sit and talk and watch :) Welcome to the show.

And one of my biggest example about this situation and how to deal with pressure from people and media, who expect too much from you and are never content with what you do is a race driver from F1. (Long story to write and express now – some other time maybe).

Because that person knows who really supports him and trust him, why bother about the other people. Plus get down to the REAL BUSINESS. So I am thankful for any comment support and understanding of the view but even if there is nobody, life keeps going on. Definitely some of the articles and comments on F1 Forum (and other sports BBC forums) are pure quality, we can learn a lot from people more experienced and knowledgeable than us, etc. Well done, I would say to all of them!

But WOW – I didn’t think I was going to cause such a controversy!! You may believe it or not – everybody is free to do that – but I said it many times and it is true – I am not in the “club” of Hamilton haters. Honestly have no time for that and for too many negative emotions. Plus he is not related to me so why bother. I am just REALISTIC and share what I see and what I knew. Plus a lot of other read material, observations, articles, etc. Other peoples’ views, etc.

Do you know I really want to see Murray Walker’s deep view about what he sees in the drivers these days. Whom he would pick not only as a racing driver but like a personal qualities, performance from all possible angles, even as a role models, etc. I would love to see the views of Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn, etc. Just name it. But their real thoughts and views not what we or anybody want to hear. Definitely we will learn something new and positive.

And I really have no problem Lewis Hamilton winning the WD Championship this year. I may not like it and have my own opinion, but you can’t fight the facts and the achievements. But for me there are Achievements and “achievements”. It’s just my view, opinion, thoughts, what I see in the whole picture. That’s the “problem” with me – I look for the whole picture. And definitely behind every single sport’s or any achievement there are many people involved. Like Schumi says “The flowers of victory belong in many vases”. The problem is even if Lewis Hamilton says this so many times, I would not believe him 100%. And not only about him, there are others in this sports “club” too. From football, from athletics, etc. But that’s my “problem”. I can’t enjoy their achievements fully. But acknowledge that they are “achievements”.

I found this comment from b1rabbitt (U10298845), on the matter. Quote:

“Lewis is a very very good racing driver, who can race, and is blisteringly quick (although not the quickest in F1 at the moment, in my opinion Alonso is),and this praise is from a Ferrari fan.
But what he lacks is sufficient race craft to recover a race when things start to go wrong, this is something which will either come with time, or simply wont come at all, and Lewis will be placed in the same catergory as numerous drivers who have been quick but unsuccesful.
My point is, that being quick is fantastic, and goes a long way to help a driver to become a champion, but Lewis is not a champion. He has not won anything yet, so will people stop wineing on about his brilliant career.”

I think and support the same for now. But you never ever know – LH may change his attitude and approach (actually there are so many advices from people, more knowledgeable and with greater life experience than me, in this forum), he may listen to some of these advices, (even from strangers, if they are the right ones and would help him to develop his driving talent.), and be a different driver. I don’t label somebody and that’s it. But definitely this is not my business. We here just share views, opinions and there are times we learn from each others views, opinions, knowledge. I don’t focus on the people who like to argue on this forum. They can say whatever they want, it is their right.

Ok, I planned to write an article for the coming Wimbledon (I reckon it is going to be a thriller both men and women), and something about F1 French GP – but from some years ago. Not sure will make it though. But will try to try…

If you don’t “hear” me before the weekend – let’s enjoy something very special over the weekend in France. I want to see M. Schumacher’s involvement more. You can hate me for that statement and wish, but I want to see it especially in France.

And by the way – was so funny yesterday, because when I wrote the “controversial” comment I didn’t know and see the photo of Naomi Campbell in yesterday’s Metro that time. I saw it quite late and I was smiling. Laughing. If I saw it in the morning probably I would never write it down like that. So the comment was authentic! I was enjoying it! Did you?!... But it’s true :)

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posted Jun 19, 2008

bloody hell that was an epic!!

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posted Jun 19, 2008

i tried to turn my laptop over a few times... and then realised it wasn't a book

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posted Jun 19, 2008

i liked b1rabbits contribution too, i was well considered and didnt seem to be the witless rankings of a hater

but i dind't agree with it all ...."But what he lacks is sufficient race craft to recover a race when things start to go wrong, this is something which will either come with time, or simply wont come at all"

he has show that he has this ability twice already this season that i clearly remember. 1st in turkey when he had to put in an extra pitstop because he is hard on his tyres). and didn't he have a great race!

the second was in Monaco, where he was one of only a few drivers who managed to do just what you say he doesn't again. he didn't let a puncture and the nagging doubts that most of us would have about hitting the wall bother him. he went on to have an excellent race.

yep, you can argue he caused both problems. but that is probably the reality for a good proportion of the incidents in races that any driver has to recover from.

i guess we would agree that you cant enough of this quality. and LH needs more. but he has got and, and he has shown it.

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