There has been a void where Lewis Hamilton’s social media globetrotting updates usually are since the Singapore Grand Prix. Is this anything to do with his lifestyle impeding his racing? Or is it merely a case of perception he’s concerned with?
Last week, Sir Jackie Stewart claimed that Lewis Hamilton’s busy schedule outside the Formula One paddock was causing the Brit to lose focus. Stewart said,
“Maybe you can bottom out. That can happen through consistent success because when you have consistent success everything can seem so easy.
Suddenly things can go less well — you overdrive, you are not on the ball, or you live a life that distracts you. If you are at the top in any line of work, you can get carried away with success. You think you can get away with things. Then someone else comes along and drives better or more consistently.”
– Sir Jackie Stewart
A more likely reason for Hamilton’s lack of pace in Singapore was a lack of running time in Practice, therefore a shorter-sighted set-up than his team-mate Nico Rosberg. To look for faults in Hamilton when Rosberg puts in such a performance is symptom of a recurring stagnant narrative within the Formula One paddock. There simply has to be a reason other than ‘Rosberg dominated’ for some.
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) September 27, 2016
The idea that Hamilton is losing focus because of his open lifestyle in which he interact with has fans in many more ways than other drivers actually puts off drivers from doing such activities. Do you really think every Formula One driver is the cardboard cutout that turns up at race weekends and faces the press?
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 29, 2016
If the growing notion is that the Three-time World Champion has suddenly become lethargic as a result of having ideas beyond Formula One, then Rosberg must take this perception as an insult.
“Nico, you’re only winning because Hamilton is thinking about the next L’Oreal marketing strategy and surfing with his dogs instead of that upcoming braking zone.”
– Psychoanalytical F1 Pundit
Nah, Rosberg was better in Singapore and looking for reasons beyond that is pretty outlandish. If Hamilton wins in Sepang, we hope he continues to share and engage with his fans in his success. If Rosberg wins in Sepang, it’s because he’s finished ahead of his team-mate, not because he’s racing against a Three-time World Champion who has forgotten how to drive.