Hamilton Must Be Pissed Off With Lauda
If I were Lewis Hamilton, I would be pissed with Niki Lauda. After all the bromance shared in the last few seasons, including a vodka-induced selfie video, Lauda has given Hamilton at least two reasons to be annoyed with him.
For those who havenâ€™t seen it already, I had proposed â€˜vodka shots on the Formula 1 podiumâ€™ a few months ago.
First, the opening lap clash between Hamilton and Rosberg â€“ Laudaâ€™s remarks that Hamilton was â€˜stupidâ€™ couldâ€™ve influenced the FIA into penalizing the reigning World Champion. Luckily for the driver (and his fans), the FIA termed the clash as a â€˜racing incidentâ€™ with no penalties or reprimands being awarded to either driver. Given that the 2016 Formula 1 Season has been luckless and winless for Hamilton, an FIA penalty (couldâ€™ve been a grid penalty in Monaco) wouldâ€™ve worked against his title defense even more so. (Read: Lewis Hamilton, Can He? Will He?)
Second and the most important reason â€“ Lauda terming Max Verstappen as the â€˜talent of the centuryâ€™! It was preposterous of Lauda to label the teenage sensation with that moniker. After all, it was only after the two Mercedes drivers crashed and Red Bull Racing botched Ricciardoâ€™s tyre strategy did Verstappen win (yes, most people missed VES overtaking VET at Turn 3 on the opening lap!). Either way, whatâ€™s the bonhomie worth if Lauda is going to go praising someone else â€“ that too after just a single race win! (Read: What Formula 1 Can Learn From Rush)