DriveTribe F1 podcast: Why do so many F1 fans not rate Lewis Hamilton?

He's a five time world champion now – so is he up there with Fangio, Senna and Schumacher?

1y ago

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Lewis Hamilton has now won FIVE World Championship titles – a feat only achieved by two other men, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher.

Both of those drivers are revered as two of the best to ever get behind the wheel of a Grand Prix car. The question is, why is Hamilton not afforded the same respect by so many fans?

Despite his incredible success in F1, the Mercedes star remains one of the most divisive figures the sport has ever seen.

Ex-F1 driver and Channel 4's pitlane pundit Karun Chandhok joins us again to discuss this, plus where Sebastian Vettel goes from here, whether Max Verstappen can make it a three-way title fight in 2019, and how Dan Ricciardo can change his terrible luck.

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  • I've never had a problem with his driving, there's just something artifical about his persona to me. He is very competitive, but overly emotional and somewhat to me. It's the reason I love Kimi R. so much. Surly at times, for sure, but consistent, and someone you would want to have a beer with at the pub.

      1 year ago
    • This. My aversion to that particular persona is the same one I have for traditional social media, present company excepted - it's all so fake and pseudo-inspirational. Kimi, on the other hand, strikes me a someone who knows it's shallow and...

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        1 year ago
  • The best drivers were from the 1950's and 1960's as they raced in more than one category of racing, such as Indy carLe Mans, Can Am, touring cars and races like the mille Miglia.

    Alonso and Button are currently starting to do these things now so I would say they are better drivers.

      1 year ago
  • He tries to hard to make the name "Hamilton" a brand by making himself a Hollywood star. Motorsportfans generally don't like drivers that act like stars, down to earth drivers are more popular for the most part. His interviews are rather boring as well, it is fine to hear a driver mention how much he enjoys his job but talking about it for a full minute in every interview is repetitive and covers up any emotion. Also you never see him angry or properly unsettled when something goes wrong, he just sounds like a puppy that has been beat with a stick.

      1 year ago
    • I’d agree if a certain james Hunt didn’t have massive popularity... and he was nowhere near down to earth.

        1 year ago
    • Riding a bicycle barefoot is relatively down to earth isn't it? Sure his fuel consumption wasn't down to earth but he didn't act like a big celebrity.

        1 year ago
  • Some people just don’t like to see other people doing well and openly enjoying their lives. Does it affect your life in any way if Lewis Hamilton launches a fashion brand? No. Does it affect your life in anyway if Lewis Hamilton puts a photo of his Pagani Zonda on Instagram? No.

    If this season proves anything, it’s that Lewis can win and win decisively without having the best car. The Ferrari this year was a superior car, but the Mercedes team was better.

      1 year ago
    • No it wasnt, the Ferrari was superior at a few tracks - the Merc was obviously the better car.

        1 year ago
    • Don’t be so ignorant Ferrari clearly had a superior car, Their strategic mistakes and Hamilton’s brilliance made the difference

        1 year ago
  • The reason Hamilton is so controversial now is because he shares too much of himself on social media. That familiarity breeds contempt. Much like Senna and Schumacher, it will take time for Lewis to gain his proper place in history.

      1 year ago
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