You love Lewis Hamilton, or you hate him – but there is no denying that he is currently the best driver on the circuit. With Kimi struggling badly, Alonso in a mediocre car, and Massa never being a natural driver, it is not difficult to find the best car+driver combination in the circuit.
But I am not writing this post to praise him; instead this is about his sportsmanship, or rather the lack of it. Till yesterday I had been neutral to him, but now I’d really hate it if he wins the Drivers’ Championship. Yesterday at Monza at times he was lapping 2 seconds faster than anyone else on the track, and even then while overtaking he was forcing the other cars off the track. Ok, I understand he started 15th and had to race brilliantly to get in to the points – I am not denying that he did not have a brilliant race, his driving was amazing – but why the unnecessary shoves, and nudges? He forced Mark Webber outside the track, when overtaking Alonso he immediately forced his car in front of the Renault making Alonso take evasive action even though Lewis had the track, and the speed to cross Alonso comfortably. And this was not just an isolated incident; there were many such incidents where even when he had the firepower to overtake easily, he was forcing other drivers off the track, and take evasive actions. Hamilton drove wonderfully for the 7th position, but he crossed the thin line that separates aggressive and fair driving from unsportsmanlike and unfair driving.
Hope Massa wins the Drivers’ Championship. Vettel was awesome – deservedly won the race – and so was Kubica. Hardly anybody noticed him till the last few laps – when it was clear that he’d have a podium finish to show for BMW’s awesome strategy, and his near flawless driving.