"Get over it!" : Lewis Hamilton on criticism of his F1 domination
Lewis Hamilton has mounted a robust defence of his current position as the driver to beat in F1, saying that anti-fans who say he's only winning be...
Lewis Hamilton has mounted a robust defence of his current position as the driver to beat in F1, saying that anti-fans who say he's only winning because he has a dominant car need to 'get over it.'
The world champion posted Friday on his BBC Sport Website Driver Column about how proud he is to be on the verge of equalling the records of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna and added that all dominant drivers in the sport's history who have benefitted from a dominant car have also added value in their driving, which has made the difference,
"While we're on the subject of records, I want to address some criticisms I hear from time to time about my position in Mercedes and our performance as a team at the moment.
People sometimes say things like, 'Well, he's in the best team with the best car - of course he's winning.'
When I hear that, I think to myself that they are kind of missing the point.
All the top drivers who have had periods of dominance, whether it be Sebastian Vettel or Michael Schumacher or whoever, they have all been in top teams with great cars. So people need to get over that.
Motorsport is not like tennis or golf where results are solely down to the athlete.
But there are still significant differences between the drivers. They might only be a tenth of a second in terms of lap time, but in our world that is worth a lot of money.
Teams spend millions to find that amount of time in the cars."
Hamilton is a two times winner of the Singapore Grand Prix and goes into Sunday's race with a 53 point lead over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who had his first retirement of the season in Monza two weeks ago.
Hamilton can equal Senna's record from the 1980s of 8 consecutive pole positions on Saturday and a day later can equal his 41 wins from 161 starts with victory at the Marina Bay Circuit.
"You can imagine how special it is to me to be about to equal the number of races Ayrton competed in and, if I win in Singapore on Sunday, to match his number of victories as well," he posted.
"I am so proud to be in a position to emulate him. At the same time, though, I am also aware that if he had not passed away he would have continued and won so many more races and championships, because he was that good.
"Now I am at the stage where I am getting to the levels he was at, it feels a little like a relay race - that I will be picking the baton up for him and carrying it for the both of us from now on."
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