“At Least I Don’t Have a Bitter Life” – Lewis Hamilton & Danica Patrick Unite to Defend Naomi Schiff from F1 Trolls

Published 06/21/2022, 12:45 PM EDT
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA – OCTOBER 02: Danica Patrick speaks onstage at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit 2018 at Ritz Carlton Hotel on October 2, 2018 in Laguna Niguel, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Fortune)

Some time ago, racing driver Naomi Schiff caught some worthless flak when she recently became a presenter for Sky Sports. Apparently, somebody on social media questioned her credentials, and triggered a massive backlash. Fortunately, Schiff has several people backing her up. Chief among them is F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton. And now, former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has backed her.

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For the F1 Canadian Grand Prix, Patrick made an appearance on the Sky Sports panel as a guest pundit. Suffice to say, she called out the people who questioned the Rwandan-Belgian driver. Patrick said, “She has a much louder voice than the five seconds the person who has a tweet is going to have. The way I always looked at it was: At least I don’t have a bitter life – because that’s all they can do is shout out negativity.”

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“It just shows you their headspace and, to be honest, all of the drivers said that and so I just echo them. It’s a situation you’ll never completely cure, but every now and then it’s a little bit fun to poke it and get people to fight the battle for you.”

What all led to Danica Patrick saying that?

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The criticism that Naomi Schiff initially faced was unfounded, as she is a hugely competent driver. The 28-year-old won the 2014 Clio Cup China Series and finished 2nd in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring Cup X. So it is safe to say that she is more than qualified to be an expert in the motor racing field.

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Danica Patrick evidently felt the same and threw her full support behind Schiff.

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talks to the media during the Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Hopefully, she will be back behind the microphone for future races. Hamilton even called the former w series driver a “great asset” to the sport. Danica Patrick revealed that many other drivers pledged their support, and she was merely echoing the sentiment.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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