“Drove Like A Rookie…” : F1 Fans Find a Clear Antagonist in Lewis Hamilton After Messy Belgium GP Debacle

Published 08/29/2022, 12:10 PM EDT
SOCHI, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 27, 2020: Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team driver Valtteri Bottas (front) of Finland, the winner, and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team driver Lewis Hamilton (back) of the United Kingdom, 3rd placed, after the race at the 2020 Formula One Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom racing circuit. Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS

The 2022 Belgian Grand Prix is one race Lewis Hamilton will be eager to forget. As F1 returned from the summer break this season, it wasn’t quite a return the Mercedes man wanted. However, fans think Lewis Hamilton got to blame nobody else but himself for the shunt.

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The race at Spa Francorchamps saw Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso tangle with each other on Lap 1. The Mercedes driver tried to go around the Alpine man, and that was when Hamilton’s tire got nicked. Mercedes W13’s right rear tire got tangled with Alpine’s left front, resulting in Hamilton going airborne.

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The British International started from P4 and wanted to have a podium finish for sure. However, he failed in his try and fans think Lewis Hamilton is only to be blamed for the debacle. Fans on this shared their opinions and stated, “Hamilton drove like a rookie, ruining Alonso’s mega start. Credit lost Hamilton.

A fan named Simon Martinez further shared, “And Hamilton doing once again whatever dangerous driving and no penalty”

After the hit, Hamilton had to retire from the race immediately. The Silver Arrows ace parked his car outside of the track and walked his way out. On the other hand, Alonso got a decent finish in P5, finishing ahead of Charles Leclerc in the sheet. Even though the Spanish driver started from P3, it must’ve been better than retirement.

What else do the F1 fans had to say about the Lewis Hamilton debacle?

The fans have shared their thoughts on the official 2022 F1 Belgian Grand Prix video on YouTube. On the highlights clip uploaded by F1’s official channel, the fans poured in their thoughts. One of the fans named Faust Tsui wrote, “Ham (Hamilton) needs to understand that Alonso is no Nico (Nico Rosberg), he just can’t bump his way to the top anymore.”

Another fan named Marco stated that “ Lewis can’t drive side by side, he has proved this over and over. To a degree, what Alonso said about him only knowing how to start 1st is very accurate.”

While a fan named Noah Black wrote, “You would expect Lewis to have given Fernando more room but still a big mistake from lewis.”

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Among many fans, Mika Hendrawan further asserted, “Lewis said Fernando in his BLIND SPOT while actually Fernando was in front of him when they are hit the corner”

Soon after the shunt, Alonso made comments on the radio on Hamilton’s move on the track. The Mercedes driver didn’t take it well, as a matter of fact. However, the Mercedes star accepted that his move was indeed risky.

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As the seven-time world champion failed to pick up any points on Sunday, he sits at P6 with 146 points in the driver’s standings. This means Hamilton is 24 points behind his teammate George Russell and 138 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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