Eddie Jordan Gives Sage Advice to ‘Nice Guy’ Lewis Hamilton

Published 12/14/2021, 11:43 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race and world championship with race and world championship winner Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed in the race Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Everyone will remember the championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The two drivers went toe-to-toe for an entire season, which was decided on the last lap of the last race. Verstappen became the world champion with pure determination and some luck. But former Jordan team principal Eddie Jordan mention Hamilton lost the title because he was a nice guy.

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Hamilton battled throughout the season fairly and aggressively. But he could not stop Verstappen from clinching the title. Jordan mentioned Verstappen deserved to be the champion of the 2021 season.

The Dutch driver had many on-track battles with the Mercedes driver. Mostly in their battles, Max came out on top as Lewis played the wheel-to-wheel battles safely and backed out of them. Jordan noticed Lewis’ reluctance to fight for every inch and stated that he is too nice.

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Eddie Jordan Wants Lewis Hamilton to get rid of his niceness

As reported by Planetf1, the Irishman mentioned Hamilton is less aggressive now than he was when he joined. He also advised the Mercedes driver to toughen up for the next season.

“You can’t deny Verstappen the right to the championship. However, on the other side, I think Hamilton has opened the door. He’s allowed someone as aggressive and arrogant as Verstappen to upset him and steal his title from him,” said Jordan.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

“I think Lewis has been too nice for too long and I think he needs to harden himself up again. For me, it’s his body language. Listen to the way he spoke afterward–he was so sporting. All of Britain can be so proud of what he’s doing, but nice guys don’t win titles and he’s become a nice guy.

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“He’s the best driver I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen some really top drivers in my time, so for me to say that I’m really putting him on a pedestal,” said the former team principal.

This could be potent advice for Lewis Hamilton for his 2022 season. Next year, he will partner with George Russell, who is another young and aggressive driver in Formula One. Hamilton would need to be at his A-game to beat the up-and-coming youngster who has proven himself to be fast on every circuit.

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Being super aggressive may prove beneficial for the 7-time world champion; Hamilton will probably look to regroup and make another title run in the 2022 season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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