Lewis Hamilton Comes Under Jeremy Clarkson’s Line of Fire – “We All Want to Throw Something at Him”

Published 10/31/2021, 9:08 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 9, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference Pool via REUTERS/Luca Bruno


Top Gear journalist Jeremy Clarkson is often notorious for his criticism of Lewis Hamilton. After his most recent dig at Hamilton’s Met Gala attire, Clarkson is at it again. This time, Clarkson accuses Hamilton of having changed too much.

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“The problem is that Lewis has changed.” Clarkson’s Twitter is filled with his opinions on the seven-time champion, but this time, he takes another route. Diverting from the usual racing criticism, Clarkson said that at a point, earlier in his career, the “normal” Hamilton was “bright and talented.”

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Now, with Hamilton using his influence for causes he believes in, Clarkson thinks it has altered the driver. “Then he decided to go woke and right-on and more politically correct than a student union AGM.”

Hamilton extensively uses his Instagram to promote causes and organizations that could benefit from his platform. Clarkson finds this redundant. “All this might work well on social media but in the real world, where people live, it doesn’t work at all… instead, we all just want to throw something at him.”

Lewis Hamilton acknowledges his change

Ahead of Clarkson’s comments, Hamilton sat down with SkySports F1 and discussed the very same topic. Lewis knows he has changed from his initial days in the sport; this has only worked to his benefit from where he is now.

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Where Clarkson demeans Hamilton’s “politically correct” stance, the champ draws encouragement from it. In the interview, Hamilton had said, “I’ve been drawing on feeding off this energy of doing this positive work… Is it helping me race? I think so, yeah. It’s like my new drive and I feel like it’s giving me more longevity because it’s a lot of work we have to do.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to win the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Further, Hamilton embraces this change. To him, he has become a better racer because of it. “I think mentally, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. And I think that’s been a real big part of it… I arrive and I do what I love doing. I think that’s been a positive.”

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Lewis has become tougher and more composed than the person he was fourteen years ago. Jeremy Clarkson’s criticism is almost baseless in this aspect; fourteen years is a long time, and with the challenges the sport throws at its drivers, if the change is for the better, why not?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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