Mick Schumacher Not a Fan of Lewis Hamilton’s Solution to Handling Bad Traffic

Published 10/07/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


Lewis Hamilton doesn’t seem to be a driver who goes against the rules; however, one can never truly know. As the driver’s conference is underway, a fan question revealed a rebellious side to the racer.

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A fan asked Hamilton and his conference partner, Mick Schumacher how they react to the maddening traffic on the road. Lewis candidly explained that when traffic is unbearable, he takes out his motorbike; he does this to go down the middle to avoid getting stuck. Surprised, Mick retaliated, “That’s not allowed though, is it!?”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna

Having exposed himself, Hamilton quickly replied, “I didn’t know that!”

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While it is allowed to filter traffic in the UK, it’s usually unheard of in other countries. While Schumacher is surely a gentleman on the German streets, defying road rules would be atypical of him.

Lewis Hamilton discusses his milestones

While Hamilton runs away from the traffic on the roads, the traffic loves Hamilton! After his historical 100th victory, Hamilton spent his weeks off in Paris. However, before Paris, Lewis made a pitstop home. As the champion arrived at the streets of London; no motorbike could save him from the love he received.

With the crowds chanting his name and welcoming their hero, Hamilton had described his surreal experience in London. ‘ “I traveled from Sochi to London, and in the streets of the city, people were shouting at me – 100, 100! I was approached every step of the way about this victory, there was so much positivity.” 

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Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Unexpected, yet deserved, for a driver who feeds off the positive energy of the fans, Hamilton is surely ready for Turkey. Further, the circuit also brings back memories of his 7th title victory last season.

Dumbfounded at how soon he’s had to return to the Park, Hamilton remembered the last time he raced in Turkey. ” It’s crazy how time flies! It’s just a shame that after Corona we didn’t even have the chance to enjoy our title win with a nice celebration. I miss that.”

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With two milestones achieved in the last year, the Mercedes driver faces tougher competition this time around. Only two points ahead of Max Verstappen, Hamilton would want to increase the lead as much as he can at the Turkish GP.

Watch this story: Lewis Hamilton’s Rendezvous in Paris

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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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