“Nothing…Is Going to Stop Me”: Lewis Hamilton Claps Back at Helmut Marko’s ‘Disrespectful’ Claims

Published 05/06/2022, 5:18 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 22, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The Imola race was a disaster for Lewis Hamilton. First, he got stuck into a DRS train and the worst came when his 2021 championship title rival, Max Verstappen, lapped him. After the race, the Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said, “he was lapped by us, so maybe he should have stopped last year”.

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But the 37-year-old responded back to the Red Bull chief’s comments in Miami. Ahead of the Friday practice, the Mercedes man claimed to fill himself with those disrespects and insults as fuel to fight harder this season.

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Hamilton said, “People always love you when your up and love to kick you when your down. That’s part of life. Naturally, I’ve seen some of the things people who I have grown up admitting as a kid, and even in my sport, that have come out with certain comments. Some disrespectful. Some are not particularly respectful. I take that as fuel. I’m putting that into the pot.”

“Four bad races, or five, six, seven, ten bad races is going to stop me from doing what I love doing. It’s not going to stop me in my tracks.” He further states, “That for me just highlights to those people, nothing you say or do will stop me in my tracks”

Lewis Hamilton protested against the jewelry ban

The governing body of Formula One reintroduced the ban on drivers wearing jewelry during a competitive event. However, these new rules created quite a havoc in the paddock as most drivers didn’t take them positively. Hamilton is one of those drivers who is clearly not a fan of this particular regulation.

 

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Hamilton appeared for the official press conference ahead of the Miami Friday Practice wearing quite a lot of jewelry and three watches. The F1 driver protested against the new rule and suggested that he will continue fighting against the rule.

The seven-time world champion even talked about wearing his platinum jewelry for so many medical tests, never having to take it off. So, he doesn’t understand what problem FIA has with jewelry.

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Hamilton is taking his protest very seriously and is even ready to take on punishment from FIA for wearing jewelry. There are speculations that if Hamilton doesn’t follow the rules, then he might not race in the inaugural Miami race.

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The silent war between the seven-time world champion and FIA keeps getting intense as the season continues. It would be fascinating to see what will be the outcome of this battle.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

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