“Salesman” – Dutch GP Director Questions Lewis Hamilton’s Sincerity

Published 09/30/2021, 8:22 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme next to Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton claimed his 100 victory in Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsports after securing first place in the 2021 Russian GP. However, it came a bit later than what was expected. Hamilton started the 2021 season with 95 victories to his name. He claimed his 99 at the British Grand Prix back in July.

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Since then he has had to wait for five races, till he could win again, and claim the 100. This is mostly because Hamilton is having to work harder because of the challenge that Red Bull has put up to the Mercedes this season. Former F1 driver Jan Lammer believes that the world champion is showing his true self more and more in the fight with Verstappen.

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Lewis Hamilton is not sincere, according to Lammer

In a podcast with NOS Formula 1, Jan Lammers commented on how he sees this. “With all due respect of course, but I think in terms of Hamilton’s image this has been a bit of a problem: that in the past he has often given very politically correct, corporate statements,” Lammers explained, as reported by GPBlog.

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

Of course that’s very nice and very noble, but because of that, you don’t see the real Lewis. Everyone sees that it is a sales pitch. With a salesman, you always wonder if he is sincere and really has the device he’s selling at home,” he further said.

Fight with Max is exposing Hamilton’s true self

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Jan Lemmer believes that Lewis puts up a facade in front of the media and the public. According to him, Lewis tries to create an image of himself, something which isn’t in reality.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“It’s a bit too much ‘corporate talk’ and as a result, he actually puts up a smokescreen around his real self. Lately, we’ve been seeing a bit more of his real self, I think also triggered a bit by the clashes with Max,” Lammers said.

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The Red Bull vs Mercedes battle is raging on intensely, and this is the first time since Nico Rosberg that someone has been able to challenge Lewis for the throne. It’s only a matter of time before it’s clear if Lewis would be able to defend his throne, or Max Verstappen will win the title.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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