Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lewis Hamilton - Bernie's comments make me nervous

The boss of Formula 1 and their chief executive, who initially pitched the idea of Hamilton moving to Mercedes, has recently revealed that Red Bull and not Mercedes was actually the Briton's first choice for 2013 when he had decided to leave McLaren.

Ecclestone, who loves to be in the news and make controversial statements, which are most often not untrue but need to be taken with a pinch of salt, has been quoted in another interview to Sportsvibe as saying, “I like Lewis but it hasn’t appeared as though his feet have been on the ground in recent times. People think he’s arrogant, which he’s not, but that’s the perception of him and he’s only got himself to blame for that. I’m not sure the Pussycat has helped and also the fact that Ron Dennis at McLaren sheltered him too much. He was very good to him but when Ron stopped being hands on with the Formula 1 team Lewis was like the rebel teenage son wanting to leave home.”

Hamilton replied through British reporters saying, “I’m not quite sure why Bernie keeps making comments about me. It makes me a little bit nervous because we have quite a good relationship.”

When asked about Ecclestone’s claim that he ‘rolled his eyes’ initially at Mercedes, and that Red Bull was his first choice Hamilton answered: “There was no team I was particularly pushing for. At the end of the day I chose to be here and I’m happy here. It’s the best decision I ever made.”

Flavio Briatore, the former Renault boss, was asked about Ecclestone’s Hamilton comments, and said: “I think that is not true. Lauda has been trying for years to bring him to Mercedes, to the point that he made him an offer he could not refuse,” he is quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport. (GMM)

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