Lewis Hamilton's Legacy: Start to Finish

Mustafa SariContributor IApril 16, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - APRIL 05:  The drivers helmet of Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes is seen in his team garage before the start of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on April 5, 2009 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

I want to write an article about Lewis Hamilton because the media, fans, and FIA love him so much. He is a great star for Formula 1 but his legacy is getting worse every day.

I like Hamilton's aggression on circuits but what he did to Trulli was bad for his reputation. To be honest, I never liked Ron Dennis or the McLaren Team but new CEO Martin Whitmarsh started a season with "Liegate." This is unfair for Martin.

I am frightened to think that Dennis had an effect on events in Melbourne. I don't want to believe this but McLaren have had a bad reputation on many occasions like in Hungary in  2007, Hamilton's race penalties, and "Spygate." This should be a limit for a team.

Hamilton is a great talent but he must improve his reputation. If not, even if he has the most championships, people will hate him and never want to remember his successes. This is a fact of sports. 

McLaren makes life harder to Lewis. In circuit, the team has done well but the team forgets rules sometimes, something McLaren must work on. Hamilton's legacy may rise on circuits but his reputation struggles.

Fernando Alonso committed the same mistake in 2007 when he had a fight with his team. His reputation suffered and the media didn't help much. I know Lewis will never read this article but he has great talent.

I think he should pay more attention to racing than politics. He has a long way to go but with a bad reputation, his retiring time will come earlier than we hope.

Lewis Hamilton's legacy will continue but only Hamilton can decide how his reputation in Formula 1 will end up.