The Girl On The Billboard to Blame for Lewis Hamilton's Monaco GP Crash?!

Sam HeganCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

ASH, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Formula One diver Lewis Hamilton looks on during the Pro Am of The European Open at the London Golf Club on May 27, 2009 in Ash, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

When I think I’ve heard about every excuse for qualifying bad, leave it to F1 to have a new one. It seems the bad qualifying by last year’s champion Lewis Hamilton was due to an advertising poster depicting American model Jessiqa Pace.

The Italian winemaker, Martini has Jessiqa as their spokesperson and the billboards were up at different locations around the track in Monaco. Hamilton crashed during qualifying on Friday right below the turn that the billboard stands.

It seems the F1 teams asked for the billboards to be either taken down or covered up during the race as it was distracting the drivers. If begs as to why didn’t all the drivers crash in front of one of the billboards.

The way the news release stated that only manly drivers were affected. Therefore, I ask this question, “Since Benjamin Button won the race without difficulty, does this mean Button isn’t interested in women?” I don’t want to be the person that calls him unmanly.

I’ve heard the announcers tell the audience that F1 drivers are the most attentive of all known racing professionals. If this is the case, how could a billboard break their concentration? Personally this excuse sounds somewhat far-fetched and is sounding more like an excuse for bad performance than anything else.

The turn where the billboard is located is a notorious location for the spins that happen regularly during the course of the race. So why is the poster blamed for spins there this past week? It is true Jessiqa Pace is a most beautiful woman, but come on guys, the cause of your spins. I could understand a spin if you were tracing her curves, but not during the race. No, I see an excuse and nothing but an excuse.