Lewis Hamilton: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

AnthonyCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2008

Lewis Hamilton did show up for the Thursday FIA international news conference. Despite Bleacher's patrons opinion's no ambulance was needed afterward. Fernando explained how he would help Massa if given the chance in a politically correct well rehearsed answer.

Robert Kubica swore he didn't single Hamilton out for making dangerous moves and as a whole Kimi was quite chatty. Lewis Hamilton though apparently could see no evil, hear no evil and spoke no evil. He stated he felt as strong as ever. But I ask you ; does this look like a confident man?

When questions went to the floor the questions that most F1 fans wanted answered started getting asked.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association) Do Fernando or Kimi feel anything about Lewis’s driving this season, that perhaps it’s been a bit over the edge?
No comment.
FA: No comment.

Both Kimi and Fernando answering the question with silence gives you the succinct feeling that Lewis is a marked man this weekend. Not only will the stewards be looking out for Lewis but so will his fellow drivers as well.

Q: (Ian Parkes - The Press Association) Lewis, could I just ask you about your mood coming into this race because following what happened in Fuji you’ve received quite a lot of criticism from both drivers old and new, past and present…

LH: Have I? Well, I haven’t seen that. I was in Tokyo for a couple of days and then I came here and I’ve not really paid any attention to it. When you have not such a good race there’s always going to be criticism which doesn’t matter whether it’s positive or negative, you move forward, you put it in the past but coming here, I feel just as strong as I always do.

If Lewis says anything more important it was this statement; "Have I?" Well, I haven't seen that. I was in Tokyo for a couple of days and then I came here and I've not really paid attention to it." Clearly he contradicts himself here with such a Freudian slip it almost makes for good comedy.

Q: (Livio Oricchio - O Estado de Sao Paulo) Lewis, last year in Interlagos you made a mistake in the last race. When Alonso overtook you, you tried to overtake him and then you made a mistake. In this last race, the nature of the mistake was very similar: Kimi overtook you, you tried to recover the place and you made a mistake. How are you emotionally at this race which could result in the world championship?

LH: Firstly, in Brazil I didn’t try to overtake him and make a mistake. Fernando was on the outside and he braked a little bit earlier than I anticipated and so I had to try to avoid him, so I went wide and that forced me to go off, so that wasn’t a manoeuvre trying to overtake. In the last race, it was a racing manoeuvre and it didn’t come off but that’s motor racing, what can you do? I don’t plan on changing my approach, it’s not necessary.

I think the manuveure that didn't come off was they he and Heikki failed to take a Ferrari out of the race.

I'll end this with a Chinese proverb;A picture is worth a thousand words.