Formula One Racing: Is Lewis Hamilton a Frustrated Genius, or Completely Mad?

Craig ChristopherAnalyst IJune 12, 2011

Hamilton in his wounded McLaren
Hamilton in his wounded McLarenPaul Gilham/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton has had another bad weekend and received some harsh criticism from two former champions.

Following on from Monaco, where he attracted a lot of criticism and the attention of the stewards, Hamilton would have been hoping for a less adventurous race day.

Sadly for Lewis, it was not to be.

Due to the inclement weather, race director Charlie Whiting decided to start the race behind the safety car. Whether or not that was a good decision is debatable, but it was a predictable decision.

Hamilton was one who was particularly vocal in expressing his disapproval.

The race finally got under way on lap five, and immediately Hamilton was in the thick of the action. On the exit to turn one, he clipped the rear of Mark Webber’s Red Bull, spinning the Aussie and running himself off the road.

When he returned to the track, he had several failed attempts to pass Michael Schumacher before he again found himself off the road and losing a place to teammate Jenson Button.

It was an attempt to regain that place that saw Hamilton’s race come to an end.

Coming on to the start-finish straight, Hamilton managed to get a lot more drive out of the chicane than Button and made a move to pass him, only to end up being squeezed into the wall because Button apparently didn’t see him coming.

Others will decide who was to blame, but it did seem like the other side was the best place to pass.

Most frustratingly, Hamilton will have yet another visit to the stewards office to answer questions over the incident with his teammate. He was also under scrutiny over the incident with Webber.

Interestingly, the driver representative on the stewards panel is Emerson Fittipaldi, who has been widely reported as being critical of Hamilton for being too aggressive. That doesn’t bode well for a sympathetic hearing.

Fittipaldi is not alone in his criticism. F1 legend, Niki Lauda, called Hamilton "completely mad" and called on the FIA to sanction Hamilton and went on to say "You cannot drive like this - as it will result in someone getting killed."

Hamilton is enigmatic. He is clearly one of the best drivers in F1, and he clearly thinks that he is better than everyone else on the grid.

Watching him race today, he was certainly very fast and seemed quicker than those around him, but if he can’t pass them safely, his advantage is irrelevant.

He has made significant contact with four cars in his last two races, costing him points in the first race and a finish here in Canada.

He is a prodigious talent, but he seems to allow his frustration to cloud his judgment. Let’s hope that it doesn’t become his legacy.