Lewis Hamilton Blasts Method One, Says it Has Turn into a ‘Billionaire Boys’ Membership’
Lewis Hamilton believes Method One has develop into a “billionaire boys’ membership” and there’s “no method” he would have made it within the sport if he had been beginning out his profession now. Hamilton’s phrases simply camebefore him heading into this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix as probably the most embellished driver in F1 historical past. The seven-time world champion is embarking on an unprecedented eighth world title, together with his tally of 98 victories and 100 polesbetter than anybody else.
Nevertheless, talking to Spanish publication AS, the 36-year-old mentioned he wouldn’t have made it huge within the sport in at this time’s world. Hamilton famously grew up on a council property in Stevenage. His father, Anthonytook on 4 jobs to place him by way of karting ranks. He acquired his huge break on the age of 13 when McLaren signed him to their driver improvement programme, turning him into probably the most ready newcomer within the sport’s historical past.
“We stay in a time the place this sport has develop into a billionaire boys’ membership,” Hamilton mentioned. “If I’m going again to the place I began, rising up in a traditional working class household, there’s no method that I might be right here. No method,” he added.
Hamilton, who has constructed his method up, is correct. F1 has lengthy been plagued by wealthy benefactors and at the moment three drivers on the circuit -Lance Stroll, Nikita Mazepin and Nicholas Latifi — all have billionaire fathers. There are lots of extra from privileged backgrounds corresponding to Max Verstappen and Mick Schumacher, as each theirfathers competed in F1, whereas Lando Norris’s fatheris one of many richest males in Britain.
Over the previous few years, Hamilton has develop into an more and more vocal campaigner for range. The World Champion had mentioned firstly of the season that thebiggest precedence of his profession was not including his championship tally, however to combat and interact for larger range within the sport.
In the meantime, Hamilton completed third in second observe on F1’s return to Monte Carlo on Thursday. He was crushed by the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, however he completed forward of his favorite rival Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen.