Lewis, Bradley Lord, Helmut Mark discussed on The Autosport Podcast

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Attache Bradley lord had got the hand, got the chance to slap a gagging order on him. And so he'd say something. And I think basically going to going to Helmut mark out is route one when you need a controversial quote, and it's something that the Austrian media do, and then the other, the other media, pick up those quotes. Obviously it gets fed through the German and his Austrian accent probably confuses a few syllables, and it comes out even more fiery than it was intended, because very often when something is translated, some of the nuance gets lost, doesn't it? So it's a difficult thing in the media landscape at the moment where so much news is quite driven, and it's the actual words rather than the sense in which it's spoken. But I suppose we're digressing now because as F one media, we have to keep the news machine running 24/7 and Grand Prix is only happen every few weeks or every week if it's a triple header. Or you can look at what's published in other magazines. On this month, on the cover of GP racing this month, we contemplate Lewis Hamilton and not just the fascinating pink ensemble he wore for the cover shoot of a recent issue of Vanity Fair. He kind of looked like the second coming of Don Johnson in Miami Vice and that high waisted short sleeve garb. Fantastic only Lewis can carry that off. But it was a very interesting interview and months and months ago as it turned out while the interview for this Vanity Fair piece were happening. I approached our regular correspondent Andrew Benson and said, is it too early to drop several thousand metric gallons of cold water on the theory that Lewis is a spent force and about to retire? At the time, he said, well, actually, it's kind of a little bit tricky to work out because there's mixed messages coming from the, from the Hamilton camp, but at the same time, the narrative that he's being absolutely tonked by George Russell is wrong. And this is around the time of the Miami Grand Prix we were having this conversation right about the time when the tabloid press were at fever pitch saying Lewis had it, he should cash in his P 45 now and take his private plane off somewhere and make way for someone else. So finally, am I to persuade Andrew that he had got enough data to write this analysis of where Lewis Hamilton is now. And he's come up with what not to bang my own drummers, the man who commissioned him to write it, but I thought it really, really good story. Has taken apart Lewis season and analyzed the early season wobble that's related to last season's controversy. It's deconstructed the whole business of whether he's firing an oil cylinders, clearly he is. And also, we look at how Mercedes has now come to rely on his unique skill set to restore them to the front of the grid because this is a team which is struggling with its car and not only that. They are finding that they've lost correlation with all their tools. So what's now needed is a driver with Lewis's experience and speed to be able to feed back to them and say, no, this is working. That's not working. Let's try this. Let's do that. This is the way forward. And they're doing things like putting a floor on the car, which hasn't been tested in the wind tunnel, but relies on his backside to sign it off. And I think that is quite fascinating. I wouldn't normally read a sentence there, but I love that the point where Andrew talks about Lewis is a man whose worldview is one of perpetual struggle. It's what he feeds off and it's what motivates him. And I think that's so true. And he, in fact, the opportunity to work with him and I mean, he will happily talk about what motivates him in life and how as a child. He failed to face a lot of obstacles, you know, being bullied at school and then some of the racism that he faced in cartoon and the aftermath of Abu Dhabi and then Lewis going away taking that winter after coming off social media, which of course of itself then raised lots of questions. Why has he come off social media? Why is he not giving us a narrative? What does he thinking? Is he going to retire all that kind of stuff? Then coming back only to discover that Mercedes Benz have a car that's uncompetitive. And I've got some fundamental problems. But actually, rather, he's not a quitter. You know, he's a fighter. He likes to come back and fight. And the team know the strengths that he has on that front. And you have to say, you know, they've done an admirable job, considering where they were at the beginning of the year. Operationally, they're kind of their execution at race weekends is better than Ferrari. And only the other day I was somebody who was asking me about Red Bull and the championship. And I said, actually, the thing that's fascinating to me is what happens for a second place in the constructors because if Ferrari continued to trip up and God forbid, have any more reliability issues, et cetera, I think George Russell and Lewis Hamilton will enjoy vanquishing them and so there's actually a huge motivation there and total, as I said earlier on, massively committed individual, and he knows it and Lewis has a fellow fighter. I think the George Russell comparison is really interesting. I was very struck by the performance differential. You know, Lewis had qualifying George not by a huge huge huge amount in terms of race and the number of races that I qualified, but the margin, you know, set 57,000th of a second on average. I mean, that's not too tense. 57,000 of a second is basically little to choose between them. It's incredibly impressive in terms of both Lewis and George because Andre says in the article, you know, George is in the first flush of being with CNN Mercedes and the enjoyment that he's getting out of that. You know, a bad Mercedes is a lot better than a good Williams. So he's enjoying every element of it. But I think it's a really interesting piece. I think the whole point about the discussion around Lewis is for me also

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