First and foremost let me say this and make it very clear, Hamilton’s colour has nothing to do with what I think about him as a driver and a person. I did a history degree when I was young and studied the American Civil War in detail. I always thought the North were totally correct to fight that war to end the horrible business of slavery. It took nearly another 100 years after the Civil War to end this type of discrimination which to a smaller degree still affects coloured people in America to this day.
I don’t like Alonso as well because I think he is also a self-seeking egotistic person who thinks its all about him. I hope Alonso gets a good lesson this year on his return to F1. Again like Hamilton, Alonso is a great driver; you can’t take that away from both of them.
Back to the point, Hamilton has had a very easy F1 journey. He has been one of the luckiest drivers in the modern era. Most F1 drivers start from a smaller team and make their way up-to a title winning car, some never get that lucky. Hamilton in 2007 got his first drive in a title-winning car. Next year, he gets extremely lucky and wins the title on the last few corners. In the process, he ends up generating hate from all the Massa and Ferrari fans.
In his recent years, he has again been lucky to be in the Mercedes team, which is in a league of its own. He knows the other teams have a disadvantage, but he still tries to make it look like his driving is getting them all the wins. His attitude in press conferences and off-track is all about him. Compare his interviews to those of Alonso, Vettel or Ricciardo, who even in defeat would still find a way to make a silly joke or showcase sarcasm or humour. Hamilton always gives textbook boring answers and is usually unaware or doesn’t care a jot about other driver’s activities.
This claiming he was poor doesn’t wash with me either; by most people’s standards he was not poor. He also likes to play the patriotism game and win for England (Not Britain I note) yet lives in Monaco and pays no taxes.
His claim of being the first black F1 driver is also inaccurate on multiple levels. Narayan Karthikeyan raced in F1 before him, as did Karun Chandhok. Both these drivers were of black parentage. There were also others before them. Pedro Diniz for example was hardly white. Hamilton has a white mother, so technically he is of mixed race rather than black. It amazes me that Karun Chandhok who commentates for Sky F1 has never pulled Hamilton up on this claim of being the first black F1 driver while he himself was there before him.