I was a little surprised at the weekend to hear to people, both of whom would automatically be supportive of British competitors in any event, express regret at hearing that Lewis Hamilton had won the Australian Grand Prix.
When I asked them why they were anti Hamilton when they were both very supportive of him 12 months ago, they responded that he was "up his own arse" and "arrogant". Others I have spoken to since then too have expressed their total apathy towards him citing his "running away from Britain", his "lying about his reason for moving" and the fact that he seems to listen to his management too much.
There ought to be a real ground swell behind Hamilton, but aside from real Grand Prix fans, his decision to become a tax exile at the first possible moment, citing "press intrusion" as the real reason (whilst publishing an autobiography - hardly the actions of someone seeking publicity), only to later admit that it was all about avoiding paying UK tax, was a big mistake.
So I was interested today to read that Lewis Hamilton has also been criticised by Sir Jackie for refusing to support and join the Grand Prix Drivers Association, an organisation dedicated to safety in formula one. Lewis Hamilton claims he has not got time to join. I wonder if he might have the time after he has a serious accident ?
As Jackie Stewart said "I'm surprised and disappointed. He has been badly advised," he said. "It is completely wrong not to be involved."
Again, Lewis Hamilton ought to look to his advisers and ask if they are advising him wisely. He is a great talent, but he seems to be developing a really arrogant attitude.