As you know, with McLaren’s non-status this year after disqualification from last year’s constructors championship, they have floated around the pit lane, sometimes being at the bottom, sometimes the middle depending on circuit. But sticking them in garage 13 for the decisive race was quite a statement.
Lewis was a bit freaked out by the Brazilian TV pranksters, who hijacked him at a Johnnie Walker function before the weekend and handed him a black cat and a replica shirt from a Brazilian team, which always finishes runner up and never wins. He thought black cats mean good luck, but they mean the opposite in Brazil, apparently. His brother Nicholas was hit with one at the hotel later in the weekend. It got to them, they found it eery.
But they rode their luck. I know a lot of people don’t like the Hamiltons because they find them pushy and resent the sense of ‘entitlement’ – being meticulously groomed by Ron Dennis, coming in and dominating the sport straight away, but they are not as manipulative as you think they are. They are finding their way, making mistakes and they are not as thick-skinned as you might imagine. Anthony kept saying on Sunday to the media, “We are decent people,” the problem is that, without realising it, the public are all so media savvy now, look at you reading this blog for example. We rush to judgement, assuming that public figures have it all worked out. Some take enormous care over their public image, like Ricky Gervais for example (check out http://www.rickygervais.com/thissideofthetruth.php )
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