After the collision with Max Verstappen in Monza and the slap that Lewis Hamilton received from Verstappen’s wheel, the Briton has worked hard to be back at full strength in Sochi. Hamilton does not speak out against his competitor, but between the lines there are still some stitches to be discerned.
In the past two weeks, in addition to the question of guilt, there was also a lot about the HALO and the wheel that nevertheless grazed Hamilton’s helmet. Hamilton himself says that he has trained a lot to recover. “I’m back in top shape, luckily I didn’t lose anything from the incident. I have done a lot with my personal trainer Angela: yoga, massage and also strength training.”
There were still eyebrows raised, Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko did that, among other things, about the fact that Hamilton flew to New York despite his injury to be at the Met Gala. “Those comments don’t mean much to me, I don’t listen to those who say that. A car had landed on my head, we looked into how everything looked after that. But I didn’t say I was dying or anything like that.”
Hamilton says he is no longer concerned with everything that happened in Monza and any psychological games that result from it. “I don’t spend any energy on that, it’s full steam ahead from now on.” Hamilton thinks that the first real fight for a world title can have consequences on your behavior. “Max really won’t admit that, you’ll have to ask him that too. But I still remember the impact well. When I fought for my first title, the emotions and feelings that come with it. I know the pressure, I have experience with it. That can be too much for you.”
But no hard feelings Hamilton wants a great fight. “The most important thing is that we fight hard and fair. I have no doubt that we will both be professional and move forward with the season. But I don’t see any psychology in our fights, you want to pass someone and you want to do it safe and clean. I don’t expect other drivers to back down.”
To add to that somewhat cryptically. “Ultimately you have to be smart, that also involves experience. Sometimes you don’t make a turn and you have to make sure you don’t take damage and can fight the next turn. You have to find a balance in that, you can’t win everything in one corner.”