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Hamilton apologises for radio meltdown

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05/09/2022

"We are the sick bag, the trash bin," says Toto Wolff, as Lewis Hamilton apologises for radio outburst.

While we have grown used to the seven-time champion's questioning of team strategy over the years, Hamilton's expletive-laden outburst during the Dutch Grand Prix merely served to underline his growing frustration at a season which could see him fail to win a race for the first time since entering F1.

I can't believe you guys f****** screwed me," he said, after realising that teammate George Russell had pitted under the safety car, thereby leaving him exposed to Max Verstappen. "I can't tell you how f****** angry I am now!"

Speaking after the race, having allowed himself time to cool down, Hamilton apologised for his outburst.

"I don't want to apologise for my passion because that's just how I am made and I don't always get it right," he said. "I am sorry for my team for what I said because it was just an amazing moment.

"I want to look at the glass half full," he continued. "We have got so many positives to take from this weekend. Yes, I got fourth in the end, but the car felt great. If the car feels like this at the other races we're going to be fighting for a win... and that's amazing.

"The pit stops were great," he added. "It was the fastest pit stops the team had done all year.

Honestly I was so geed up from that I thought right these guys were on it... I am on it. The strategy was great, but anyway we just keep looking forwards and hope for a better race."

"You get emotional," said Toto Wolff. "I do too in the race, and when you are the driver in the car, it just comes out of you and you can't even stop it.

"We are the trash bin, the sick bag in the airplane," he continued, "and we are taking all of that because we need to. That is how it has always been in a relationship between frustrated driver and the pit wall.

"We have sat together, we discussed the race strategy," he added. "This morning we decided to take a risk, it really backfired for him but I think overall, the circumstances, having Max behind him, that was totally unpleasant but there are more positives to take and this is what we have also chatted about; the car is fast here."

"At the beginning of the day, we talked about taking a risk of going on to a one-stop," explained Hamilton, in reference to what caused his frustration. "There was no discussion of like if we pit 20 laps from the end if there was a safety car.

"Honestly when that came out, I just followed the direction I didn't think anyone was going to stop. When I went past my pit box I saw the soft tyres were out and I saw what was happening to George and I was like, 'Hang on a second', and my hopes faded a bit."

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1. Posted by elsiebc, 08/09/2022 17:12

"@kenji Hahaha!!!
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2. Posted by kenji, 08/09/2022 11:57

"@elsiebc.....Does that mean the new acronym now becomes the GDOAT?"

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3. Posted by elsiebc, 07/09/2022 18:08

"I like how "being a dick" is reframed as "passion" and it makes it all right. "

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4. Posted by elsiebc, 07/09/2022 18:05

"@Ricardo_sanchez Shouldn't the "GOAT" by that very "fact" be held to a different standard? Would you expect the same results on a math test from Einstein as Clyde Clumfugger in Sister Mary Magnolia's sixth grade?"

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5. Posted by Hobgoblin, 06/09/2022 11:36

"@Ricardo_sanchez - Totally agree. The hypocrisy of some is incredible to witness."

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6. Posted by jcr, 06/09/2022 9:30

"Ricardo_sanchez
Quite the contrary !!,
IMO, He is now being held to the same standards as all the others,
because most people now realise that his arrogant bluster was only that,
"MY TEAM, dont make mistakes" as an example,
And in an underperform¡ng car, George has shown true talent."

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7. Posted by Ricardo_sanchez, 06/09/2022 7:25

"Definitely not Hamilton’s finest moment. Uncharacteristic for him. Maybe it shows how damaged he was by the Abu Dhabi debacle? But have you noticed that he’s held to very different standards by some people, compared to other drivers? "

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8. Posted by jcr, 05/09/2022 13:20

"I wonder does this qualify for an apology for Fernando, after Lulus reaction to his rant in Spa ??"

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9. Posted by kenji, 05/09/2022 13:14

"Listening to the GOAT's foul mouthed rant and disgusting accusations about the team I wondered where the 'grid kids' were, not in the Mercedes garage I hope. preferably somewhere out of earshot...fancy exposing them to the X rated 'role model' comments. The cage has been well and truly rattled."

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