Ex-Formula One ace Stewart brands Lewis as arrogantOctober 15th, 2008 - 3:04 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct.15 (ANI): Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart has branded current favourite Lewis Hamilton as arrogant and warned him that he will lose the drivers crown if he repeats last weekends first corner cock-up in Japan.
McLaren star Hamilton saw his world championship lead over Ferraris Felipe Massa cut to five points with two races left, after he was hit with a drive-through penalty for forcing Kimi Raikkonen off the track.
Stewart has been one of Hamiltons biggest supporters, claiming the 23-year-old could become one of the sports all-time greats.
But after seeing his display at Fuji, he said: It was not his finest hour.
Lewis approach in that first corner was slightly arrogant towards other drivers. He braked far too late, ran deep into the run-off area and then almost collided with Raikkonen. Lewis didnt make it happen for himself but he made it happen for everybody else by taking himself out of contention, The Sun quoted Stewart, as saying. Theres an old adage You cant win the race in the first corner but you can lose it. Thats exactly what occurred. Weaving in and out of other cars, as Lewis did in the run to the first corner, puts other drivers in the position of having to avoid his manoeuvre. It exposes Lewis to risk from their actions, he added.
Lewis can still win the championship but not if he drives the last two races the way he drove in Japan, Stewart said. (ANI)
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