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Author Topic: Sir Jackie Weighs In  (Read 424 times)

Offline Willy

Sir Jackie Weighs In
« on: June 26, 2022, 02:22:35 PM »
Sir Jackie Stewart has commented on Lewis Hamilton's situation this season and has suggested that Lewis retire.
https://www.pitpass.com/72887/Stewart-urges-Hamilton-to-retire

While I agree with the points made I find that this would have been a better conversation between the two of them and not splashed across the internet.
Making a very public statement like this about another driver is stepping over the line in my view and is disrespectful to Lewis.
Sir Jackie should know better or his people (if he has them) should have stopped him.



Offline Andy B

Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2022, 09:27:35 AM »
Sir Jackie Stewart has commented on Lewis Hamilton's situation this season and has suggested that Lewis retire.
https://www.pitpass.com/72887/Stewart-urges-Hamilton-to-retire

While I agree with the points made I find that this would have been a better conversation between the two of them and not splashed across the internet.
Making a very public statement like this about another driver is stepping over the line in my view and is disrespectful to Lewis.
Sir Jackie should know better or his people (if he has them) should have stopped him.

I quite agree and am not even going to bother reading it.
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Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2022, 12:09:18 PM »
I've read it and can sort of see where Jackie is coming from. He himself left at the top, although I guess other pressures, staying alive being the main one, motivated that. Jackie has an opinion and he's entitled to air it, do we all agree possibly not but I defend his right to say it, there's too much cancel culture out there already.

I think Lewis may well have called it a day had he won the WDC last term, he would then have the Numero Uno spot, possibly for all time but certainly for a good long while. Lewis probably wants that GOAT label - at least in terms of WDC wins.

Over time we have seen a few other great champs staying on after success at the top in lesser machinery & teams, Schumi is probably the most notable. For me it never really adds anything to their great acheivments and in some cases leads to a questioning, in the media & more generally, of said drivers actual abilities in the perennial 'Car Winning v Winning Driver?' debate.

IMHO Sometimes it's much better leaving the crowd wanting more, leaving the question of 'was more possible?' unanswered. Perhaps Lewis had to think long and hard about this over the winter, - or maybe not.   :DntKnw:
Racing is life - everything else is just waiting. (Steve McQueen)

Offline Jericoke

Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2022, 02:44:03 PM »
Certainly Jackie drove in an era where if you weren't 100% committed, there was a very good chance you would die. 

Jacques Villeneuve had this attitude when he finally fell out with BAR/Honda, and I think he's the last driver who drove with this approach.  Look how drivers like Kimi, Barichello and Alonso just hold on, driving without any hope of winning.  (I don't begrudge them that, just it's a different attitude, and Hamilton is with them, not Villeneuve/Stewart)

The modern cars are safe, I think watching Kubica basically walk away from his crash in Canada really changed the approach F1 drivers take.  Which is fine by me.  As dangerous as Max/Lewis's tangles were in 2021, I never really felt like anyone was in genuine danger.  I'm glad the FIA has made the sport safe mechanically so that drivers can take chances.  I'm mostly annoyed that the big crashes take so long to clear up.

I do agree that Hamilton wants to leave on top, not just after a win, but after a definitive win, which hasn't reached yet.  Schumacher, Alonso and Kimi haven't had their legacies 'tarnished' by lacklustre comebacks.  They are all racers, and squeezed everything they could from the sport.  I respect that, and if Hamilton wants to run 3 laps down in whatever Sauber is called in 20 years, I'd stand by that.

Offline cosworth151

Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2022, 04:48:29 PM »
JYS was also racing much more than modern F1 drivers. For example, in his 1971 WDC year, he also ran the entire Can-Am schedule in a Lola. (I remember that he won at Mid Ohio that year.) In 72 he did the European Touring Car Series in a Capri. He often ran the Australian Tasman series during the winter.

I'm not ready to right Lewis off just yet. If Merc can get its act together he still has a good shot at his 8th WDC next season.
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline Dare

Re: Sir Jackie Weighs In
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2022, 10:43:18 PM »
The great New World when someone stating a opinion
get everyone's panties in a twist. The old comics we loved
couldn't perform now
"It's often said truth is the first casualty of war,"

 


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