Longtime Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has repeatedly said that he believes modern F1 drivers are learned robots who say only what their teams write to them and don’t have their own opinion, or don’t dare say it. Apparently, he wasn’t completely wrong.
Formula 1 has become as politically correct as it has ever been since the launch of the #WeRaceAsOne campaign. Although the Formula 1 world is supposed to express unity in the name of the campaign in support of the fight against racism, in the eyes of some, drivers should obviously harmonize their views on other topics and issues as well.
After the race in Portugal, where Lewis Hamilton surpassed Schumacher’s record of 91 victories, there was Lando Norris, who, unlike most, did not show enthusiasm and admiration for the achievement of his compatriot, but said what he thought: “Nice, but that’s none of my business. He has a good race car with which he has to beat a maximum of one or two competitors, and that is what is expected of him. ”
The McLaren driver legitimately expressed his position, perhaps somewhat harshly, but by no means offensive. He was neither the first nor the last to point out the clear fact that Hamilton has been racing with a superior Mercedes for several years, yet he congratulated him and stressed that he had done a good job. Nevertheless, his statement clearly did not live up to the expectations of McLaren’s PR department, and Norris apologized the next day, saying he should show more respect.
Obviously, it would have been better if I had fallen into an ecstasy of excitement after the race and only talked about Hamilton’s incredible success, even though he might not have really thought about it and it was obvious that he didn’t either. Apparently, he should forget the disappointment of colliding with Lance Stroll and frustration over the poor result, and rather sincerely look forward to Hamilton’s success. He merely gave his opinion, for which he apologized the next day. The young racer was even accused of racism on Twitter by a bizarre quasi-actress.
In doing so, it would be hard to dispute Bernie Ecclestone’s thesis that the modern generation of racers is turning into characterless robots who are expected to have no opinion of their own. Apparently, Bernie already knew what he was talking about.