It’s Christmas! Time for Lewis Hamilton to make himself look silly as he did when his emotions got ahead of him when speaking on stage at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards this past weekend.
The five-time Formula 1 World Champion wears his heart on his sleeve and at times tends to shoot from the hip, in what we all do, namely: engage brain before speaking.
In his excitement or nervousness, on the night when speaking about his rise from the modest roots in Stevenage to Formula 1 superstardom and riches beyond his dreams, Hamilton let slip this pearler, “It really was a dream for us all as a family to do something different. For us to get out of the slums…”
“Well, not the slums, but to get out of somewhere and do something. We all set our goals very, very high but we did it as a team.”
Needless to say, a storm will probably ensue because of his ill-chosen words despite it being obvious he does not mean it quite that way as mouth-beat-brain to it once again.
Around this time last year, Hamilton got himself into hot water when he berated his nephew with that now famous line: “Why are you wearing a princess dress?” and then inexplicably posted it on his Instagram.
Typically the fickle social media world turned on Hamilton last year and, now with his latest gaffe, he has again kicked that cockroach’ nest again, just in time for another Christmas meltdown. After the ‘princess saga’ last year he deleted a large portion of his posts and went AWOL from Instagram and Twitter for a few months.
The BBC, of course, quoted the Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor saying, “It is disappointing that Lewis Hamilton referred to Stevenage as ‘the slums’ at such a high-profile event.”
“He clearly realised what he had said and tried to correct it but sadly the people of our town, many of whom admire and support him, felt very offended,” concluded Taylor.
We all know the story, Hamilton grew up in the modest surroundings of Stevenage while his father Anthony balanced two or three jobs simultaneously to keep his 6-year-old lad in radio control racing and, a couple of years later, in karting.
Until young Lewis was 13 that is, because as a result of his ballsy approach to Ron Dennis during a karting awards ceremony, the kid stuck in the McLaren chief’s mind.
The documented legend goes that the ten-year-old approached Dennis and said: “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.”
Dennis wrote in the youngster’s autograph book, “Phone me in nine years, we’ll sort something out then.”
It took only five years, and it was the McLaren supremo who rang the Hamiltons to deliver on his promise and signed Lewis to the team’s driver development program, upon which the family from Stevenage never had to fork out for racing gear ever again and his humble origins – slums they were not – mattered no longer.
And the rest is history…
Big Question: What was Lewis actually trying to say?