It’s supposed to be a take off Darth Vader’s helmet, in case I didn’t quite get that to convey right.
So, “the stewards examined video and telemetry date from the team and FIA and could find no evidence of any offence” committed by our Princess. Lots of people, many with #LH44 in their Twitter names, believe otherwise and appear to think there’s no way a person who has been tried and found innocent could possibly be innocent if they don’t think so, and that the best way to demonstrate their commitment to justice is to smear a person who has been tried and found innocent. I wonder what they did during Liegate, where a person was proven irrevocably guilty of cheating his way into a trophy by lying. To be far, their idol - right out of the car, anyway - thought so too (and, let’s be fair, such sentiments in that moment are well understandable), a person of whom Nico once said during Liegate, “I feel for Lewis, it’s not a nice situation. Lewis is not a liar, I know him very well and he’s a very honest person. It’s very unfortunate.” (I thought Princess was very stupid then.) In any case, Lewis considered the situation ironic - and, indeed, I agree. How ironic it is that right after having been outed by you for not having a similar hunger after “gr[owing] up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kind of things,” he should demonstrate, as you would believe, the sort of hunger for the title that would drive a man to park at Racasse. Thank goodness you took that safe back, eh? Oh - that’s not the irony you meant? Anyway, Lewis now considers that he will “take a page” out of Senna’s book to deal with this, so we can all look forward to him running Nico off the track tomorrow - oh, that’s not the page you meant?
Seriously though, as much as it galls to think of all the people who have “lost all respect for that cheating scum” after
lap delta Bahrain Nico was right you know this claiming karma, all this is pretty silly, and it’s not going to stop him from losing that P1 when his “start problems” kick in tomorrow, or when Lewis runs him off the track schools him into the first corner or whatever. It’s irrelevant if it was an honest mistake, but for what it’s worth, I do think it was an honest mistake, and this is why I think he did not have the intent, no matter how much he might have dearly wished to inside, and it has nothing to do with how unimpeachable his conduct has thus far been proven on the track, how he mightn’t have wanted to disappoint his dear old so-very-saintly dad, or even how much “he does not have the kind of ruthless personality streak that would have made him choose to go off like that to secure pole position,” as Autosport reports of the paddock-portion that defend him: Nico would not have risked the potential damage to his car by deliberately making a mistake, nor would he have deliberately reversed - for yellows that would have gone on anyway! - to specifically impede Hamilton - I simply believe he would not have done anything too extreme to endanger his position within the team…not when his contract extension hasn’t been completely finalised yet. Not that it’s gonna stop anyone from calling him a German (?!!) cheat who should get out and die.
But if he now does…