The true measure of a sportsman’s greatness lies not only caged in the dizzying statistical heights, but rather in the conduct on the turf and how well does he appreciate the others around him. And in that regard, Lewis Hamilton, who happens to be a multiple world champion, and arguably the best driver on the current grid in one of the most dangerous sports ever, comes across as a great athlete.
But one’s got to analyze Hamilton the man who often remains hidden behind the cult of personality
This is for the simple reason that the comments made by Lewis Hamilton on Robert Kubica paint a measured and grounded portrait of a man whose life is about collecting a staggering sum of victories.
Lewis Hamilton on Robert Kubica
Truth be told, there’s hardly a comparison between Lewis Hamilton, who happens to the man currently leading the charge of the 2019 World Championship and Robert Kubica, unfortunately, a potential and eventual backmarker in every Grand Prix.
And there’s no rocket science theory to this because while Mercedes are clearly running the strongest machines out of the 10 teams, winning races, dismantling competition everywhere, Williams with whom Kubica is currently racing are perhaps driving the meekest and most vulnerable machine.
Yet, the recent comments made by Lewis Hamilton on Robert Kubica- at a time where the Pole has confirmed his decision to leave Williams by the conclusion of the ongoing season- show us Hamilton’s empathy and point to his gentility even as they are drawn in appreciation of the Polish driver.
Here’s what Hamilton said
Robert is one of the most talented drivers I have competed against,” said Hamilton, one month younger than Kubica.
“We started racing karts together in 1997 and from the beginning, I saw the talent that he had.
“What is really remarkable is the strength and determination he has shown, particularly following his incident. Not a lot of people could make it through those circumstances, make it back into the sport, and deliver against others who have not been in the same situation.
“It has been great to have him back. I hope he stays and there is a position for him next year,” shared Lewis at Singapore.
What turned sour for Kubica?
That said, it’s not an extraordinary revelation that the ongoing season hasn’t at all panned out the way Robert Kubica would’ve expected or desired. For someone of Kubica’s talent and experience, one wouldn’t expect him to be anywhere else save (inside) the top ten in any Grand Prix.
It’s brought forth a nagging sense of disappointment and left a lot to be desired from arguably one of the most talented drivers who, by virtue of driving the weakest machine on the current grid, has starred in a rather forgettable run.
But nothing could make the 2019 F1 season more arduous and forgettable for Robert Kubica, who’s so far, been able to score only a solitary point, finding himself constantly out-qualified by a younger, rookie driver in George Russel.
But that his 2019 comeback was slated to have been, potentially speaking, one of the most promising aspects of the ongoing year left fans with a lot of hope that went down the hill.
Now that Kubica is unsure of where his Formula 1 future might be, having confirmed that he won’t be keen to continue with Williams at any cost come 2020, it remains to be seen what might become of the 34-year-old?
For now, the only healing balm in that sense is the pleasing comments made by Lewis Hamilton on Robert Kubica.