Jacques Villeneuve: Lewis Hamilton portrays himself as Jesus

F1 Grand Prix of Germany

Last weekend was a race win for Lewis Hamilton, and an all-important constructors win for Mercedes, claiming an impressive 1-2 victory despite the Brit starting from 14th on the grid.

However, it wasn't all positive vibes as Hamilton seemed to be faced by the sound of boos from the crowds during the driver parade.

But the Brit shouldn't be surprised by being booed, or at least that's the view of 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

"Lewis should not be surprised," Villeneuve is quoted by Auto Bild.

"He confuses Formula One with Hollywood. Everything he does is staged.

"He portrays himself on social media like he is Jesus.

"The way he knelt next to his car after his problem in qualifying looked like the suffering of Christ. And what he said afterwards was the Sermon on the Mount.

"Then he gestured so dramatically on the podium that everyone could see who sent the sudden rain."

However, despite Villeneuve's comments, the Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said he wants Hamilton to remain being himself.


After watching the TV replay of the German Grand Prix, Hamilton wrote on social media that he thought Sky's ex-driver pundits could not find a good word to say about him.

However, he later deleted the Instagram post.

But, Mercedes team boss Wolff told the Sun: "I actually encouraged him to leave all that stuff online and speak his mind.

"It is what we need. We need to create stories. We need controversies. We need polarising stances," he added.


One thing for certain is Hamilton surely would have felt like God was on his side in Germany, as he became the first ever Formula 1 world champion to secure a race victory from starting so far back on the grid.

Some would say that even the 'heavens opened' for the Brit to put a bit of rain on the track, which we all know Hamilton is a big fan of.

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