Lewis Hamilton hits out at 'undermining' pundits after German Grand Prix win
'Positivity and love wins always and no matter what words you use to try and undermine me, I started 14th today and finished 1st. God is good all the time'
Lewis Hamilton has accused some Formula One pundits of “undermining” him.
Hamilton made the claim on social media in the wake of his famous victory from 14th on the grid at Sunday’s German Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old published the comment to his 6.7million followers on Instagram before removing the post.
“I never get to watch the races but just got home and watching Sky (Sports),” Hamilton wrote.
“I find it amazing listening to the ex-drivers commentating [and] not a single one of them could find a good word to say.
“Whatever the reason is, it’s OK, I forgive you. Positivity and love wins always and no matter what words you use to try and undermine me, I started 14th today and finished 1st. God is good all the time.”
Hamilton’s long-term rival Nico Rosberg was among Sky’s punditry team in Germany, which also included Damon Hill, Britain’s 1996 world champion, and Martin Brundle, the Englishman who took part in 165 grands prix.
Earlier, Rosberg had praised Hamilton’s remarkable comeback drive by warning that his former Mercedes team-mate should never be underestimated.
“Never write off Lewis because he always comes back, and that is a fact,” added Rosberg, whose relationship with his long-term rival remains frosty. “He showed it again by taking home the win.”
Rosberg also poured further salt on Sebastian Vettel’s wounds by claiming the Ferrari driver is battling the “darkest moment” of his career.
Vettel should have moved as many as 21 points ahead of Hamilton, but will head to the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday 17 points behind the Briton after his catastrophic retirement.
The four-time champion crashed off in the slippery conditions.
“What an unbelievably dark day for Sebastian,” Rosberg said. “It was surely one of the darkest moments of his whole career.
“It was his home race, he had the chance in his hands to win and take a big lead in the championship, but he chucked it away in the wall.”
Vettel has been found wanting in the heat of his championship battle with Hamilton. His potentially title-deciding mistake was his seventh high-profile error in a little more than 12 months.
During the same period, Hamilton has not made a significant fault, and it is proving the difference between the two quadruple world champions.
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene did not mention Vettel by name in Ferrari’s post-race press release.
The Italian team headed into Sunday’s race rocked by the news that their 66-year-old chairman Sergio Marchionne had been stood down from his role through illness.
“In what was a particularly fraught weekend for Ferrari, it would have been important for us to bring home the win,” Arrivabene said. Perhaps tellingly, he added: “Our car had shown it was up to the job.”