Niki Lauda and Emerson Fittipaldi might have been up in arms about Lewis Hamilton’s aggressive driving in Sunday’s Canadian grand prix, but the fact of the matter is that the McLaren team rivalry between him and Jenson Button is a piece of cake compared with the rivalry the Woking squad had to deal with in the past, most notably between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
Spectacular it certainly may have looked to television viewers, but the collision between the two McLarens in front of the pits at Montreal was the result of a genuine misunderstanding between Jenson and Lewis.
They have both publicly admitted that reality with an openness which makes the ferocious criticism from Lauda and Fittipaldi even more baffling and seemingly out of step with the underlying reality of the situation.
The whole point of having two highly motivated number one drivers in any team is in order to maximise one’s chances of winning lots of races. The downside is the inevitable risk that the two men will occasionally get carried away and go a little too far in their efforts to beat each other.
Sir Stirling Moss said this week that he felt Lewis was missing the guiding hand of his father Anthony. And I think Stirling is absolutely right on this.
Lewis just needs a calming hand on the tiller of his career. Not being vilified by two senior world champions.