Hamilton acts like he is Jesus - Villeneuve

Wednesday, 25 july 2018, 04:21 , by Matthew Scott

Jacques Villeneuve says Lewis Hamilton portrays himself like Jesus Christ and treats "Formula 1 like Hollywood" in an astonishing summary of the Briton's German Grand Prix win. Hamilton won from 14th on the grid in a wet race that saw title rival Sebastian Vettel crash out of the lead to prompt a change at the top of the drivers' championship.

After suffering hydraulic failure in qualifying, Hamilton kneeled beside his car before making his way back to the pits, while there was similarly biblical imagery when an almighty storm broke out as Hamilton celebrated an unlikely race win just a day later.

 Hamilton makes no secret of his Christian faith and it has struck a chord with the 1997 world champion, never shy of voicing his opinion.

"He confuses Formula 1 with Hollywood. Everything he does is staged," Villeneuve told Auto Bild.

"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."

Hamilton took to social media extensively across the race weekend in Hockenheim, explaining his ruinous qualifying in a lengthy post before criticising Sky Sports' punditry team in a post that was swiftly deleted, but shared widely.

Team principal Toto Wolff has no issue with Hamilton reaching out to his fans so much, and has endorsed the honesty that he is able to show.

"I had a conversation with him about it [social media] on Sunday night and I think it is great that someone wears his heart on his sleeve," Wolff said.

"He says things likes he means them. We are humans and have emotions and are influenced by what others say and what they say and you take things personally."

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Comments (46)

  • Mark Sharp
    Most athletes end up on their haunches in disappointment at a bad result and every bloody MVP in the super bowl will thank God. David Beckham arms out like Christ scoring THAT free kick for England. It's a world wide celebratory stance. Permission to say......
  • Gordon Assur
    Me thinks Jacques has a punnet of sour grapes. A has been/never was criticising one of the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen. Senna had a very similar level of faith/belief. Whatever works for you!
  • Si Leathley
    Jack who ? Everyone is entitled to their opinion and interpretation of what they see and hear. There will always be fans and haters, just ask Pontius Pilate
  • Tom Jones
    Christ.. What ever happened to traditional trophies that were a statement in their own right? I can’t stand this jagged horribly shaped plastic crap!
  • Jamie Paget
    He has a point. Hamilton thinks he is some kind of Hollywood icon, always bleating about god, and whines like a woman in the car. Get over yourself.
  • Petra Lumme
    Noora Vuorenheimo siis nyt onkin ITSE se jeesus (en tosin lukenu juttua nii en tie mikä tää oikeesti on mut eniveis)
  • Dallas Hanlon
    I agree with Jv Hamilton thinks he is above everyone else especially when the FIA dont punish him for infringements
  • Liam Winston
    JV always has to spew his bad opinions. Maybe he’s bitter about being possibly the most underwhelming world champion
  • Sham Dizzlie
    When a maestro opens his hand out and bows down.. Does that's mean he is Jesus ?.. No.. He he just being humble
  • David Muffitt
    Hes nothing like that dirty fucking peasant Jesus! !! Hes a racing GOD, if there is a god !!
  • Dusan Milovanovic
    Who is that Villeneuve some football player he play for Madagascar ?!!? somethig like that
  • Troels A. Dalgaard
    So what? Not any different from imitating any other fictionial caracters....
  • Jess Jewett
    Delusions of grandeur are serious medical issues. See a psychotherapist.
  • Shaun Sainty Marshall
    Well let's do like old times and nail the cunt to a cross
  • Gary Hilliard
    Wow, the world's most opinionated person has an opinion. Shocking!
  • Nico Scrugli
    Kristof Schmalz Mario Alba Steven Van Asten, nagel op de kop van JV..
  • Peter Dryden
    I coudn't help notice how horrible the trophies were.
  • Paul Fulton
    "He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!"
  • Chimwemwe Chikwana
    Spoken like a true hater JV. Get over yourself.
  • John-Peter Warren
    As soon as I saw the initials JV ....

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