The timing of this event has raised a red flag in my mind. Most sports personalities make managerial changes between seasons, unless something traumatic occurs. But we're not between seasons, testing is complete, and Bahrain is going to happen very soon. Yet, without any indication to the public, Lewis and his dad are separating their business affairs. And to top it off, he has no agent, nor did he prepare for this scenario.
There's something going on that we're not aware of, I just don't buy the "I want to spend time with my dad bowling" line ...... even though it's plausible.
Whatever the reasons, Lewis Hamilton is changing, and his environment is too. Last season he had his dad and pussycat girlfriend in his pits, there to offer emotional support. But for 2010, both are gone, and in a sense, Lewis is really on his own. Yea, Ron Dennis will be lurking in the shadows to make sure his asset is protected, but Lewis just won't have the support structure he enjoyed in the past.
It will be very interesting to see how he deals with his multiple challenges this year. His teammate is the reigning WDC, the car is going to be very new and different, and he and McLaren have to climb back up in the standings, and finally, the competition will be fierce.
Lewis is now 25, he's no longer the new kid on the block. He has become a man, and now we get to see how it all plays out.
A proud Canadian, and yes, HOCKEY is our game.