But he got that seat by reaching out to Ron when Lewis was still a kid. The famous "I'm Lewis Hamilton and one day I want to drive your cars" (or whatever the exact quote is) was the first step. He got McLaren's help in his development years and that doubtless helped him. And then after winning GP2 he got the F1 drive.Zarathustra wrote: ↑Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:24 pmIt doesn’t mean that you’ll be a Champion- if you’re driving a ‘championship contending car’.NathanOlder wrote: ↑Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:28 pmJos Verstappen too. 94 was his debut year, his team mate won the title.
What Zarathustra said is so far from the truth, or maybe we are misunderstanding his comment?
It does mean that Hamilton had a ‘championship contending car’ in his rookie year.. and the year after.
On itself, this hardly ever happens.. maybe indeed Villeneuve.
* - Edit, what is happening here?
People behave as if he just got given the seat in 2007 out of the blue. He earned it following his ballsy meeting with Ron and his subsequent proving of his ability. Now Max was a guy that got given an F1 seat with little real single seater racing background. Indeed Kimi did too, back in the day when Sauber signed him up. He had so little experience that he had to do some driving to prove he was suitable for F1 - a driving test effectively.
I wonder how many Max fans would be talking about Hamilton getting a good car in his early F1 career, if Max had taken Mercedes's offer of being in their driver development team rather than RedBull's. Imagine, Max could be in Bottas's car today if that had happened...