Irvine: Hamilton has lost the plot
23 June 2011 – Despite labelling himself a ‘fan’ of Lewis Hamilton, British compatriot and former Grand Prix winner Eddie Irvine believes the McLaren driver is experiencing an unbalanced psychological battle at present, with the 2008 World Champion having been at the centre of several recent negative headlines.
Following the Monaco Grand Prix, in which he collided with both Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado before later calling both men ‘stupid’, Hamilton also launched verbal attacks on the FIA race stewards. Last time out in Canada, he was involved in incidents with Mark Webber plus team-mate and eventual winner Jenson Button.
“I'm a genuine Lewis fan - he's the only guy in F1 at the moment worth watching - but I think he's lost the plot,” Ulsterman Irvine told Autosport. “I don't think he's surrounded by the best people he could be and I think he's lost respect for the other drivers.”
When going on to discuss seven-time title winner and former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher, Irvine mentioned that the German ‘has just lost his talent’.
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Hamilton: I don’t see myself at Red Bull