F1 » Hamilton has been 'manufactured', contends Mansell


Former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell has hit out at the sport's modern-day trend of snapping up young karters on long-term contracts and moulding them into future superstars - claiming the likes of Lewis Hamilton have been artificially 'manufactured'

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Oli - Unregistered

May 29, 2010 3:01 PM

I don't think Mansell is having a go directly at Lewis, but rather the process that he his upbringing started.

A few years ago people got to F1 like Mansell did, sacrificing everything. But Lewis has had all the tools he has ever needed given on a plate. Luckily Lewis seems like a bright guy and fair play, he has used those tools brilliantly to take him right to the top. It hasn't dented his desire or love for the sport. Full respect.

But sadly that won't be the case with a lot of similarly nurtured F1 kids. The worry is that soon it will be a grid full of prima donna's who never had to work for it and care more about the lifestyle than the sport. F1 cannot go the same way football has

Commodore S - Unregistered

May 29, 2010 3:13 PM

@an4rew.

Mate this is all old news. It was all brought to light several months ago by Whitmarsh who stated they made a mistake in assessing a youngsters upbringing which will not be repeated.

I just think it unfortunate it is rehashed 1/2 hour after the young bloke in question has delivered an achievement.

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