Ross Brawn on The Lewis Hamilton Sochi Penalty: I Don’t Pity The Fool
Lewis Hamilton feels Ross Brawn and the FIA are colluding to do everything they can to stop both he and Mercedes from running away with the 2020 F1 season. He said so during the post-race Russian GP interview. Hamilton picked up a 10-second penalty during the pre-Grand Prix installation lap. The penalty cost him an almost predictable race win. More than likely Hamilton’s post-race posturing was akin to throwing a rather large metaphorical spanner in the direction of the FIA. And the spanner landed right on the toes of Ross Brawn, the current Managing Director of F1 and former owner of the Mercedes F1 team.
More than likely Hamilton was deliberately goading the FIA, he must know there is no conspiracy to stop an almost certain march to yet another F1 title. However, the spanner throwing and goading did its job and got a response from Ross Brawn in his post-race article for the F1.com website.
“Lewis has had some bad luck in the last few races, with the penalties in Monza and now Sochi.
“Personally, I would go away, lick my wounds and think about how I could prevent such incidences again in the future.”
“That’s what I know the team will be doing. I know many of the people, from my time at the team, and they will recognise they have made some mistakes.”
“Bad luck and mistakes happen, it’s how you respond that matters.”
“It’s easy to think the world is against you, but there is nearly always something you could have done differently and you can learn from.”
The simple interpretation of Brawn’s wise words is, “I don’t pity the fool”. Actually, Brawn is simply saying, learn from your mistake and move on with life.