Lewis Hamilton is branded ‘aggressive’ and ‘insulting’ by ex-Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve, following Brit’s furious X-rated outburst to his team at Dutch Grand Prix
- Ex-Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve slams Lewis Hamilton’s outburst
- Hamilton hit out at Mercedes team decisions during the Dutch Grand Prix
- The Brit came fourth in the race despite leading, and then ranted at his team
- Villeneuve has said that Hamilton’s outburst was not ‘befitting of a champion’
Former Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve has deemed Lewis Hamilton ‘aggressive and insulting’ following the driver’s explicit eruption during the Dutch Grand Prix.
The Brit was outraged at the decision to pit his team-mate George Russell and put him on faster tyres while Hamilton was in first place.
The result of the move meant that Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was able to catch up to Hamilton and eventually overtake him to win the race.
Lewis Hamilton blasted his Mercedes team-mates after decisions lead to him finishing fourth
The seven-time champion would end up missing out on a podium spot as he came in at fourth, with Russell even passing him to come second.
The Silver Arrows driver told his team: ‘I can’t believe you screwed me like that, I can’t tell you how p****d I am.
‘That was the biggest f*** up.’
This outburst has led to Villeneuve claiming that the attitude shown by Hamilton ‘is not befitting a champion’ in his Formule1.nl column.
Ex-Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneuve branded Hamilton as ‘aggressive’ for his outburst
He said: ‘I was amazed by Lewis Hamilton’s outburst in the race and especially the way it was done.
‘He was aggressive, almost insulting. It is good that he has apologised, but this is not befitting a champion.
‘After everything the team has done for him, you shouldn’t be speaking to them like that.’
Hamilton did eventually apologise to his team and said that he continues to have ‘100% faith’ in the team.
Hamilton is yet to win a race this season and is currently 6th in the driver’s championship
He said on Instagram: ‘I didn’t get it right last week and we didn’t get it right today (Sunday), but we win and lose as a team.
‘We have been through worse. Everyone is doing their best and that’s all we can do.
‘We will rise and win again. I have 100% faith in this team and where we are heading.’
The result meant that Verstappen collected his 10th win of the year, which has increased his points advantage in the driver’s championship to 109, whereas Hamilton remains without a win this season and sixth in the standings.