‘Stop acting like you’re Jesus’ Hamilton slammed
LEWIS HAMILTON has been accused of acting like Jesus - by former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.
The Canadian also said the Brit's emotional outbursts are all for show and that he is confusing Formula One with Hollywood.
Villeneuve made the comments after Hamilton's dramatic reactions in the German GP last weekend.
He cut a dejected figure as he sat crouched with his head pressed against his car when it broke down in qualifying and was then extremely emotional after his brilliant win on Sunday.
Villeneuve said: "He confuses Formula One with Hollywood. Everything he does is staged. He portrays himself on social media like he is Jesus.
"The way he knelt next to his car after his problem in qualifying looked like the suffering of Christ. And what he said afterwards was the Sermon on the Mount.
"Then he gestured so dramatically on the podium that everyone could see who sent the sudden rain."
While Hamilton's win in Hockenheim moves him top of the driver's championship, questions have been raised about the legality of Ferrari's F1 car after they unlocked even more speed.
The impressive step in performance is linked to the hybrid engine system and there is a feeling they could have found a loophole in the regulations.
However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he must trust Ferrari and the sport's governing body [the FIA] and that his team's reaction is on making their own car faster.
Wolff said: "It's highly complex technology.
"If someone - and I'm not saying somebody is, because the fact is I don't know, we are not in anybody's engine, we are not in anybody's bodywork - were prepared to risk his reputation then there is very little possibility to police that.
"You need to rely on the integrity of people and organisations, and we do that.
"All the scepticism and paranoia has always existed in Formula One and we rely on the integrity of the FIA, we rely on the integrity of our competitors.
"What we've seen is that on racetracks that should have suited us - Silverstone and Hockenheim - Ferrari had a car that was very good on the chassis side and a power unit that was the benchmark in the field.
"The only reaction we can have to that is not to say 'What are they doing?' but the reaction should be 'What can we do in order to accelerate our own development program?'.
"My mind-set is that everybody is respecting the integrity [of the regulations] because that is the only way we can go racing.
"If you doubt that, then the whole sport would have a problem, and I don't [doubt it]."
Meanwhile, Ferrari have been plunged into mourning following the death of their former chief executive officer, Sergio Marchionne.
The Fiat Chrysler chief, who helped turn the Italian car maker around, was only 66 and died after complications following shoulder surgery.