Amid the open letters, veiled conspiracy talk and social media mobocracy, Lewis Hamilton has posted a message to his fans via Facebook asking for folks to chill on the whole conspiracy silliness:
I want you to know how grateful I am for all of your support. I’d like to ask that you please trust in my team, as I do. This is my family. These guys have been the greatest, hardest working people for me, and that is why I am now 3x World Champion. Please don’t put any more thought into my team doing anything unjust towards me, and understand that it would be in no ones best interest for that to be the case. We’ve had the best 3 years together, and whilst it’s not going to plan right now, all will unfold in its own time. I trust these guys 1000% and my mechanics are incredible, the best in the business. I respect them so please do the same. They are the guys that are going to make winning this championship possible.
Thank you once again.
It seems the open letter from Mercedes was met with about as much head-scratching as the initial conspiracy goofiness and now, as I predicted here, Mercedes has opened a can of worms and Lewis has come to the rescue to get the team out of the mud it finds itself.
The conspiracy was nonsense to begin with and a team such as Mercedes should know that better than anyone. An open letter offering hugs all round was always going to be met with a raised eyebrow and now Lewis has taken initiative or been asked to use his social media powers for good instead of evil by asking his army fans to back off on the accusations the team are purposefully scuttling his championship bid in 2016.
The accusations came fast and furious after Lewis himself dog-whistled possible opportunity or motives for the conspiracy but now he’s “1,000%” behind the team. In fairness, I believe he’s always been behind his team be it 100% or 1,000% (which I’m not sure how one achieves a greater commitment than 100% but I’ll leave that for the mathematicians).
There’s more going on int he Red Bull camp than there is inside Mercedes at the moment but you know how #TeamLH can get when they feel put upon.