Friday, December 22, 2006

McLaren’s newest Golden Boy


So just what is all the buzz about over McLaren’s newest recruit? No, I’m not talking about two time reigning Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso…

Lewis Hamilton first met Ron Dennis when he was 10 years old. Hamilton had just won a karting title and was in search of Dennis’s autograph. Three years later at age 13, Hamilton became the youngest ever to sign a F1 developmental contract with McLaren…

Now nine years later and fresh off of winning the GP 2 Championship, Dennis was ready to cash in on his investment. It is rumoured that McLaren Mercedes spent $5 million on Hamilton’s grooming for an F1 drive. At age 21, the young Briton will face stiff competition for “Rookie of the Year” honors in F1 against Renault’s Heikki Kovalainen…

And shame on the Media, Formula 1 and Bernie Ecclestone for exploiting Hamilton’s racial bloodlines… Although I know nothing about the young Brit, he seems very level headed from The Speed Report interview I watched last week. While the stupid Media is already calling him the Tiger Woods of F1, I liked how Hamilton didn’t say anything at all about the subject…

For the record the very first African American to drive a F1 chassis was Willy T. Ribbs in 1985 for Brabham; owned by Mr. Ecclestone (once a promoter, always a promoter) Hamilton will become the very first Black to race in F1 in 2007…

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