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Why Lewis Hamilton is still F1's leading love/hate figure

Lewis Hamilton has been a 'love him or hate him' figure even before he made his bow in F1. When McLaren selected him as Fernando Alonso's team mate for 2007 ahead of the likes of Pedro de la Rosa or Gary Paffett, fans reacted with surprise and disappointment viewing Hamilton as Ron Dennis's hand picked protégé promoted out of turn and ahead of his time. Clearly they hadn't been watching Hamilton's astounding drives in the GP2 support series, on his way to winning the title. Fans have never really forgiven Hamilton for not sitting back and being a well-behaved number two driver to Alonso in his rookie year Any lingering doubts were disproved from the first corner of his debut race in...
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