He was incredibly PR managed the whole way through the last season, absolutely. This season he's been off the leash a lot more - particularly since Ron Dennis resigned - and I think he's come across remarkably well. You'd expect him to be frustrated as hell and really stroppy, because he's gone from being world champion to being a back-marker in every race - instead he was very calm and honest. You could tell he was disappointed but also that he wasn't having a tantrum, walking back into the garage and being a cunt to his engineers over it, which is exactly what you'd expect from someone like, say, Alonso.
I actually like him a lot more now he's showing some of his own personality rather than being a soulless puppet.
Definitely. He comes across really well this season, I think. It helps that the BBC isn't as obsessed with him as ITV was - they're giving equal billing to lots of drivers, and Hamilton comes off as fairly chirpy, fun and down to earth in the segments they do with him. I got a bit sick of the sight of him last year, when ITV couldn't keep him off their cameras for five seconds.
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