Generally speaking, brashness and winning create villains, and Lewis Hamilton encompasses both. The five-time Formula One champion and native of England has embraced his bad-boy image, finding run-ins with police and a controversy involving a post-race champagne spray.
Even Hamilton’s wins have painted him as a villain, which the Mercedes driver embraced in 2017 when the home crowd in Monza, Italy, booed him after he topped the hometown Ferraris at a race there.
“Inevitably, you’re going to be the villain here if you are the one stopping the Ferraris,” Hamilton told reporters after the race. “We are the villains, but some days, I am really happy to be the villain and don’t mind.”