It is very easy in Formula One - perhaps more so than in any other sport - to make excuses given that it is such a complicated business from the garage to the chequered flag.
So many elements go into a race weekend and any number of different things can go wrong, so it is far from uncommon to hear a driver bemoaning bad luck.
But Lewis Hamilton in recent weeks has been accused in various quarters of having a 'persecution complex' and of 'playing the victim' in an often 'calculated' fashion.
Such statements being levelled at the Brit will not go down if put to him, of course, and he would no doubt reject any suggestion that he does not take accountability.
As Oliver Brown put it in his Daily Telegraph column, "Hamilton's calculated aside that Nico Rosberg had "deliberately" clipped his Mercedes at Spa‑Francorchamps was extraordinary... he has quite a history of these bald, thinly substantiated claims.
"Hamilton espies a conspiracy around every corner... [he] displays this diva-like affectation... [it] simply feeds his persecution complex."
While Brown accuses Hamilton of making "some astoundingly cement-brained calls the moment he lifts the visor", it is hard to make sense of who is right and who is wrong when it comes to his acrimonious relationship with team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton trails the German by 29 points with seven races remaining - a situation that, if his critics are to be believed, simply feeds his persecution complex. Is he always the man sinned against and undermined? Is everything his rivals' fault?
It is important to point out that Hamilton really has had more than his fair share of bad luck so far this season in what has been a very mixed campaign, for all Mercedes' dominance and overwhelming speed advantage over other teams.
He suffered an engine failure in Australia, was the victim of a fire in qualifying in Hungary and a puncture sustained as a result of his now infamous clash with Rosberg at Les Combes.
"Nico hit me!" Hamilton shouted indignantly over the Mercedes in-car radio in Belgium, which came in direct opposition to the claim from Rosberg regarding the incident of the coming together being purely a "racing incident".
His critics cite a history of making excuses and playing the perennial victim - with his frustrated tweet after then McLaren team-mate Jenson Button outqualified him in Belgium in 2012 usually mentioned as another example - but is Hamilton right to feel constantly aggrieved?
Trailing Rosberg by almost 30 points in the business end of the season with the same super-fast car as the German at the leading team in the Championship either proves that he has been ill treated, or alternatively, that he has underperformed significantly.
Either way, as the ongoing and relentless feud between Rosberg and Hamilton continues to roll on and on, it appears that the debate surrounding the mentality of the 'complicated' Brit shows equally few signs of abating any time soon.
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