Hamilton Twitter outburst has McLaren in damage control mode
2 September, 2012
Sep.2 (GMM) Disappointed with his eighth in qualifying compared to McLaren teammate Jenson Button’s pole, Lewis Hamilton got onto Twitter and used the internet acronym “WTF” (what the f**k?) to describe his feelings.
In the hours after qualifying at Spa, the paddock quickly and half-heartedly dubbed the affair ‘Twittergate’.
“Damn,” he added. “Jenson has the new rear wing on, I have the old. I lose 4 tenths just on the straight. Jenson should win easy with that speed.”
McLaren officials then reportedly deleted the ‘tweets’ from Hamilton’s personal account, possibly without the 2008 world champion’s knowledge.
Asked why the ‘tweets’ had disappeared, Hamilton told reporters in Belgium: “Did they? No particular reason. Just wanted to rephrase some things I said.”
Then, in McLaren’s official end-of-day press release, Hamilton was quoted as saying it was a “collective” decision on his side of the garage to opt for the older wing.
Subbed by AJN.
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