Button: Very surprised and disappointed with Hamilton’s Twitter rant

4 September, 2012

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at Belgian GP

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton with McLaren engineers

Sep.4 (GMM) Jenson Button has put on record that he is disappointed that his teammate Lewis Hamilton gave away McLaren secrets last weekend at Spa. In trying to show his million Twitter followers why he was so much slower than the sister McLaren in qualifying, Hamilton published a highly-confidential telemetry image that also contained sensitive information about ride heights and acceleration rates.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 8 July 2012.The 2008 world champion was reportedly scolded behind closed doors for the breach, although team boss Martin Whitmarsh and communications chief Matt Bishop have been trying to play down the affair.

“Very surprised and, yes, disappointed,” Button answered when asked how he feels about the Hamilton incident.

“We work so hard to improve the car and to keep things like that secret and private. I didn’t want to see it on Twitter. It was the whole telemetry from qualifying.”

Button also said he thought Hamilton was making an irrelevant point about the 6 tenth top-speed difference between the new and old wing specifications.

“He [Hamilton] should be gaining it back in the corners because he’s got more downforce on. And I was eight tenths quicker in qualifying anyway,” Button insisted.

Lewis Hamilton at German GPGary Anderson, a former F1 technical chief who now works for the British broadcaster BBC, said the fact that Hamilton opened a “cupboard” of McLaren secrets to the world “shows how naive” the Briton is, and “how little he understands the big picture”.

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe played down the damage.

“The data in there isn’t any great use to anyone, so I don’t think there is much damage done,” he said.

However, the BBC cited an unnamed engineer who said that rival teams could ‘work out how McLaren were running their car’ from the telemetry sheet.

Former long-time McLaren driver David Coulthard wrote in the Telegraph: “Teams go to great lengths to protect that sort of information.

“I remember when I started out there used to be bin hokers who would go through the rubbish bins of rival teams on a Monday after a race, searching for just such telemetry.

“Nowadays everyone has shredders in their motor homes and high-tech security on their computers.

“It’s another lesson learned for Lewis, I’m afraid.”

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari added: “I would never do something like this because it is a kick in the teeth to confidentiality, to yourself and to your team, who are all working so you can do your best and the company can improve.”

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  • hillside

    Lewis Hamilton = one trick pony

  • Kimi4WDC

    Tough negotiation talks, I assume :)

  • Speedo

    When did Jenson become the boss of McLaren. Just because he won he has suddenly shoots his big mouth. Whitmarsh has dealt with Lewis and therfore Jenson should Button his mouth and not rat on a team mate. This clearly shows that he is envious of Lewis. Maybe because of the articles published on whether he would play second fiddle to help Lewis win the championship and also Lewis has been able to perform having identical cars while Button has been moaning. Further more Button too has a big mouth using four letter words at interviews last season. I did not hear Lewis telling him to mind his language. Button likes to be heard and some of the articles are a big bore. Jenson, you and Lewis are a team therefore let there not be any enmity for the public to see or hear. Its not in the spirit of sports on team members criticising each other therefore it is better to button the mouth.

  • Psych4191

    @Speedo, you seem extremely angry that Lewis is a moron.

    You say Button’s been whining, but all he’s said is “I have to get better” and “It’ll come around sooner or later”. Things like that are mature ways to keep the media at bay while you’re struggling.

    Lewis has one bad weekend and exposes his teams’ secrets and bitches about Jenson having the new wing. He got his ass kicked and became a whiny toddler. This isn’t the first time he’s done this either.

  • Speedo

    @Psych4191 My point is Button had no right to comment on his team mate when Whitmarsh who is the boss dealt with it and had reprimanded Lewis. When the press/media questioned Lewis on Grosjean bashing into him Lewis said “no comment you can see for yourself”. Lewis did not go about criticising Grosjean and for that matter neither did Alonso. My post does not condone with Lewis. I certainly agree that Lewis made a big mistake. What I will not stand for is team mates ratting on each other. It has happened in cycling (recently), cricket and may be other sports too. Team players should know that the boss is there to deal with it.

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