McLaren boss denies rift with Hamilton after Twitter fiasco
5 September, 2012
Amid reportedly intense negotiations over the 2008 world champion’s new contract, the parties got caught up in the ‘Twittergate’ scandal last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
Then, some noticed that McLaren’s media focus of the Belgian Gand Prix weekend was conspicuously slanted in favour of pole and race winner Jenson Button.
“It [the Twitter affair] hasn’t driven a wedge” between Hamilton and McLaren, team boss Martin Whitmarsh has told British newspapers.
“I’ve known Lewis since he was 11 years old. He’s someone who has grown up in the team, he’s grown up in the glow of public criticism. Some things he has learned, some things he is yet to learn,” he said.
“He is a deep and soulful individual, but he is going through a difficult time. I predict [that] he is going to bounce back and [that] we will see a different Lewis Hamilton in a few days’ time, in Italy,” added Whitmarsh.
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