Whitmarsh: Hamilton will learn
Lewis tweeted out data feeds of both McLaren drivers' qualifying laps at Spa
By William Esler. Last Updated: September 4, 2012 11:01am
McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has described Lewis Hamilton's tweet publicising sensitive telemetry data after qualifying at Spa as "not well judged" and "embarrassing".
The 2008 World Champion posted a picture onto the social media site displaying information of the quickest laps of both McLaren drivers, including downforce levels and ride height, on Sunday morning.
Though quickly deleted at McLaren's insistence, the data was poured over by rival teams with Red Bull chief Christian Horner telling Sky Sports F1 during the build-up to Sunday's race that it was "very handy of Lewis to show us what McLaren are doing."
Speaking to Sky Sports News in the wake of Jenson Button's victory at Spa, Whitmarsh insisted that Hamilton would learn from his mistake - but admitted that the tweet had been an error of judgment.
"I'm sure people will be all over the data," Whitmarsh told Sky Sports. "I think it was not well judged and he acknowledged that as soon as it was pointed out to him.
"It was embarrassing for Lewis I think, and I'm sure he will learn from that.
"It hasn't driven a wedge (between Hamilton and the team), 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 is a deep and soulful individual, but he is going through a difficult time. I predict he is going to bounce back and we will see a different Lewis Hamilton in a few days' time in Italy."