McLaren says Lewis Hamilton's telemetry tweet 'an error of judgement'

McLaren has vowed to move on from Lewis Hamilton's controversial behaviour on Twitter at the Belgian Grand Prix, which included the former world champion releasing telemetry data

McLaren says Lewis Hamilton's telemetry tweet 'an error of judgement'

Hamilton published confidential telemetry of his qualifying lap at Spa to show a speed comparison to Button, whose low downforce configuration was better suited to the track.

However, the image of the data provided other valuable insights in to the performance of the McLaren car, such as ride height and speed data.

One rival team boss told AUTOSPORT that it had been 'gold dust' for his engineers in understanding the performance of the MP4-27.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said the outfit asked Hamilton to delete the image, but that it does not intend to take the matter any further.

"I think he made an error of judgement, and we asked him to take that one down and he did," explained Whitmarsh. "I think he realises that, and I don't think it's had an impact on his weekend."

When asked if he felt it was a breach of confidentiality, Whitmarsh said: "I don't think... no.

"It would be interesting to see how other team principals would deal with it. But I think no, it was an error of judgement, it was corrected fairly quickly and apologised for. We move on."

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe doubted that rival teams would have gained much from the data, but says it was still wrong for the information to have been posted.

"Like all of these things the internet has an infinite memory and I am sure the tweet has been taken down," he said.

"I have had several engineers approach me and it wasn't great, but in reality it is more about that we don't share data with the world. The actual data in there isn't going to be any great use to anyone, I don't think there is much damage done.

"The actual mistake that Lewis made, which he understands, is that he didn't really appreciate the nature of that information.

"The engineers don't like to see that because we spend our lives trying to keep things like that secret. So it is more what it represents."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said if one of his drivers had acted in such a manner than it would have been treated much more seriously.

When asked how he would have felt if one of his drivers had done it, he said: "They would not have been able to. It would be a breach of confidentiality effectively."

shares
comments
Closed cockpits now appear 'inevitable' for Formula 1 in future

Previous article

Closed cockpits now appear 'inevitable' for Formula 1 in future

Next article

Fernando Alonso says F1 drivers must take responsibility for avoiding future crashes

Fernando Alonso says F1 drivers must take responsibility for avoiding future crashes
Load comments
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021
The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower Plus

The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower

On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021