Lewis Hamilton: “It was obviously the wrong way to go…”

Lewis Hamilton’s Spa qualifying session was badly compromised by a decision to go back to a standard rear wing rather than use the one that McLaren had introduced for Spa and Monza.

Both McLaren drivers were missing performance in the dry morning session. Having made the switch for qualifying Hamilton struggled with the higher downforce wing and could qualify only eighth, while Jenson Button stuck with the new version and having hit the sweet spot with his tyres took a surprise pole.

“This morning in P3 I had some instabilities with the new wing that we were trying,” said Lewis. “And at the time we had a relatively big gap between ourselves and the Red Bulls and the Ferraris. And so we felt on our side of the garage that we should try something to fix it, and for us that was to potentially go to the wing that we used in the last race.

“I was told or we believed that the gap between those two wings wasn’t so big. But we proved ourselves wrong. It was obviously the wrong way to go. We made the decision as a team.”

Asked if there were any benefits, Lewis said: “There weren’t any good points with that wing. We thought there would be benefits of having more downforce, but it didn’t feel that way.”

The fact that it was a team decision was underlined by Martin Whitmarsh, who said he was also party to the choice.

“We made a decision, and again I was very involved in the decision,” said the team principal. “Sat here this afternoon we feel we made a wrong decision. We didn’t have very much data, as you know, very limited running. We didn’t look sparkling competitive with either car this morning, and thought we’d make some changes.

“It’s easy to under react and then be kicking yourself, but perhaps we overreacted. We’ll see. A lot of things can happen. Tomorrow’s another day, it’s a long race, and it may let us do some different things in the race.”

Button explained why he didn’t change: “I spoke to my engineers and we decided to stay where we are because with the sun out hopefully the circuit would grip up. And we thought it was the best option, we just didn’t think running that much drag for today – and also more importantly for tomorrow – would be the right thing.

“It should be good for us, and we should be good in a straight line. We shouldn’t need to push as much in the corners. But you never know, and we don’t know who’s going to be quick either, and consistent also.”

Meanwhile some comments Hamilton made on Twitter about the wing situation were quickly deleted, presumably because he used the phrase ‘WTF’ and was advised by the team that it was not a wise choice.

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7 responses to “Lewis Hamilton: “It was obviously the wrong way to go…”

  1. Twitta – or rather its curse. I’ll be betting on twitta’s gradual decline because at the end of the day it’s fairly boring and consumes too much time. I think it’s non-news when Autosport creates a whole article around one small sentence derived from twitta: Jenson Button says “yeah, well, you know, for sure” on twitta, his team declined to comment on the issue but JAF1 tweets already spread the super important message around the world, F1 fan sites and surviving forums are exploding with whatever they normally explode with. Journos can do better than that.

    I have Hungarian 2007 press release framed on my wall, the one where Lewis denied the use of the “f-word”. Perhaps, I’ll just start framing twitter screen shots!

    Is this dutch kid, de Vries, still under contract with MacKlaren? They should be better off sacking HAM and putting NDV in dat car. At least his English language skills are not that advanced, I bet he’s not very good with abbreviations, OMG, LOL, HRSBBVMRTYUERW.

  2. gearsau

    Just wonder if Hamilton will ever grow up.? Seems to me that he will will never learn.

  3. Brian

    WTH, Adam. “WTF” is not a phrase. It’s a term. Or an acronym. Phrase = “a sequence of two or more words …”

  4. nick the hippy

    If Hamilton gets in trouble for tweeting WTF I hate to imagine what the modern F1 world would make of Alan Jones.

  5. My favorite quote from Alan Jones in 1980/81 was: “You’re not close until you touch.” Truer words never spoken!

  6. CerinoDevoti

    Lewis tweeted pics of the car telemetry that all the other teams got to see and study before Mclaren made him take it down. About as selfish and stupid a thing to do as I’ve ever seen from a Formula One driver.
    Like WTF was that mofo? ;-)

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