McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has taken the unusual step of telling Lewis Hamilton he should change his approach when racing against Pastor Maldonado on track.
The pair clashed while dicing for position in the closing laps of the European Grand Prix, with Hamilton forced into retirement and Maldonado handed a 20 second penalty post-race that dropped him out of the points.
It wasn't the first time that the pair have clashed on track in F1 over the past two seasons and Whitmarsh has now taken the step of warning Hamilton to change his approach when battling against the Venezuelan in future.
“My own view is it was Maldonado's fault,” he told the Daily Mail
. “But he (Hamilton) is a racing driver and that is it. In hindsight you say that, dealing with someone like that, you have to take a different approach, but you cannot anticipate it.
“To my mind he didn't do anything different with Maldonado as with Grosjean and Raikkonen, although it was a different outcome.”
Quizzed as to whether Hamilton was right to try and defend his position, Whitmarsh replied with a simple 'Clearly not'.
Hamilton's failure to finish marked the first time this season that he hasn't scored.