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Hamilton rapped for Twitter telemetry leak

Lewis Hamilton has been in hot water with McLaren after posting confidential team telemetry data on a social media site over the weekend - which rival teams are scrambling to examine.
Lewis Hamilton was ordered by McLaren to delete a post to a social networking site containing a photo of confidential team telemetry, it was revealed on Sunday.

The photo from a smartphone camera is somewhat fuzzy, but is still perfectly legible and could be of use to McLaren's rivals trying to uncover some of the Woking squad's technology and working practice.

The telemetry contained graphs comparing the performance of his and team mate Jenson Button's cars during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday. It also showed information about the car set-up including the crucial ride height measurement. A rival team could potentially reverse-engineer a lot about how McLaren was running their cars from the data shown.

Hamilton posted it as part of his attempts to explain why he had been so frustrated about his poor performance in the final part of qualifying which left him starting from seventh place on the grid - and ultimately right in the firing line of Romain Grosjean's aggressive lunge to the right which triggered the La Source wreck.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh confirmed that the team had requested Hamilton immediately remove the photo.

"He was asked to take it down and he did it immediately," stated Whitmarsh on Sunday. "He misjudged the situation ... He made an error of judgment and we asked him to take that one down, and he did.'

Hamilton also deleted a number of other posts on Twitter in which he made comments that could be construed as critical of the decision not to run the new rear wing on his car for qualifying and to try a high downforce setting instead, which ended up compromising his flatline speed around the 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit. However, Whitmarsh insisted that Hamilton deleted these other posts on his own initiative.

"All the other ones we didn't ask him to remove, but that one he removed it and apologised," he said. "The [other] tweets over the weekend he took down of his own volition. No one spoke to him about it.

"He wasn't thinking clearly obviously," added Whitmarsh.

Hamilton later explained that he wanted to "rephrase" some of the feelings expressed in the initial tweets, which had contained colloquial language and acronyms involving swear words. He avoided discussing the issues again on Twitter itself.

Whitmarsh said that was the end of the matter as far as he was concerned and that he was keen to move on, but according to the Daily Mail he added: "It would be interesting to see how other team principals would deal with it."

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September 03, 2012 11:39 AM

Gross misconduct. If I shared sensitive company information on twitter I'd be sacked and rightly so. Granted I'm not a top F1 driver but it shows a lack of respect for the team.


September 03, 2012 12:14 PM

Of all the dim-witted things that Lulu has done during his F1 career this takes the biscuit. What on Earth goes on in that kids head? Taz is right any other employee of any other company would be facing a gross misconduct hearing, but no doubt McLaren will just accept this serious breach of confidentiality as just another Lulu brain fart. He really is a liability, can you imagine any other driver being so stupid as to post sensitive company information on Twitter? On the bright side it's a great oportunity to laugh at Lulu and his fans, you support a complete bellend! LOL

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