‘It was all emotion. First lap. Desperation. That’s not the way to win, not consistently. Hamilton is to blame. Rosberg is allowed to protect himself. You don’t go for it on the first lap.”
…were the words of another three time champ, Sir Jackie Stewart when summing up the incident between Hamilton and Rosberg in Spain as reported in the Daily Mail yesterday.
‘It’s just completely wrong. And then to throw the steering wheel out of the car. Probably £30,000-£40,000 of steering wheel. It’s difficult for them to leave Lewis out for a race when they need to win the world championship. But there does need to be discipline.”
Stewart goes on and reminisces about his past and concludes
‘I would certainly have penalised the driver who made that mistake on the first lap. It would have to be financial. But Lewis is making such a lot of money that it might not be a big penalty to him.’
The matter has been dealt with internally by Mercedes, although it would interesting to see quite how exactly the aftershocks will shape the remaining season.