Warwick was the driver steward in Monaco that oversaw the investigation into Nico Rosberg’s alleged deliberate mistake in qualifying that meant Hamilton could not beat him to pole position. Although the stewards deemed that it was an innocent error, Hamilton was far from impressed, and remained rather cold and distant for the rest of the weekend towards his teammate.
Earlier in the week, Hamilton had questioned Rosberg’s hunger to win, and refused to acknowledge him on the podium after the race in Monaco. However, Warwick has suggested that he simply accept that things don’t always work in his favour.
“I understand that Lewis was upset,” he told the Daily Mail. “Possibly he would have gone faster than Nico on that lap. Arguably the incident cost him the grand prix.
“I don’t want to give him advice really. He has won umpteen races and a world championship, but if I were to say anything, it would be to man up and concentrate on the next race in Canada.”
Warwick explained how the stewards had carefully analysed the data from both Mercedes cars when making the decision.
“It is a big decision to make when you are deciding to move a driver to the back of the grid,” he said.
“We had all Mercedes’s data, including Lewis’s data to overlay on Nico’s. We had the FIA data. We had onboard shots, overhead shots, circuit shots. We had throttle traces, braking traces, everything we needed to make, hopefully, the right decision.”
Nevertheless, Hamilton was still unhappy to lose the lead of the drivers’ championship to his teammate, and the intra-team battle at Mercedes looks set to rumble on at the Canadian Grand Prix next month.
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