Hamil­ton a ‘lit­tle bal­le­rina’, says Ste­wart

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SIR JACKIE STE­WART has ac­cused Lewis Hamil­ton of be­ing a “lit­tle bal­le­rina” and called on Mercedes to hit him with an ul­ti­ma­tum of “do it our way or be ex­cused” from the team.

Ste­wart, Bri­tain’s only other triple world cham­pion, de­liv­ered his sting­ing ver­dict with Mercedes still de­lib­er­at­ing as to what ac­tion they will take against Hamil­ton after he dis­obeyed or­ders in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes were un­happy with Hamil­ton for back­ing team­mate Nico Ros­berg into the clutches of the chas­ing pack in a ploy, which they be­lieve, could have cost the team vic­tory.

“I think he (Hamil­ton) can be a lit­tle bal­le­rina,” Ste­wart told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda are not stupid peo­ple, and nei­ther is the Mercedes chair­man who of­ten comes to grands prix.

You can­not threaten a multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion of that size by one man who is just not do­ing it the right way. Give him the op­tion of ‘ei­ther do it our way or you have to be ex­cused’.”

Wolff, the Mercedes boss, sug­gested his team may take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against Hamil­ton for ig­nor­ing two di­rect or­ders to speed up dur­ing Sun­day’s sea­son fi­nale.

“Now, I am sorry, but when you are paid be­tween 20 and 30 mil­lion pounds a year and you are told to do some­thing you have got to do it. I don’t care who you are. It is not the first time he has gone against in­struc­tions, and if he is go­ing to con­tinue to do that they have the choice of drop­ping him,” Ste­wart added.

“Mercedes may just give him an­other heavy warn­ing, but if they do that they would then have to say ‘this is what is go­ing to hap­pen the next time you dis­obey or­ders’. An­other way would be to pe­nalise him fi­nan­cially.” – The In­de­pen­dent

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