Sir Jackie Stewart rips into “Little Ballerina” Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s week is going from bad to worse. If losing the World Title wasn’t enough, he’s been torn a new one by an angry Scot for good measure too.

Sir Jackie Stewart wasn’t impressed at all by Hamilton’s dismissal of his teams orders during the race, which for a time saw Vettel emerging as the unlikely winner of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates after finishing second and winning the World Drivers Championship during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP celebrates after finishing second and winning the World Drivers Championship during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Stewart believes that Hamilton’s actions were unacceptable and said,

“I think he [Hamilton] can be a little ballerina. 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 multi-national 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’.

Lewis was refusing their instructions, and he was going against the management team. 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. He only does 21 races a year. It is no big deal. We worked our asses off [in the old days] to make decent money, and they don’t even do much testing now.”

– Jackie Stewart

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He is employed by the Mercedes team and did ignore a direct instruction, so the Brit will more than likely receive some sort of reprimand. Hamilton did lack an ethos of teamwork, which is a big part of the sport. If Mercedes start to believe that one of their driver’s is unmanageable, they will have to act fast to develop trust or look elsewhere. A lot of this relies on Hamilton complying from now on. The team have put together cars for the past four-years that have allowed Hamilton to improve his personal profile and records in Formula One, and no individual should ever be larger than the team itself.