What he said:
“They are men, they have got to figure it out for themselves.”
McLaren team boss, Martin Whitmarsh, feels that Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa are mature enough to settle their differences themselves minus intermediation.
Hamilton and Massa have clashed six times on the track this season.
Whitmarsh believes that being second within his own team has contributed to Hamilton’s frustrations.
The McLaren team principal said:
Lewis, the great and exciting driver that he is, will not like being beaten by Jenson. For any driver, the first driver you want to beat is your team mate.
Lewis will be feeling under pressure because of the great performances from Jenson at the moment. I don’t want him to enjoy being beaten by his team-mate. I want him to try to beat Jenson, just as I want Jenson to try to beat Lewis.
Jenson Button is second in the individual drivers’ standings with 240 points behind Sebastian Vettel.
What Whitmarsh really meant:
“I’d really prefer it if they could just arm-wrestle instead of damaging my car.”
What Whitmarsh definitely didn’t: