The headline in the major German daily Welt claims Mercedes is the victim of “Hamilton’s ego-show”.
“With his disobedience, Hamilton weakened the authority of the team leadership and provoked his teammate Nico Rosberg, for a comparatively low reward.”
But according to Hamilton, that’s not the point. On Monday, he insisted he is “hired to race”.
“It is not questioning authority,” the 2008 world champion explained. “I am hired to be me, and race my heart out.”
Team boss Toto Wolff and Rosberg agreed after the race that Hamilton’s defiance had cost Mercedes a race win.