Surtees: Hamilton reaction was wrong
29 May 2014 – Former Formula 1 World Champion John Surtees says he was disappointed by Lewis Hamilton's behaviour after his fellow Briton lost out to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Rosberg effectively secured pole position for the event when he lost control of his car on the approach to Mirabeau in the late stages of qualifying, took to the escape road and brought out the yellow flags.
With a clean start under his belt the German did enough to fend off Hamilton throughout the 78-lap encounter and reach the chequered flag first, moving back to the top of the championship standings in the process.
A visibly frustrated Hamilton repeatedly questioned Rosberg's actions, something that Surtees disliked.
"I have no doubt about Lewis Hamilton's driving ability, but I didn't like what I saw and heard from Monaco," 1964 title winner Surtees wrote in his latest column for Motor Sport Magazine.
"I can understand the frustration that Lewis must have felt in not having that opportunity on the last lap of qualifying to get pole. But I think his reaction to his team-mate and team was wrong."
Surtees added his belief that Rosberg's excursion was genuine, as opposed to anything pre-determined.
"Considering the speed that Nico Rosberg had been able to exit Casino, and the way the road down to Mirabeau moves the car around, and the fact that having decided to abort the corner he went to the end of the slip road, I would have given him the benefit of the doubt," Surtees explained.