Webber Insists There's No Witch Hunt Against Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton's first season without father Anthony taking care of his management has seen the 2008 world champion in the center of some intense criticism by fellow drivers and F1 pundits alike. After only 4 rounds in the season, his weaving in front of Renault's Vitaly Petrov in Malaysia and pit lane battle against Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel set off plenty on reaction inside the F1 paddock.

After the Malaysia incident with Petrov, Hamilton only received a warning from the stewards, which later triggered some criticism from F1 veteran Rubens Barrichello and Petrov's teammate Robert Kubica. Additionally, the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) held a meeting in order to avoid such incidents from happening in the future.

In China, the FIA officials also handed Ham a reprimand for battling against Vettel in the pit lane. Red Bull's Mark Webber insisted however that nobody wants to give Hamilton a hard time over those incidents, it's only that he happened to be caught in the middle on both occasions.

There's absolutely nothing against Lewis. (There's no) witch hunt against anyone. If anyone had driven like that there would have been some questions asked. It's totally fair to do that. In the end it was nipped in the bud. Lewis is fine with it and we move on,” said Webber in an interview with the BBC.

Following the constant discussions over Hamilton's racing maneuvers this season, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone played the advocate role for the McLaren racers, telling the other drivers to “stop moaning” on the Brit's technique. Additionally, Hamilton himself praised this year's stewards for the decisions they make during the races.

Despite the criticism, Ham is yet to receive a penalty from the stewards in 2010.
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