Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:29
I don't think anyone comes out of this twitter mess well. Not Lewis, not Jenson and not the F1 press.
Jenson Button can of course follow or not follow who he likes; he is not obligated to follow his team mate on his personal accounts. Maybe he wisely reckons being too friendly with your team mates isn't good anyway. However, he immediately followed Perez on learning he was getting a new team mate, so it looks more like it was personal. As it is, that, plus stirring the pot a few days after the original 'unfollowing' story had died down by correcting Jon Noble on twitter that he hadn't followed his team mate in the first place came across less as putting the facts straight and more "Just so you know, it's not that I don't like him anymore, it's that I didn't like him ever." Not sure that's any better! That, plus Andrew Benson gleefully tweeting Button about how funny it all is and Button winking back and it all seemed kind of spiteful stuff, the sort of thing more associated with the playground than adults.
Hamilton's error in thinking Jenson unfollowed him is somewhat understandable. After all, Autosport and the BBC originally thought the same thing and tweeted about it themselves in terms of it being a snub from Button. Maybe he even read about it in the press rather than directly. Still, him getting involved now made him look bad, not just because it adds to the impression that he's someone who acts now and thinks later but because the whole situation is so massively petty that saying anythng just adds to the mess.
He should have just risen above it all. What a storm in a teacup.