McLaren confident their mistakes won’t hurt Hamilton talks

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-27 on the grid. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 13 May 2012.

Back of the grid for Lewis Hamilton in Spain

May 15 (GMM) Martin Whitmarsh is sure that McLaren’s recent errors will not affect contract negotiations with their star driver Lewis Hamilton.

The British team’s latest mistake not only cost Lewis Hamilton pole in Spain, it put the 2008 world champion to the very back of the grid.

Asked if he worries that the now seemingly constant flow of team gaffes will damage McLaren’s efforts to re-sign Hamilton, Whitmarsh insisted: “No, I don’t.

“He has got to build the support of the team, he has got to feel comfortable doing it, he has got to want to drive and he is in good shape,” British newspapers quote the McLaren team principal as saying.

“I look forward to working with him for a long time to come.”

But Whitmarsh admitted that, given Hamilton’s tumultuous 2011 season, he was worried the British driver might have despaired last Saturday when the team’s refuelling mistake cost the 27-year-old pole.

“I was concerned,” he said, “because it is a pretty tough thing to happen to a driver.

“But I have to say he showed some greatness I had not seen before. By the end of our chat he was consoling me.

“The relationship between Lewis and the team is stronger and better and hopefully we will work together for a long time,” added Whitmarsh.

  • Speedo

    Lewis will definitely stay with McLaren. Never once did he criticise his pit crew. He has taken it on the chin and gone on racing. On the other hand he has praised them and the team. Lewis is McLaren and vice versa.

  • beouf

    i agree with Speedo, i will be shocked if Hamilton is in another car after his contract runs out.

  • BILL.

    AYRTON Lost His Patience With MCLAREN After Just A 2 Year Drought.

    If This Becomes LEWIS Drought Year Number 4, I Hope He Jumps Ship.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • Nemo

    He isnt going anywhere. Mclaren have a great driver pairing that works well.

  • joputa

    @BILL

    Ayrton stayed with Mclaren 6 years…it was time to go to a faster team

  • BILL.

    @joputa

    My Point Exactly.

    This Is Year Number 6 Of LEWIS With MCLAREN.

    Go, HAMILTON !