McLaren: Hamilton departure not cause of slump

Martin Whitmarsh with Lewis Hamilton

Martin Whitmarsh with Lewis Hamilton in better days

While Lewis Hamilton tries to up his game at Mercedes, Martin Whitmarsh insists that losing the services of the 2008 world champion is not linked to McLaren‘s 2013 slump.

Asked if needing to replace the highly rated Briton with controversial Mexican rookie Sergio Perez has contributed to McLaren’s problems, team boss Whitmarsh answered: “I don’t think so.

“Lewis is a great driver and a good asset and we have not got him. But I think both our drivers are doing a good job,” he is quoted by the Sun newspaper.

Hamilton moved to Mercedes over the winter, but at recent races  has looked glum as teammate Nico Rosberg scored a hat-trick of poles and won in Monaco.

The 28-year-old Briton, however, had a better weekend than Rosberg in Canada, finishing on the podium.

He is quoted in the Independent newspaper as saying that he was “determined to regain everyone’s confidence in me”.

But Mercedes insists that it has not lost faith in its new recruit.

“I don’t have that feeling [that] we lack confidence in him,” team director and co-owner Toto Wolff said. “I think we are going to see great races from Lewis. I’ve no doubt.” (GMM)

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  • Lol

    Rosberg is the better driver so far at Mercedes. 3 poles, 1 win. Hamilton, 1 pole, 0 wins.

    The fact Hamilton has more points means nothing, because Rosberg had 2 DNFs because of mechanical failures, 1 race he was ordered to not pass Hamilton losing him a podium and in Canada Rosberg was canned by Mercedes by giving him a very bad tyre strategy (putting him on the softs, while the harder was the better option…which Hamilton got..like everyone else).

    Hamilton knows this too, which is why he is upset. His hype is about to be exposed, big-time.

  • Jpuma

    Lol>> repeat your calculation which is better when season ends :)

  • Plooky

    You told Hamilton you could not afford him, then he left and you offered him double your first offer. And he still left.

  • KevinW

    Hamilton failed to dominate Button, who was always within a few points, and in 2 of 4 seasons ahead of him in the WDC 2009-2012. Meanwhile, 3 years running Rosberg owned the most successful driver in F1 history. Hamilton is good, but over-rated. Nico is also good and seriously under-rated. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. Of course this assumes Merc can stop handing Nico bad days like they have so far in 2013. If he beats Hamilton by any amount in 2013, it will be a serious victory considering he’s been dealt a pretty poor hand so far.

  • F1 Neutral

    Lewis seems really stroppy and uninterested when being interviewed lately. It doesn’t make for pleasant viewing or listening. He does seem to have a bit of an attitude problem at the moment.
    However, I do think that McLaren miss him very badly. He pulled out some amazing pole laps. He was quite often a thorn in Redbulls side.
    All I am hearing is Button moaning, every race. He needs the car to be perfect – too perfect. He can’t adapt at all. It was always going to be a much weaker lineup.

  • MacStar227

    Driver standings: 04 Lewis Hamilton 77 points. 06 Nico Roseberg 57 points. Who owns who?