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Hamilton: Brundle and co. aren't driving the car...

Lewis Hamilton hits back at the recent criticism of McLaren-Mercedes' new MP4-26, arguing that the team has 'the strength' to catch up and successfully develop the car into a world championship-winner
Former F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has responded to the scathing criticism levelled at McLaren-Mercedes' troubled MP4-26 by a trio of BBC pundits this week, stressing that since they aren't the ones driving it, 'they don't know exactly how it feels' and asserting that 'we definitely have the strength within the team to catch up'.

After team-mate Jenson Button admitted that he would be 'surprised' if McLaren's new baby could take the fight to early F1 2011 pace-setters Red Bull Racing and Ferrari in the curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne at the end of this month, BBC F1 trio Martin Brundle, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan variously described the MP4-26 as 'a mess', carrying 'a fundamental issue' and even so abject as to warrant the construction of 'a whole new car' [see separate story – click here].

It is clear that the McLaren is not yet where it needs to be in terms of performance, and such a fact Hamilton does not seek to deny – but just because it is not a title-challenging machine at present, he argues, does not mean it cannot be turned into one.

“That doesn't mean it won't become a world championship-winning car,” the 26-year-old told reporters at this week's Barcelona test, on the second day of which he managed to cover a mere 57 laps due to ongoing reliability woes.

“They (Brundle, Coulthard and Jordan) don't drive it so they don't know exactly how it is. I wouldn't agree with what he (Brundle) says. The car feels better than last year's car. It isn't as fast as others are, but two years ago we were two or three seconds off the pace and now we are maybe a second. We definitely have the strength within the team to catch up.”



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Mark - Unregistered

March 10, 2011 11:20 AM

@ IanG I don't think all of Hamiltons victories last year came because of mechanical failure from others. Remember Montreal? he got the pole and a fully justified win. Also deserved the win in Belgium, which also did not rely on others ahead having a DNF.



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