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Hamilton: We’ve got a lot to do

Lewis Hamilton says there is work to do at McLaren after the final day of pre-season testing at Catalunya proves to be a virtual washout
Lewis Hamilton admits that McLaren has 'a lot of work to do' ahead of the opening round of the F1 season in Australia after the final day of pre-season testing was effectively washed out in Barcelona.

Heavy rain prevented the four teams still present at Catalunya from carrying out any meaningful running on Saturday, with Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado and Nico Rosberg the only three drivers to post a timed lap.

Hamilton was the only man to set a lap time during the morning and ultimately ended the day third quickest – admitting afterwards that conditions had been too risky to try and complete any longer runs on track.

With the MP4-26 having failed to deliver so far, poor conditions and limited running was the last thing McLaren needed on its final day of running and Hamilton admitted there was still work to do ahead of the Albert Park race, although a number of upgrades are still coming ahead of a season the Briton believes will be wide open.

"We tested a couple of things during some shorter runs, but it was very dangerous out there: very slippery and lots of aquaplaning,” he said. “This definitely isn't normal Spanish weather! We learnt a bit about the Pirelli Intermediates and Extremes, but there was so much aquaplaning that it was a bit too risky to do longer runs.

"As for the world championship, I'm excited - we've got a long season ahead of us. We've got a lot of work to do, but we have more updates coming for Melbourne.

"The championship is open, and we don't know what to expect. Our whole team will be pushing very, very hard."



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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 12, 2011 7:36 PM

Common McLaren!I am sure that you will win races this season.The same as you did in 2004 or 2009.But for the drivers or constructors titles?1As usual in the top five but never on top.

D I - Unregistered

March 13, 2011 3:37 PM

As a devoted Mc Laren fan, I will be most dissapointed if their car is slow come Melbourne qualifying round then they really will have egg on their face, after quoting on more than occasion their new 26 will be innonative-unlike the teams cars. I do hope Mc Laren are sand bagging and that they have a hidden card yet to be played, but I have my doubts. If they are not front runners (from the off) it will be painful to hear Whitmarsh and Lewis quote "there is a lot of unlocked potential in this car". Finally, it's not been mentioned that Mc Laren pitstops last year cost Lewis places at least 3 times last year due to slow turn-around (unlike the speedy Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes pits). I really hope Mc Laren have their socks pulled up ready for Oz.



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