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Hamilton 'won't be asked to change'

McLaren won't ask Lewis Hamilton to change his approach despite mixed 2011 season
Lewis Hamilton won't be asked to take a different approach to his racing by the McLaren team, despite an up and down season in 2011.

The McLaren driver crashed out of the Belgian Grand Prix last month as his hopes of catching points leader Sebastian Vettel all but disappeared, with 113 points separating the Briton from the championship lead heading to Monza this weekend.

That incident marked the second time this season that Hamilton has crashed out of a race after his much-publicised clash with team-mate Jenson Button in Canada, while he also went off while leading in Hungary prior to the summer break in difficult weather conditions.

While Hamilton's high-risk approach to racing has ultimately hit his championship challenge, it has also seen him take wins in China and Germany and McLaren's principal race engineer Phil Prew said there would be no call for the 2008 title winner to change the way he drives in future.

"Lewis has had an up and down season," he said during a McLaren Mercedes phone-in organised by sponsor Vodafone. "Lewis is a great driver who has won races this year and has won races every year that he's driven for McLaren and he's always pushing very hard. Obviously he came in to the season with great hopes of winning the championship and that's going to be an upward struggle from here - very difficult to achieve now - and I think his pushing hard brings some consequences of high risk. I think that's what we're seeing.

"We will not ask him to change; Lewis is Lewis and Lewis gets results out of a very charging and aggressive approach and we fully support that. We've seen that has won him championships and that's ultimately our intention. I think it should also be noted that Lewis is a very clever guy, he's a very good racing driver and he will reflect on the difficulties he's had this year and to come back stronger he knows what it takes to win championships and that's our intention still."



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Fred - Unregistered

September 07, 2011 6:16 PM

I think Lewis lacks the brains to change anyway, so anything they ask of him might just fall on deaf ears. He has raw speed, but doesn't give a **** about anyone but himself which isn't necessarily going to win him another championship



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