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Martin Whitmarsh is confident Hamilton will stay

McLaren team boss Whitmarsh is confident that Lewis Hamilton will stay on past 2012

Posted Apr 25, 2011 by Weekend Round-Up

Lewis Hamilton and Martin Whitmarsh

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is certain that 26 year old Lewis Hamilton will continue to battle for the world championship with the team, even in a decade’s time.

There had been rumours leading up to the start of this season that Hamilton was planning a move from the team which had taken him to world champion status back in 2008 – at the time, a record breaking feat which was beaten by Sebastian Vettel in 2010.

McLaren has been plagued by inconsistency and unreliable performance so it would be natural to assume that Hamilton would consider a move in an attempt to reclaim some of the glory of days gone by.

Whitmarsh told the Daily Mail that Hamilton has a lengthy career ahead of him and that the McLaren environment is conducive to his ambitions. He says the team works well together and that the setup plays to Lewis’ strengths.

I think that a time comes in every athlete’s life when it’s time to move on from a team. A consistent environment also breeds comfort and complacency which leads to a lesser performance. That isn’t anybody’s fault per se but moving to a new team may well prove the right kind of challenge and the metaphorical boot up the backside that Hamilton needs to regain his form and challenge the dominance of Vettel.

Hamilton’s win in China doesn’t necessarily say anything. It was a good win, a deserved one and more importantly crucial to Hamilton and McLaren’s performance but it doesn’t guarantee it is the turning point.

I haven’t always agreed with the way McLaren operate, their haphazard testing schedule coupled with their desire to push the boundaries constantly can leave the team with a less than consistent ability to deliver.

That being said, there is a strong argument that given the FIA technical regulations, the only real thing separating the teams is the ability of the drivers making a move for Hamilton not all that important.

Hamilton’s contract runs until the end of 2012 and Whitmarsh says that although no contractual agreement is in place at present, there is a mutual trust and he has every confidence that the relationship will continue long into the future.

Would Hamilton racing for a different team make all that much difference? Add your comments below.

Meanwhile injured Renault driver Robert Kubica who was involved in a serious accident earlier this year told press this week that he was soon to be released from hospital and after 10 weeks in Santa Corona Hospital in Italy, Kubica has now been released to continue with his recovery under regular consultation with a doctor.

No doubt we will see Kubica as a spectator trackside very soon and hopefully back on the grid by next season.

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