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In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton shrugs off ongoing speculation over his future.
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“I’ve been with the team since I was 13 and we’ve worked so hard since 2009 to try and win this championship and hopefully, finally, we’re in the position where we can. So the most important thing is that I do not get distracted by all the rubbish that’s been around.”
“Obviously that decision of who’s going to have the rear wing between Hamilton and Button was discussed among everybody. It’s not that there was only one rear wing, there were two, they were for both. But he decided that he was going to race with that. So he couldn’t live with that and shut up, no, he had to show the world why he’s lost, why his team-mate beat him.”
“People will probably acknowledge that [Fernando Alonso] hasn’t had the quickest car on very many occasions yet he’s established a great points lead. He’s a driver who just when you think he’s had a penalty, or he’s uncompetitive, towards the end of the race you think ‘damn it, he’s there again and he’s scoring points’ and that’s the quality of the guy.”
“The Stuttgart outfit have dangled a deal of a potential £100m over the next five years – far more than McLaren’s offer of around £40m over the same period.”
“A source close to XIX described such talk as ‘nonsense’, arguing that Hamilton’s and Fuller’s interests were aligned. ‘There is absolutely no way XIX would push Lewis to make a decision which would be to the detriment of his career.’”
Pictures of cars being unloaded in Singapore ahead of this weekend’s race.
Comment of the day
Rallying is a perfect way to regain his mojo back. Single-seater cockpits are too cramped for him to move his elbow. If it turns out he won’t be able to drive single-seaters again his future might be in rallying.
If it doesn’t, he’ll have several competitive performances under his belt. Crashing in rallying is no big deal, what happened last year was utterly unlucky. He’s not scared of it and I applaud that.
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