Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2013

Hamilton: McLaren’s problems “not unusual”

2013 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Shanghai, 2013Lewis Hamilton says McLaren’s problems with their new car are “not unusual” for them.

Hamilton followed the development of the MP4-28 before leaving McLaren to join Mercedes. “I thought that the car looked the same, but I was told that they?ve changed the car completely,” he said in an interview on the official Formula One website.

“They?ve probably made some big decisions which they thought would translate into big gains, but that hasn?t happened. Actions like that are not unusual with McLaren. I have experienced that in the past, particularly in 2009 and in 2010 as well.

“So it?s not unheard of that they make drastic changes. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn?t.”

Hamilton added he’s had difficult staying in contact with his former team: “I went to see them in Australia.”

“But I also tried to see them in Jerez, at the test, and there Sam Michael threw me out of the garage. That wasn?t very positive and I don?t feel very good about that.”

“Martin [Whitmarsh] has been great and I have to say that I haven?t had enough contact, so I will give Martin a call.”

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