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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    1. Here you go.

      McLaren PR director Matt Bishop responded by saying: “Sam didn’t throw Lewis out of our garage.

      “Rather, he gently guided him out since our car was being worked on by our mechanics at the time, with a number of its dismantled components clearly visible, which no-one from a rival team should see.

      “Lewis knew he shouldn’t have been in our garage in the first place, just as all team personnel know they shouldn’t enter rival teams’ garages.”

      Bishop pointed out Hamilton had also spent time in their paddock hospitality “at a number of grands prix” so far this season and had always been “warmly welcomed”.

    2. I don’t think Hamilton has done anything wrong regarding to his move to Mercedes, but he should have factored in that McLaren weren’t going to see his move to Mercedes in the way they should, I don’t think he should feel the need of hanging out with his old crew he is guilty of nothing and he should try to avoid mixing himself with his old crew during F1 operations.

    3. “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.”

      That’s just a manly issue, a bit of body contact can spring nasty reactions, every guy has experienced that rage. Perhaps Hamiton was discussing the manner he was sent out, that according to Whitmarsh wasn’t impolite, what’s impolite was to stand near another f1 team, a bit like staying to close behind someone at the atm.

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