Martin Whitmarsh says Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his bad run of form

Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his current troubles to rediscover the kind of form that helped him become a world champion, according to McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh

Martin Whitmarsh says Lewis Hamilton will bounce back from his bad run of form

Whitmarsh thinks that Hamilton has lost none of his ability, but is currently suffering on the back of some confidence-sapping outings.

And, despite fresh scrutiny of Hamilton's driving after another controversial collision with Felipe Massa during the Japanese Grand Prix, Whitmarsh thinks it will only take one good result for the British driver to get back to his best.

"I think he has got to be comfortable in himself, and it will come," said Whitmarsh, when asked by AUTOSPORT about his views on the situation Hamilton finds himself in at the moment.

"He is a great racing driver. His heart is in it, and he is very open about his emotions. He doesn't like not winning, but it will come good. I hope that this time next week we are celebrating one of Lewis' greatest ever victories, and that is entirely possible.

"We all know he has got it, we know we have got a car that can give him a win and he has got the capability to do it. We just have to make sure he has got the focus and ensure that we do that."

Whitmarsh thinks that Hamilton just needs some events to go his way for his outlook to be totally different.

"You look at any top international athlete. Their confidence and form ebbs and flows a little bit, and you have to say that, at the moment, some of it is luck. He is in a situation where he will, and can, recover very, very quickly from that."

Although Hamilton was on the receiving end of yet more criticism from Massa after their Japanese GP coming together, Whitmarsh thinks the incident at the chicane was nothing more than a simple racing accident.

"Sadly they do seem to be magnetised don't they?" said Whitmarsh about Hamilton and Massa. "Lewis did not see him. You could say 'well he should have done', but are the mirrors big enough, good enough? Maybe not, but it was one of those things.

"You could say, because of previous form, it was one of those types of incidents, but I don't think it was. He didn't see him and he moved over. In truth he [Massa] had more space than Jenson [Button] had at the start [after being squeezed by Sebastian Vettel], and if he had moved off line harder he would have avoided it, wouldn't he?"

Whitmarsh believes that Hamilton's biggest hindering factor in the Japanese GP was the slow puncture he suffered during the early laps of the race.

"He paid the price for a slow puncture. We could see it coming, and he had a big misbalance across the rear axle from that. It cost him a couple of places and the coming together with Felipe didn't help either.

"It was a combination of those things that lost him some places and it was tough to come back from that. In fairness to Lewis, he drove a controlled and disciplined race to score some valuable points. But, by his own standards, he will be disappointed by it."

shares
comments
Sebastian Vettel can get even better in 2012, says team boss Christian Horner

Previous article

Sebastian Vettel can get even better in 2012, says team boss Christian Horner

Next article

McLaren believes it now has a car that can win the last four races of 2011

McLaren believes it now has a car that can win the last four races of 2011
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021