McLaren fine with Hamilton's aggressive style

McLaren's technical director Paddy Lowe insists the team does not want Lewis Hamilton to change his approach to racing, although he concedes he would like to see the Briton make less mistakes

McLaren fine with Hamilton's aggressive style

Hamilton has endured a difficult season, with some on-track incidents costing him valuable points and making him the subject of criticism from rivals.

Lowe has backed Hamilton's aggressive style, however, and says McLaren will not do anything to try and change that.

"Clearly he has made mistakes, all drivers do," said Lowe during a Vodafone phone-in on Wednesday. "Equally we want Lewis to make less mistakes, I guess, but we don't want to stop him driving in the way he does.

"I think he is the most entertaining driver we have out there; very, very fast, very good at pressing through the race even if he doesn't start from the front and that has allowed him to win 16 races and a world championship and we don't want to erode that spirit.

"That's what makes him what he is and that's what makes him the driver that everybody enjoys. Of course he will be thinking how do I make less mistakes but I think that's just a local blip personally."

Lowe conceded McLaren has also made mistakes during the year, and admits it did not give Hamilton a fast enough car to begin with.

"There are quite a few aspects to that. The first thing is we haven't delivered a car that's been quick enough generally and particularly in qualifying. Sebastian [Vettel] has done a fantastic job to get all the pole positions and we've tried very hard but unfortunately not been able to compete with that.

"That means even though in the race we had some of the fastest race paces, often faster than the Red Bulls, it's been more difficult to show that and deliver from it because we are not starting at the front. And it is easier to stay out of trouble if you start from the front so that is certainly a factor.

"But I don't think we should take away from what Red Bull have achieved and particularly what Sebastian has achieved. Their reliability rate both mechanically and operationally and driver-wise in terms of incidents has been extraordinary actually."

He added: "We've had good years, better years than this year. If you look back even look to 2007 Lewis had an extraordinary run of reliability both operationally and mechanical, and unfortunately we have not matched that level since then, but we work hard.

"It's about a lot of detail, a lot of stuff that isn't all the interesting getting in right. Bringing Sam Michael into the team as sporting director certainly will be a great help to some of the operational aspects. It involves across the board and I don't think it is just a matter of 'Lewis, don't make so many mistakes'.

"Everything in this world is complex, every incident has more to it. We have got to on the assistance side to make sure we are robust.

shares
comments
Lowe says Button is 'crucial' to future McLaren cars

Previous article

Lowe says Button is 'crucial' to future McLaren cars

Next article

Alonso says runner-up spot not a lost cause, but concedes it will be hard

Alonso says runner-up spot not a lost cause, but concedes it will be hard
Load comments
The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest Plus

The hidden Ferrari struggle that Sainz’s recent charge put to rest

Despite appearing to adjust to life as a Ferrari driver with relative ease, it was far from straightforward under the surface for Carlos Sainz Jr. But, having made breakthroughs in rather different routes at the Russian and Turkish races, he’s now targeting even greater feats for the rest of the Formula 1 season

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

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
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