Whitmarsh trusts Hamilton won’t take data
2 October 2012 – Martin Whitmarsh is fully confident that Lewis Hamilton will not share confidential 2013 car information with Mercedes when he switches from McLaren at the end of the year. After a six-year stint with the Woking team, the 2008 World Champion will move outfit for the first time in his Formula 1 career.
Hamilton will head to the silver arrows and replace Michael Schumacher, with Sergio Pérez then being welcomed to McLaren. Before then, Whitmarsh stresses that Hamilton will receive full support in a bid to win the 2012 drivers’ title.
“Yes I think very much so,” the Team Principal told Sky Sports News. “We have a competitive car at the minute and we have six races left. We can win all of those six races and in my view we can win the championship. So, starting next week in Japan, we will be focussing on that.
“Lewis is a great racing driver and massively competitive. He knows there are races to win and races he wants to win himself, so we will be working hard to do that.”
On the subject of possibly tipping of Mercedes with data from McLaren’s 2013 car, which is now well into its development process, Whitmarsh concluded:
“I know Lewis well - I trust and respect him and he trusts and respects the team, (so) that is not something that goes through my mind at all.”