Whitmarsh: McLaren failings not due to Hamilton exit

Whitmarsh: McLaren failings not due to Hamilton exit

13 June 2013 – McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has rubbished suggestions the Woking-based squad’s troubles this season are connected to the loss of 2008 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Speaking to British tabloid newspaper, The Mirror, Whitmarsh said that any talk of a ‘Hamilton hangover’ is wide of the mark and he added that he has complete faith in Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez, both of whom are doing a ‘good job’.

“I don’t think so,” Whitmarsh replied, when questioned on if there is a connection between Hamilton’s exit and McLaren’s dire form thus far in 2013. “Lewis is a great driver and a good asset and we have not got him.

“[But] both our drivers are doing a good job. We did not get it right in Canada and when I look at it now, I can be very self-critical of what we should have done.

“I have been through times like this before though and you have to keep everyone motivated and believing hard that we can win a race, so we have not given up yet. We hope to be better for [the British Grand Prix at] Silverstone because we want to do it for the fans.”

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