Updated: 04/10/2012 14:37 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton stresses commitment to McLaren



Lewis Hamilton will 'come out fighting' in the final six races of the season for McLaren

Lewis Hamilton will 'come out fighting' in the final six races of the season for McLaren

Lewis Hamilton has vowed no quarter will be given in his pursuit of this season's Formula One world title despite announcing his defection to Mercedes on Friday.

Hamilton is to end his 14-year association with McLaren at the end of this season, joining Mercedes on a three-year deal worth £15million per year. The move now draws into question his dedication to McLaren for the rest of the campaign, which has six races remaining, starting in Japan next Sunday.

But although trailing Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 52 points with 150 still up for grabs, Hamilton said: "In terms of the championship, there's nothing to really be gained by analysing the points tables. From now on, it's simply gloves-off. As in Singapore, I'll come out fighting, and I'll just be hoping for a better result next weekend."

That follows Hamilton's retirement at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on lap 23 with a gearbox failure when comfortably leading the race, denying him what would have been a third victory in four grands prix.

That, though, had no bearing on his decision to leave McLaren, with Hamilton telephoning team principal Martin Whitmarsh on Wednesday to deliver his answer after being set a final deadline.

Despite being given a decision he did not want to hear, Whitmarsh has no doubt about Hamilton's commitment to the McLaren cause over the final two months.

"He's told me he is," said Whitmarsh when questioned on the matter. "Clearly there will be cause to be distracted in the next days and few weeks, and we've got to try and protect him from that.

"If I know Lewis he wants to win this year's world championship, he wants to win the remaining six races.

"He's assured me he's a McLaren man for the rest of this year and that he's going to be completely focused on winning.

"So we are going to try and create as much protection for him and the environment in which he can do that."

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29/09/2012 18:16
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Some of the comments on here are down right nasty,why is it so wrong for someone to try and better them selves,why do you go for promotions at work,more money and better prostpects,thats no different from what Lewis has done. I love Mclaren but you have to look at what they have achived in the last few years offten having the best car. They have won one drivers championship in the last decade,so with that in mind,how do they expect to hang on to Lewis,who is widley regarded as the fastest drive around at the moment. Maybe not the most complete driver but right up there with the best. Being rasict towards him just goes to show that some people on here are not true  F1 fans,i dont like Fernando,but credit where credit is due,he has done a good job this year and if he wins the WDC then it will be well deserved. I dont post rasict comments about him,if you have nothing constuctive to say,then keep those kind of comments you yourselves,and tell me,if someone offered you double your wage for doing the same job,you would`nt take it.?????????
29/09/2012 17:13
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mclaren let lewis down time and time again with pit stop **** ups then let him drive knowing there was a problem with his gearbox lets hope mercedes look after him a lot better
29/09/2012 18:19
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I am glad to hear that Whitmarsh still has the common sense to back a winner to the hilt.
Perhaps Mclaren should have tried harder to keep Lewis but you have to have a reliable car first, and a happy driver.
The it is not sensible to totally confine extra earnings from advertising etc to McLarens dictatorial list.
Methinks Ron Dennis had dealings with this one in the background, and his attitude and the loss of last weeks race finally pushed Hamilton to leave.
Remember!
Hamilton always maintained he wanted to stay with McLaren for is career.

29/09/2012 17:41
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Alonso....total prat and spoilt mummy's boy...spits his dummy out if things don't go his way....can't stand him.....and Lewis can beat all of the others if he has the car running as it should including Alonso. I wish him luck for the future with Mercedes and I think he will do very well...and I think some of you don't know what arrogance is so your comments are not worth a light.
29/09/2012 18:16
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Very cleaver move if you ask me, personally i don't think Hamilton will win a race next season unless he is very fortunate and everyone will be calling him a money grabber and saying what a mistake it was to leave mclaren. Then in 2014 when the new engine regs come into force, the new engine regs that mercedes are already developing a car around, he will dominate the first half of the season just as button did in 2009. Then we can judge if it was a good move. Playing the long game and seeing a bit further ahead than next season shows maturity. Good luck Lewis.
29/09/2012 09:57
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Lewis is a born racer and as long as Mclaren gives him a car that car win races he will deliver so it is all down to Martin Whitmarsh.

I don't have much trust in that guy as he want to make a name for himself pushing Jenson further than he is capable of going all because he brought him into the team and want as much glory for that introduction.

If he plays his cards right he will get a large chunk of the remaining points from the balance of race and Mclaren may just save face from the likes of Lotus.

29/09/2012 21:19
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It's in his blood no matter who he is driving for he will do his very best. He just wants the same commitment from the team!
29/09/2012 16:53
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Why should hamilton accept a pay cut? He is the best F1 driver out there. When he had the same car as Alonso, he was beating the spaniard, hence Alonso "spat his dummy out" and left Mclaren!! Not many people here posting comments will be delighted to take a cut in their wages (okay we are not earning £7million a year) but that's the wage range you will expect in a F1 racing top team.
29/09/2012 16:41
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Mclarren should have kept him, he is an, will remain one of the best drivers in the world. for a long time to come. i hope mercades give him a car good anuff to win a championship.......!!!!!!!!
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I don't think it's about money, I think it's about winning races and championships. Mercedes could have the best car next year,  and Lewis want's to be in it. M S started with Jordan, went to Beneton, then went to Farrari, result, no loyalty, and 7 world championships.  I am english, and I want an english multi world champion. I would rather it be with a british team though. 
29/09/2012 22:18
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Wonder how much truth in Whitmarsh statement about support. Surely it will be in McLaren's best interests to keep Button happy as he will be there next season.

Hamilton will do his best because he wants to be a winner and it will be the McLaren support or lack of it that will decide how this season now pans out for him.

Next year Mercedes will have a driver who tries his best even if sometimes he can be considered a little too reckless.

29/09/2012 22:37
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I like the way Lewis drives, and good luck to him in the silver arrow next season, but i'm a McLaren man all the way and I think that Jenson and Sergio will make a better combination 
29/09/2012 15:27
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he will find frustration at Mercedes, its why Schumacher left.
30/09/2012 09:20
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Good luck to him, he's earned it, but that No.1 on Mercedes silver arrow will no doubt impress - so of course he's still going to be committed to his team with this in mind!
29/09/2012 20:32
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good luck lewis in  your move to mercedes you are a wonderful asset for any team and an example of british excellence
30/09/2012 11:09
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29/09/2012 20:20
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I think Hamilton will regret this move.
29/09/2012 16:35
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well, i think its a good move. he has raw talent and if McLaren cant cope with him and his amazzzzing ability then time to try some one else! lets face it , there is only so many times ANYONE can stand being let down. If you have the knowhow and the drive... but the tools keep letting you down...what are you going to do? simple. **** um...
29/09/2012 15:22
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jensons the man,lewis is all me,me,me, paul deresta would be ideal partner for button, watch this team improve next season no prima donners.
30/09/2012 23:32
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Did Herr Schumacher not leave Benetton renault in 95  to turn Ferrari around?
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