Updated: 29/08/2012 15:27 | By pa.press.net

Whitmarsh optimistic over Hamilton



Lewis Hamilton's future at McLaren is still up in the air

Lewis Hamilton's future at McLaren is still up in the air

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has no doubt Lewis Hamilton will sign a new contract with the team.

The 27-year-old's deal runs out at the end of the season, and he has been linked with a move to Mercedes should Michael Schumacher not be retained by the German marque.

Whitmarsh, who Hamilton has assured he wants to remain with the team, told Autosport: "You get a few questions over a weekend about it, and it is clearly fascinating to some people, but I really don't think it is an issue."

He went on: "Lewis and I have spoken two or three times at length. I think we are closer than we have ever been, and I have known him since he was 11, and our conversations have been about how we are going to beat the other teams, and how we are going to try and win races.

"We don't talk about these issues at race tracks because I don't think it is the right environment.

"Ultimately it [the contract situation] is relatively straightforward. If Lewis wants to stay in the team, which he has told me he does, then he should do. And if we want to keep him, then we should do.

"If the answer to both those matters is yes, then I think it is eminently doable - so not something that has to have as much focus as turning up at races, trying to bring the quickest car you can and doing the best job possible."

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22/08/2012 15:27
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Is it not time that this young man was left alone?

 

Choose where the bloke goes at least he will continue to entertain. At the end of the day, this genius of a race driver can see well ahead of everything and everybody on race day and because he can see routes that others cant he gets punished for it time after time. Isnt that racing wether he wins or not he can certainly entertain as well as drive. Personally, i would like to see the bloke drive for Lotus this season as this up and coming team need this drivers skill to lift them further up the leader board.Or if you really want a laugh and something to talk about then put Lewis in Webbers car and you will soon see some German rattles being thrown as that is where the cry baby lies!!

22/08/2012 16:47
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So what does this article tell us that we didn't know before ??? McLaren and Hamilton are talking to each other ! Big Deal (maybe !). What I do know however, is that  4 out of the 7 comments on here so far are "contact" advertising which MSN do need to control !!!! 
22/08/2012 18:32
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MSN do not care about Lewis Hamilton.  They do not care about Spam either.   But they do care about what you can reply to. How many times have you all tried to comment on more important issues than where a rich driver will sit next year and not been able to?

Have not tried but I bet you can comment on some rich royal kid being naked in America or where ever?  Who really cares about that?  At present 3 people have to die before we have to worry about what he does or does not do.

Let him play he is just like Margaret years ago.  No chance of being anymore than a princess so who cares?

23/08/2012 10:32
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bull****, if the boy wants to move let him go, Maclaren is dead anyway, too much politics and back stubing game goin on let Jensen be the main driver and lets see where it will end up, he does not know how to push the car to its limits and wins on oportunities, does not create it. would not blame hamilton if he wants to bounce. Infact am happy for him, keep jensen lets see where maclaren will end up ..........
26/08/2012 19:03
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If he has any sense then this second rate full of excuses driver should start winding down to the day his dangerous arse is kicked out the door!  **** wipe!
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bet he does no one else wants a cry baby
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