Monday, March 2, 2009

Whitmarsh: I don't want to let Lewis down

Monday 2nd March 2009

Martin Whitmarsh says his first goal as new McLaren team boss is to ensure that he isn't the one who costs Lewis Hamilton this year's World title.

As of today, March 1st, Whitmarsh is the new team boss at McLaren-Mercedes, having taken the reigns from long-time boss Ron Dennis.

Speaking about his new job, Whitmarsh reckons it comes with a little added "zing" as well as a great deal more "pressure."

"I am a competitive person and being team principal adds a little zing this year," he told the Independent newspaper.

"But in 12 months' time I don't want to be the team principal who did not help Lewis to win the World Championship again, so that does add pressure."

The 50-year-old, though, admits it's still too early to tell just how this season will pan out.

"Our car is good and we will be bolting on a fair amount more performance to it, but who knows? Maybe others have done better and found something we haven't," he said.

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