Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hamilton expects tough time at Silverstone

Tuesday 9th June 2009

Lewis Hamilton believes McLaren's woes are likely to continue at his home grand prix at Silverstone next weekend.

Hamilton and his McLaren team had another troublesome weekend in Turkey and he could only muster 13th place on Sunday. Team boss Martin Whitmarsh conceded after the race that Hamilton's Title defence is over.

The Brit, who is 52 points behind Brawn GP's Jenson Button in the Drivers' Standings after just seven races, admits things are unlikely to improve for McLaren at next weekend's British Grand Prix.

"We fully expect next weekend to be very difficult," he told his official website. "Firstly, Silverstone is one of the fastest courses on the calendar and it's clear that our car doesn't behave well through fast corners. It's also harder to harvest KERS there than at other circuits because there's not too many heavy braking spots - to give you an idea, we don't touch the brakes from the exit of Luffield right down to Stowe - about half the circuit - and there are no slow exits followed by long straights where you can use KERS for a boost.

"It will be difficult, but I'm looking forward to just racing in my home country, in front of my home fans, enjoying Linda's home cooking and soaking it all in."

Hamilton also had nothing but praise for Championship pacesetter Button, saying his compatriot "deserves" the success.

"I've know Jenson for many years - he's a fantastic driver and he thoroughly deserves the opportunity he's been given," he said. "He's waited years for the opportunity to drive a competitive car and, right now, he's showing exactly what he can do with it.

"I've always been impressed by Jenson: before I got to Formula 1, I thought he coped with the bad times really well, he never forgot why he was there and he never let the team down. That's why he really deserves this success. The reason he's leading the World Championship is because he's not made a single mistake since the very first lap of winter testing."

Source : Planet F1

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