Sept.07 – McLaren Mercedes says it will not ask Hamilton to change his attacking mode and we fully support that. It’s won him championships and that’s our intention
Hamilton vanish his title chance after crashed-out of the Belgian GP. McLaren duo is now 113 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel with seven races to go.
“Lewis has had an up and down season and is a great driver who has won races this year and every year that he’s driven for McLaren, and he’s always pushing very hard,” McLaren principal engineer Philip Prew told a Vodafone phone-in on Wednesday. He obviously came into the season with great hopes of winning the championship and obviously it’s going to be very difficult to achieve that from here. He’s pushing hard, which brings its consequences of high risk and I think that’s what we’re seeing.
“We will not ask him to change because Lewis has a very charging and aggressive approach and we fully support that. It’s won him championships and that’s our intention.
Lewis is a very clever guy and he’s a very good racing driver, and he will reflect on the difficulties that he’s had this year and he will come back stronger.”
“There’s always been a balance, but as we approach the tail end of this season the emphasis will move towards the MP-27,” he said, “but there’s still much learning that we can have with the MP-26 so with the development plans that we have at the moment.
We should be looking at components that will give lap time benefit that we can hopefully carry over to next year, such as with front wings and rear wings for example that are directly transferable with the changes in the regulations, so hopefully we can benefit from both seasons.”
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