Sept.13 – McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that Hamilton was not mentally affected his driving style. The last week race at Italy he involved a battle with Michael Schumacher and he was forced to resolve for fourth place. Hamilton was stuck behind Schumacher for several laps and was at one point forced onto the grass by the German. Hamilton though kept his cool, finally overtaking him later in the race and he also took the tactful route when asked about Schumacher’s defensive driving after the race.
The question about Hamilton had mentally affected by the criticism, Whitmarsh replied: “I don’t think so
“He is a tough cookie who just wants to win. He will very shortly bang in that win and look fantastic. It’s a shame it wasn’t here, so we’ll see if he can do it in two weeks’ time.
“Here there was a fair amount of provocation and frustration in the race. I think someone (Schumacher) drove him off the circuit pretty aggressively at one point.
“At the first corner he could have stuck in for second and lost a wing. He was calmer than I was at that stage, so congratulations to him on that. He is growing and developing, and I’m sure he’s going to win more races this year and put some of the other issues further behind him.”
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