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Whitmarsh expecting Hamilton will stay at McLaren



Formula 1 paddock talk’s raise that recent McLaren trouble will push Hamilton stay or depart the Woking based outfit, team boss Martin Whitmarsh is confident he will stay at McLaren.

2008 world champion struggled too in last two grand’s prix at Valencia and Silverstone. In European GP Lewis was start from second on the grid, troubled with tyre degradation, the unlucky man retired from the race penultimate lap due to crash with Pastor Maldonado.

The story was different in Silverstone; McLaren’s performance at the British Grand Prix was shockingly poor. Guys failed in the Qualifying and in race, Hamilton start from the eighth and his team-mate Button start from 16th on the grid. I think duo was struggled with current car set-up.

BBC asked if McLaren’s existing form would influence Hamilton, Whitmarsh said: “No, I think he’s smarter than that.”

He added: “He’s got to want to stay in this team, which I believe he does.”

Lewis Hamilton is currently fourth on the drivers’ championship, behind the Ferrar’s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull drivers Webber and Vettel.

Team boss still believes the McLaren’s fortunes will improve again. “He [Hamilton] knows that, I know that and we’re disciplined and battle-hardened enough these days to know that,” said Whitmarsh.

“You’ve got to take stock, learn from these weekends. Sometimes you can learn more from these than the successful ones.”

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