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Hamilton laments McLaren’s recent reliability



2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton disappointed with McLaren’s reliability issue in recent few races. The Brit six times start from the top on the grid in this season, but he finished three times, two times car failure and also many times they made pit-stop error.

Hamilton made a fantastic start in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after the 20 lap successful drive, unexpectedly his car’s speed drop-down and he was forced to pull onto the grass at Turn 15. Following the race McLaren confirmed that fuel pressure problem has force out Lewis Hamilton from the Yas Marina.

There is good news for McLaren that 2009 world champions Jenson Button start from fifth on the grid and to finish fourth behind the championship leader Sebastian Vettel, especially it was McLaren’s 56th consecutive point finish in the Formula 1.

Lewis Hamilton also added that if my car was as consistent as Vettel’s or Alonso’s this season I would be right up with them now, possibly top on the drivers’ championship.

“The [56 races] statistic is nice to have,” Lewis said. “But more World Championships would be better. I’m sure McLaren would say the same.

“I’ve been on pole position six times this year and yet I have only won three races. In the other ones we’ve had failures and issues with pit stops and so on. If my car was as reliable as Sebastian’s or Fernando’s this year I would be right up with them now. Maybe ahead, who knows?

“It is now [two DNFs] in the last five races. And the cars, apart from India, have had problems in all five. In Singapore we had the gearbox failure; at Suzuka a rear anti-roll bar malfunction; in Korea a rear anti-roll bar failure; then we had India, which was fine, and then we had here.

“But this is an incredible team and I have no doubt in the future they will be competitive. I hope that they have a successful year next year.”

Hamilton now expecting he can finished on top at the inaugural United States GP and also season final race at Brazil.

“I feel if the car drives as well in the USA and Brazil as it did in Abu Dhabi then I will have another shot,” the 27-year-old said.

“So I’m going to go there with the same mentality and enthusiasm in the hope we can win one. In particular, after winning the last US Grand Prix, I would love to win the first US Grand Prix on F1’s return.

“To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever had a circuit where I’ve been able to put my name to it as the first person to win. I’ve just never had the car to do it, but perhaps I do now.

“As for Brazil, I’ve never won there, but again, if the car drives like it did in Abu Dhabi then to win there would be absolutely phenomenal because that (Interlagos) is a track. If I won there I don’t know how I would handle it.”

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said on Tuesday that he did not believe McLaren’s latest consistency problems were part of a wider issue, laying the blame for Hamilton’s latest DNF at the door of engine partner Mercedes. “In fairness to Mercedes, they have been very reliable,” Whitmarsh said. “But these things happen in motor racing, they are not related or endemic.”
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