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Hamilton says future will depend on McLaren car

July 17, 2012

LONDON: Lewis Hamilton says a decision on his future will depend on McLaren’s ability to deliver him a title-winning car.

His McLaren deal ends this year and he says loyalty to a team who have backed him since he was 13 only goes so far.

He said: “There are a lot of things to take into account. These people have supported me; they got me into F1.

“But I want to win. I’m not that young any more so I want to make sure that whatever I do I make the right decision so I maximise my career.”

Hamilton, 27, has had a frustrating season at McLaren so far this year.
“You have to base your decisions on much, much longer than such a short period of time. I’ve been with [McLaren] since I was 13”

The team started 2012 with the fastest car – the first time they have done so for some years.

But a series of operational problems have blunted Hamilton’s championship charge and they have slipped from the pace in the last two races.

Hamilton, who was talking in an interview with Russia’s R-Sport agency, said: “I’ve been ready all year to win. We should have won a lot more races than we have, but there’s many more races to go. We still have a lot more chances to get some wins, and I think it’s possible.

“Up until now we’ve not developed as fast as other people. Other people have brought some more upgrades in the past than we have, but we have a big upgrade coming for the next race, so let’s hope that it does the job and gets us in a fighting position.”

He added that he would not let such short-term problems affect his decision.

Hamilton said: “To be honest, you have to base your decisions on much, much longer than such a short period of time.

“Only half a year cannot decide six years of partnership, or actually 13 years of partnership. I’ve been with them since I was 13, so it’s 14 years, so it’s much more than these small details. It’s a much, much bigger picture.”

He said he would like to settle his future over the month-long summer break in August.

“We haven’t sat down and discussed anything yet but I’m sure over the summer break it would be nice to get something in place,” Hamilton said.

“That would be a time when we can be more relaxed and make the most sensible decision for the future.”



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