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Monday 26 January 2015

McLaren not good enough, says Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 13: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren prepares to drive during practice for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 13, 2012 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton believes McLaren have simply not done a good enough job this season for him to have won the Formula One world title.

Hamilton has endured a myriad of issues over the course of the year, notably with unreliability, which is so unlike McLaren as their cars in the past have been renowned for being bulletproof.

The 27-year-old was plagued by gearbox issues in China and Singapore, anti-rollbar problems in Japan and Korea, and then a fuel pressure failure in Abu Dhabi.

Throw in pit-stop errors in Bahrain, Monaco and Valencia, whilst in Barcelona, Hamilton qualified on pole, only to be demoted to the back of the grid as the team made a mistake in fuelling the car.

“I've been doing my best this year, but it's been a tough one because we've just had lots and lots of problems. We've had too many problems to have won. We've not done a good enough job collectively to have won the championship,” said Hamilton.

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