Hamilton happy with new car

PUBLISHED: 16:24 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton testing his new McLaren  Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton testing his new McLaren Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

RACE ace Lewis Hamilton feels he has another winning car to drive this season. The Herts-born F1 sensation was pipped to the World Championship last season by just one point. Reliability with the McLaren was good last year until when it really mattered –

Lewis Hamilton

RACE ace Lewis Hamilton feels he has another winning car to drive this season.

The Herts-born F1 sensation was pipped to the World Championship last season by just one point.

Reliability with the McLaren was good last year until when it really mattered - in the final race in Brazil.

However, 23-year-old Hamilton, whose family still live in Tewin, is already very comfortable behind the wheel of his new MP4-23.

Lewis said: "I feel very positive about it. I think we have made some mega steps forward and the reliability is even better.

"The car feels stronger than last year, and despite the removal of areas such as traction control, it is also very similar in certain ways.

"I think we have come a really long way already before the first Grand Prix, and I am confident we will be able to compete with the other teams."

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has every faith in Hamilton's ability to mount another title challenge.

"With Lewis and Heikki (Kovalainen), we have two racing drivers this year who are very keen to come out of the 2008 season as world champions.

"Naturally, Lewis enters this year as one of the favourites, a testament to what he achieved in his first year."

Sunday's opening Australian Grand Prix will show just how good Hamilton's new machine is.


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