Hamilton will bounce back
PUBLISHED: 11:50 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 26 October 2009
FOR MANY it would be a day to forget, having stalled at the green light and then crashing into an opponent, writes John Hutchinson. But such is the determination of Lewis Hamilton to succeed, and so intense is his focus that you can bet that not only will
FOR MANY it would be a day to forget, having stalled at the green light and then crashing into an opponent, writes John Hutchinson.
But such is the determination of Lewis Hamilton to succeed, and so intense is his focus that you can bet that not only will he be eager to bounce back from his Bahrain disappointment in the next race, but he will be relishing the return visit next year.
Despite finishing a lowly 13th on Sunday and surrendering his lead at the top of the drivers' championship, the Herts race ace remains upbeat, as Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula 1 for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes points out.
"He had a reasonable qualifying run, but a practice accident meant Friday wasn't his greatest day and nor was Sunday," said Whitmarsh after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
"He won't lose confidence, though. He believes in himself and knows he can get the job done.
"He'll go away, rebuild and come back stronger in Spain."
Far from being a simple "stall", Hamilton's disaster on the grid has been labelled a "procedural error."
His engine was on an incorrect setting and this led to the anti-stall procedure kicking in, and subsequently he was passed by everyone else as he tried to get away.
More contentious, however, was his collision with old foe Fernando Alonso.
Yet Whitmarsh was keen to point out that nothing can be judged until a full investigation has taken place.
"There's certainly no evidence that Fernando did anything wrong.
"The impact damaged other elements of Lewis' car apart from the wing - he just had to cope as best he could."
Hamilton will be hoping to get his title challenge back on track at the next grand prix which takes place in Spain.
If he goes one better than last year it will be a success, as then he finished second behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
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