Harmony in the McLaren camp

PUBLISHED: 11:02 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:40 26 October 2009

HARMONY in the McLaren camp ahead of the new F1 season must be music to the ears of team boss Ron Dennis. It was well documented last season that the relationship between their top two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, became at best strained.

HARMONY in the McLaren camp ahead of the new F1 season must be music to the ears of team boss Ron Dennis.

It was well documented last season that the relationship between their top two drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, became at best strained.

At the end of the 2007 championship the Spaniard left McLaren to re-join Renault with the Finn, Heikki Kovalainen, taking his McLaren seat.

By all accounts Hamilton and his new team-mate Kovalainen are already forming a close working relationship as they prepare for the coming season.

Martin Whitmarsh, chief executive of Formula 1 at McLaren Mercedes said: "Since Heikki joined the team in December, it has become more apparent how well he and Lewis will work together to become a competitive force for the team.

"We feel confident we have the prospect of another exciting season ahead."

The 2008 season gets under way with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March.

In the meantime, the two first choice drivers are working hard with the team, including test drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett, to get ready for the challenge of the fast approaching championship.

Hamilton himself said last Friday: "I am enjoying working closely with Heikki, Pedro, Gary and the team as we push hard with the development of the MP4-23.

"We have 57 days to go until the lights go out on the grid at Albert Park and we are motivated to make the most of this time and arrive in Melbourne with a competitive car."

Ron Dennis added: "Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is looking forward to the new season, and we all expect that, with Heikki coming on board to partner Lewis, we will have a very competitive year.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times