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.

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