McLaren will catch up, insists Hamilton

Mar 21, 2013, 01:10 IST | AFP

Formula One's Lewis Hamilton yesterday denied any feelings of relief at quitting McLaren and backed his old team to bounce back from their "small blip" after a dismal Australian GP.

Hamilton, who finished fifth in Melbourne in his first drive for Mercedes, said the successful outing had vindicated his decision, but wouldn’t comparing life under the two teams.

Lewis Hamilton

“No, I don’t look at them (after Melbourne) and think I’m happier. I look at our performance and realise just how good of a choice it was obviously,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian GP.

McLaren’s Jenson Button finished just ninth in Melbourne while Sergio Perez, Hamilton’s replacement, was 11th. But the 2008 world champion leapt to the defence of his former team. “They have always been very strong at catching up... I feel that this is only a small little blip in their journey this year. I’m sure they’ll catch up,” he said.

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