McLaren’s under-fuelling fiasco may have ruined Lewis Hamilton’s Spanish Grand Prix but it appears to have strengthened his position within the team, reports the Guardian.
The McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, has been impressed by the way Hamilton responded to the devastating punishment of being flung from pole position to the back of the grid after running out of fuel during Saturday’s qualifying session; cars must be able to give a sample of one litre.
Hamilton, whose contract is up for renewal at the end of the season, then drove heroically to finish eighth, using only a two-stop strategy, and was as high as fourth at one stage.
Whitmarsh said of Hamilton: “I have to say he had some greatness I had not seen before. By the end of our chat he was consoling me. To say I was disappointed is a modest expression of what I felt.
“He was saying we win and lose as a team. He was a great, great driver this weekend. To be a great driver like Fangio you need greatness in handling setbacks, challenges off the track, and he has excelled in that. My affection and admiration for Lewis have been enhanced by events this weekend.”