Hamilton keeps faith in McLaren
Lewis Hamilton is confident his first victory of the 2012 season will come soon and believes McLaren will give him a car capable of challenging for the championship for the remainder of the season.
Hamilton is currently fourth in the drivers' championship, but after another disappointing result in Monaco last weekend in which he criticised the team over the radio, reports have suggested that his patience with his team is wearing thin. In McLaren's Canadian Grand Prix preview however, Hamilton said he is confident his team would continue to give him a car capable of winning races and challenging for the championship.
"This is turning into a unique season - one where every race provides new challenges and different outcomes," he said. "Even though everything hasn't gone right for us, I'm confident that myself and the team are doing everything we can to ensure we're in the best possible position to challenge for victory each and every weekend.
"I know that the results we all want will soon come to us: I am doing everything I can to extract every tenth from the car, and I know that the guys at the track and the men and women back at MTC are doing everything they can to give me a car that's worthy of winning. We are still very much in the hunt for this world championship and I'm looking forward to bringing that fight to Montreal, which is one of my favourite races of the season."
Hamilton is confident McLaren will have a stronger weekend in Canada on a circuit that he believes could play to the MP4-27's strengths.
"The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a fantastic track - it's super-fast in places, which means it requires finesse and precision, but you can also end up racing wheel-to-wheel with people at 200mph too, which is an incredible sensation.
"However, you still want a car with decent low-speed traction - all those long drags are usually preceded by tight hairpins, so it's important that you can get the power down efficiently if you're to pull a good laptime together. With KERS Hybrid and DRS in the mix, it should be an exciting grand prix - although, interestingly, we're reverting to a shorter, single-DRS zone after the double-zone last year.
"On paper, I think our car will be well-suited to the combination: we showed in Spain that we're very good in high-speed corners, but we were also quick in the final sector, which is slower and more technical. Of course, it's still difficult to accurately predict the outcome, so I'll be focusing on another clean weekend where I can score more consistent world championship points."