‘Frustrated’ Hamilton in for better F1 options
London: Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton, frustrated at driving an uncompetitive car for a third consecutive season, could be competing in his last British Grand Prix for McLaren next weekend.
The 26-year-old has a break clause in his 75 million contract that allows him to leave McLaren in December --12 months before the end of his five-year deal -- unless he is world champion or the team win this season’s constructors’ championship.
He is currently 89 points behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in the points’ table.
“It would massively suck if I only won one world title – massively suck. It would feel like a waste of so many years. A lot of people say it’s just about participating, but it’s not,” a leading daily quoted Hamilton, as saying.
“Second feels less devastating, but third, fourth is not good. You will always ask questions and look at all options and think: Is there anything better you can do?” he added.
Hamilton managed a fourth-placed finish at last Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Valencia, while Vettel continued his perfect start to the season by winning from pole position.
Vettel is now 77 points clear - virtually the equivalent of three race wins - of second placed Mark Webber and Jenson Button in the points’ table.
Hamilton had scored his first title success three seasons ago having almost become world champion in his rookie year of 2007. Since then, the 26-year-old has found the going rather tougher.
He finished fifth in the 2009 drivers’ championship after McLaren overcame a difficult start to the season and was fourth in the standings last year, despite remaining a title challenger until the final race.
There are rumours that he could move on if he does not regain his crown this year.