Hamilton warns rivals to write off McLaren at own peril

London: Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton has insisted that McLaren are still title contenders and warned rivals not to write them off despite their recent poor form.

The 2008 champion insisted they are still in the hunt for both drivers and constructors championships, despite their plummeting form and a string of errors that has seen them collect just 20 points from the last three Grand Prixes.

“I know that the results we all want will soon come to us. We are still very much in the hunt for this world championship,” the Daily Mirror quoted Hamilton, as saying.

Few teams can boast the kind of sparkling form McLaren have shown at Montreal in recent years, while Hamilton’s stellar Grand Prix career was less than three months old, when he scored his maiden victory from pole in Montreal at only his sixth F1 appearance.

“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 the factory are doing everything they can to give me a car that’s worthy of winning. And I’m looking forward to bringing that fight to Montreal, which is one of my favourite races of the season,” he said.

Aside from 2009 when the event was taken off the calendar, McLaren’s duo have started in pole position thrice in the last four years and won just as often.