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Hamilton rumours no distraction in fight for F1 title

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:17 AM
 
McLaren Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton smiles as he appears before the audience at Changi Exhibition Centre, on Sept 19, 2012. McLaren's team principal on Friday insisted that speculation over Lewis Hamilton's future was not a distraction in the fight for the world title - and warned that the driver's next move might not be known for months. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE (AFP) - McLaren's team principal Friday insisted that speculation over Lewis Hamilton's future was not a distraction in the fight for the world title - and warned that the driver's next move might not be known for months.

Martin Whitmarsh said McLaren had improved their performances since talk began about Hamilton, who has made it clear he is considering quitting the team after nearly 15 years.

Hamilton has refused to answer questions on the subject at the Singapore Grand Prix, dashing hopes he would put an end to the speculation by announcing his decision.

But Whitmarsh said Hamilton had successfully put swirling rumours to one side by winning two of last three races to lie second in the standings, 37 points off the lead with seven races to go.

 
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