The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

McLaren want Lewis Hamilton to feel the love


LONDON (REUTERS) - McLaren have left Lewis Hamilton in no doubt that he will feel the love when he goes back to the Formula One team's factory this week for the first time since his move to Mercedes was announced last month.

The 2008 world champion, who returns to Woking on Friday for some work in the simulator before the Indian Grand Prix, declared his title hopes over for another season on Sunday after finishing 10th in the Korean Grand Prix.

His gritty performance in wrestling a damaged car to the finish prompted team boss Martin Whitmarsh to dig deep into his bag of superlatives, however, in declaring it possibly the most hard-fought single point he could recall in his decades at McLaren.

Hamilton has had a hard time of late, on and off the track.