Hamilton refuses to write off McLaren

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Lewis Hamilton has refused to write off his former team McLaren despite their disappointing performance in Australia last weekend.

McLaren scored just two points whilst Hamilton, now driving for Mercedes, finished a strong fifth on debut for the German team. Regardless, the 2008 world champion takes no pleasure out of McLaren’s struggle.

“No, I don’t look at them [McLaren] and think I’m happier.

“They have always been very strong at catching up. I feel that this is only a small little blip in their journey this year. I’m sure they’ll catch up.”

Hamilton instead focused on his own performance, and that of his team who have made changes to the W04 car ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix in an effort to improve their dry weather pace. He did however concede that the decision to move teams is already looking like the right one.

“I look at our performance and realize just how good of a choice it was obviously. The team have made some fantastic steps forward. Let’s hope that this car stays competitive through the year and we can continue to develop it.”

Hamilton has a good record in Malaysia, scoring points on each of his six visits to the Sepang International Circuit. He claimed pole position at the race last year, and although Mercedes may not be in a position to win yet, the Briton will be keen on finishing well within the points once again.

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.