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.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama final practice report

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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with a speed of 122.953 mph.

Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.

Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.

The practice was interrupted several times for incidents. 

Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.

With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.

“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”

With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.

Dixon also had an off-road excursion.