Anthony Hamilton: Lewis can win 2011 title
21 June, 2011
Jun.21 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton is still in the fight for the 2011 world championship, and that is the insistence of his father Anthony Hamilton, who after splitting with the McLaren driver as manager now handles the career of Force India rookie Paul di Resta.
Even before crashing out of the recent Canadian Grand Prix, Hamilton said of Sebastian Vettel’s runaway points lead: “He’s gone, he’s on his way.”
Then, in the Montreal race, Hamilton’s retirement dropped him behind his teammate Jenson Button and also Mark Webber in the drivers’ points standings, and the 2008 F1 World Champion is a full 76 points shy of Vettel’s lead.
“For me, Valencia will be a weekend of consolidation after two disappointing results in Monaco and Canada,” admitted the McLaren driver.
But Hamilton’s father believes merely hoping for solid results is an underestimation of his son’s true potential, tipping him to take his second title when the chequered flag drops at the season finale in late November.
“If I were a gambling man, I’d put some money on Lewis winning the championship this year,” Hamilton senior told the Daily Mail. “You’ll get some great odds. He can do it.”
At present, 2008 world champion Hamilton is about 14/1 to win his second title in 2011, while Red Bull’s Vettel is the overwhelming odds-on favourite.
Said Lewis Hamilton ahead of this weekend’s European GP in Valencia: “I’ve always gone well at Valencia, finishing second there in every race, and I really enjoy attacking the track. It’s a difficult circuit with no let-up, but that won’t deter me as I’m really keen to get back on track and get back in the points. This race will be our third street circuit in a row, so hopefully it’ll give me the chance to reverse the bad luck I’ve encountered in the previous two!”
“We’ve arguably had the fastest race car in the last three races, and that’s really encouraging because I know that, when it’s put to best use, I should be able to finish at the front. As always, that will be my goal next weekend,” he added.