Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he felt like a volcano set to erupt when he discovered his new McLaren was not a race winner. The 24-year-old became the sport's youngest ever title winner last year, but even team figures now agree that the ...
The 24-year-old became the sport's youngest ever title winner last year, but even team figures now agree that the MP4-23's successor is not a tool with which the Briton can defend his championship.
"After the first three races I was still extremely annoyed," Hamilton said in an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper.
He was speaking from Stuttgart, where the title-winning MP4-23 was added to Mercedes-Benz's car museum.
He said he only accepted one month ago that his current MP4-24 is never likely to win a race.
"Your expectations are so high and yet no matter what you do you cannot fulfil them. The disappointment was enormous; I could have exploded, like a volcano, but I had to leave it inside and it ate away at me."
Hamilton said he let his expectations drop at the Spanish Grand Prix and "since then I have relaxed a bit".
"I have a new goal," he revealed. "There are ten races left, and at some point I want to challenge Jenson Button. I want to beat him or at least have one podium place, and then for me my season would be saved."
When asked what he would do if he was able to design his own car, Hamilton said: "I would take the Brawn - it already has the super Mercedes engine - I would add our KERS, and then spray the thing silver!"