McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain talks to the media at the paddock during a news conference in Sao Paulo November 24, 2011. The Brazilian GP, the final race of the year, will be held in Sao Paulo on Sunday. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT)

Lewis Hamilton has no doubt his time will come this year and the wretched run of mistakes from McLaren overshadowing his campaign will disappear.

Last season Hamilton could barely complete a race without making errors of his own as a clouded mind off track because of personal issues affected him on it.

This year Hamilton has not put a wheel out of place, but hopes of a second World title are being undermined by his team.

The latest gaffe occurred in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday shortly after Hamilton was celebrating clinching pole, only to be told to stop on track for what later emerged as fuel issues.

The race stewards punished Hamilton severely, erasing all his times from qualifying and dropping him to the back of the grid.

Hamilton, though, is not going to allow what has happened this season affect his judgment when it comes to his future given his contract expires at the end of the year.

“I'm not looking at the bigger picture at the moment.”

“I'm just looking at this season, and I want to win the World championship,” he said.

“Of course, these last five races with the situations I've been in has not helped.

“We could have a healthy lead in the championship right now if we had capitalised on the performance we've had in qualifying.

“But we've just been unfortunate, and at some stage things will come together for our team and we'll get the points we deserve. That's bound to happen at some stage.

“At least I can say I was happy with my race yesterday. It shows the strength within the team, and shows that I'm on form.”


Meanwhile, the FIA is to investigate the reasons for the fire which broke out in the Williams garage at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday night, 90 minutes after the team's driver Pastor Maldonado had sensationally won the Spanish Grand Prix.

The governing body of world motorsport said that 31 people had been treated by staff at the circuit's highly equipped medical centre, while seven had been transferred to local hospitals.

“The FIA is collaborating closely with the Spanish authorities investigating this incident and will be providing a further update as soon as more information becomes available,” it said.


Fire - a horribly familiar sight in the sport up until the 1970s, is thankfully an unusual occurrence today - thanks to safety crusades from people such as Sir Jackie Stewart, Professor Sid Watkins and the FIA.

In 1994 a leak during the Benetton driver Jos Verstappen's pit stop in the German GP led to a spectacular blaze, while the image of Pedro Diniz's Forti Corse ablaze in Argentina the following year, again due to a fuel leak after a pit stop, made front pages globally.

Both incidents were anomalies, however, thanks to massively strong cars and fuel tanks, and safety measures such as dry-break fuel couplings. Refuelling was banned in 2011, and the sport now has an excellent safety record. That was why Sunday's fire was such a shock.

A Williams representative said the fire was believed to have originated in its fuel-storage area. - Belfast Telegraph