Lewis Hamilton 'back on track' say McLaren bosses
After an incredibly difficult 2011 season, it is easy to understand why Lewis Hamilton might need a long break; according to his bosses at McLaren, that is exactly what the young British driver has been up to...
Hamilton admitted that he had been blighted by a number of personal problems during the season; this left his results tally looking somewhat inconsistent, as he managed to finish the season with three wins, but also a number of unfinished races.
McLaren director Jonathan Neale thinks that the incidents of last season are well on their way to being a thing of the past for Hamilton, he added: "I'm speaking to him most weeks. He's getting himself together.
“He's winter training really hard and he's in the right place doing the things he needs to be doing."
Hamilton is currently thought to be in the United States training in the Rocky Mountains; it is believed that he will be back in the United Kingdom by the end of January – this will coincide with the launch of the new McLaren, which is due to take place on February 1st.
The previous world champion said that he planned to take some time to readjust during the climax of last season; he added that he would spend the winter months reflecting on the various difficulties that he had faced, in order to ensure that he was back to his peak by the beginning of the 2012 season.
"What he needs to do is get himself in the car. He's only got something to prove to himself. He's his own biggest critic.” commented Neale.
"He puts extremely high demands on himself, we at the team are here to support him. It's a tough business, you've got to get the job done." he added.
BlueSQ, Paddy Power and Stan James currently offer 9/2 odds that Lewis Hamilton will go on to win the 2012 F1 drivers' championship.