Hamilton not seeking Rosberg revenge

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All smiles: Lewis Hamilton is concentrating on improving performances, not getting back at his team-mate.

Lewis Hamilton has promised he will not be seeking revenge against Nico Rosberg following his Mercedes team-mate's actions in Sunday's controversial Belgian Grand Prix.

All-out war has now broken out between Hamilton and Rosberg in this season's Formula One world title fight following the events that unfolded at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Hamilton claimed the lap-two collision between the duo was engineered "on purpose" by Rosberg to "make a point", while the German says his version of events is very different. 

The incident ultimately forced Hamilton to retire, and with Rosberg going on to finish runner-up, the Briton is now 29 points adrift in the drivers' standings with seven races remaining. Hamilton, though, has vowed to keep it clean in his bid to claw back the deficit, and that there will be no retaliation.

"The weekend was damaging," said Hamilton. "I don't know how I'm going to get back those 29 points, but what I do know is I've a great group of people behind me.

"The poor guys on my side of the garage have had quite a lot of bad races.

"But I know with their support and that of the fans, the fact we've a great car, a great team and we should be finishing one-two, I really hope I can bring them some good results moving forwards.

"Whatever the case I will always put the team first and I won't take anything into my own hands."

Asked whether he could trust Rosberg should they be wheel to wheel at the next race in Italy, Hamilton said: "I'll have to make sure we're not wheel to wheel."

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McLaren and Whitmarsh part ways after 24 year association

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End of an era: Martin Whitmarsh performed in a series of roles while at McLaren.

Martin Whitmarsh has officially parted company with McLaren after more than 24 years of service.

hitmarsh served as head of operations, managing director and F1 CEO during his time with the organisation before taking on the role of team principal in 2009.

In January this year, however, McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis effectively staged an internal coup, returning to his former role as Group CEO, ousting Whitmarsh in the process.

It brought to an end Whitmarsh's five-year reign as team boss, with 2013 proving to be one of the Woking-based marque's worst in their history as they failed to score a single podium.

Dennis went on to form a new management structure, bringing in Eric Boullier as racing director, with Jonathan Neale stepping up from his role as managing director to Group F1 CEO.

Over the intervening months Whitmarsh and McLaren have attempted to negotiate a severance package, in particular to reflect the 56-year-old's length of service.

A solution has now been reached, with a McLaren spokesman confirming: "McLaren and Martin Whitmarsh have agreed amicably to part company."

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Button throws weight behind Hamilton

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Lending his support: Former team-mate of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button has backed his compatriot.

Jenson Button has admitted feel­ing sorry for Lewis Hamilton after watching his former team-mate’s Formula One world title hopes suf­fer a string of crushing blows.

Button, though, does feel the battle for the championship has become “spicy” following the war­fare that has unfolded between Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Button has been left amazed by Hamilton’s appalling run, with events on Sunday at Spa following his brake-disc failure in Germany and car fire in Hungary, both during qualifying at those races.

“I feel for Lewis, he was leading the race. It is unbelievable,” said Button, who partnered Hamilton at McLaren for three years from 2010- 2012.

“I’ve never seen such bad luck, or misjudgement on other peo­ple’s part, for Lewis to lose so many points over a period of races.

“It’s astonishing, really. I’ve never seen that before, especially when you have a car that is so domi­nant and they should be first and second every race.

“It is just a matter of fighting it out and beating your team-mate, although I know that takes its toll.

“But for me Lewis has come across really well in the media after some disappointing races. He has definitely grown as an individual, which is good to see, and has taken it on the chin.

“Hopefully it will build his con­fidence for the rest of the season rather than shatter it.”

The veteran 34-year-old has been left perplexed by Rosberg’s attempt to overtake Hamilton, adding: “There was nothing there. There was no move. I think any driver would look at it now, and I am sure Nico will look at it and say, ‘I don’t know, what was I thinking’.” 

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