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Hamilton 'not going to change his approach' despite recent collisions

British driver says second would be “a great finish” in Sunday’s European Grand Prix.

Hamilton has denied he is considering leaving McLaren.
Hamilton has denied he is considering leaving McLaren.

LEWIS HAMILTON IS looking forward to Sunday’s European Grand Prix and will be adopting his normal, “aggressive” style, according to McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

Whitemarsh added: “I don’t think he’s going to change his approach,” even though he has faced criticism from some for his dangerous driving style recently.

Hamilton collided with both Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado in Monaco, in addition to clashing with Jenson Button and sending Mark Webber’s car into a spin in Canada – a race from which he was forced to retire as a result of his collision with Button.

In regard to Hamilton’s disappointing run of results lately, Whitemarsh said: “I don’t think he’s lost any form.”

Following his last two races, Hamilton finds himself in fourth position overall, 76 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel.

But the British driver denied that Sunday’s race was one he must win if he is to have any hope of reinvigorating his world title campaign.

“If it’s another bad one, it’s another bad one. Even second would be a great finish,” he said.

Hamilton also looked to quell speculation that he was seeking a move away from McLaren.

“I have not thought of myself in a Red Bull car or Red Bull (driving) suit.

“As long as we we remain competitive, there is no reason to go anywhere.”

Whitemarsh also played down rumours that the driver was set to leave McLaren, saying:  ”Ultimately Lewis will decide where he’s going, but I think he enjoys being in this team.”

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