Without Hamilton, McLaren have got 'one and a half drivers'

© F1 Pulse, 5 April 2013
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One possible reason why McLaren is struggling this season is because it is missing the services of Lewis Hamilton, according to former Formula 1 driver John Watson.

Mercedes has gained from the 2008 world champion admitting that its start to the current campaign has been better than it expected with the British driver claiming a podium finish in only his second race with the team in Malaysia.

Meanwhile McLaren, who had Button developing the MP4-28 in the latter half of 2012, has scored just four points – against Mercedes’ 37 – along with new recruit Sergio Perez.

"Red Bull have two drivers of a high level of experience, as do Ferrari and Mercedes,” Watson told the BBC website. "McLaren look like they've got one and a half drivers."

The 66-year-old reckoned that the relatively inexperienced Mexican’s signing has been questionable as it is “not yet clear as to what level of information or value he brings the team.”

"The big teams are benefitting from having two drivers with lots of experience and race victories under their belt and I think McLaren, at least in the short term, are losing out," Watson insisted.


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