Hamilton hits the gym in Kuala Lumpur… then weighs in on McLaren's poor start
12:32 GMT, 20 March 2013
15:57 GMT, 20 March 2013
Lewis Hamilton hit the gym today after weighing into a potential war of words with former team McLaren.
Hamilton, who was mobbed by fans during a signing session in Kuala Lumpur ahead of this weekend’s race in Malaysia, admitted he was surprised by McLaren’s miserable start to the new Formula One season.
The British team are facing up to a mini crisis after just one race with Jenson Button and Sergio Perez managing only ninth and 11th respectively in last Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.
Iron man: Lewis Hamilton lifting weights ahead of the Malaysia Grand Prix
And speaking ahead of the next instalment of this year’s championship, Hamilton said of his old team: ‘I didn’t think they would struggle.
‘The car that I was working on with them was fantastic last year so I can only have assumed it would have been an evolution this year.’
In contrast to the troubles at his old team, Hamilton, who placed a credible fifth on his Mercedes debut, is hopeful his new outfit will soon be challenging for race victories.
Hit with the fans: Mercedes driver Hamilton meets the public in Kuala Lumpur
Making their mark: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg gives an autograph alongside his team-mate Hamilton
‘I am really proud of my team now because we have done a great job with the new car and I feel really optimistic about the new upgrades and the developments,’ said Hamilton, who was speaking to Sky Sports News.
‘Coming here to Mercedes is a team that has really struggled over some time and I really hope we can get some results.
‘And I think because of the journey that we’ve been on if we do win any races than the satisfaction will be huge. ‘