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The McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has suggested that the team does not have enough pace at the Indian Grand Prix this weekend and it is extremely difficult to put a finger on the reason. The teammate of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button was also extremely slow compared to the rivals like Ferrari and Red bull in the practice sessions ahead of the Grand Prix during the weekend. Lewis Hamilton had promised prior to the race that McLaren will once again be back to winning ways having sorted out their reliability problems. However, things certainly do not seem to have improved on the speed front.
Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button both had disappointing practice sessions as they finished only in the sixth and seventh positions respectively. Hamilton said after the practice session that Red bull was extremely quick, while Ferrari was quicker than McLaren. He has attributed downforce to be a major reason for the lack of speed from the McLaren vehicles. Hamilton last weekend ruled out the possibility of winning the drivers championship title this season after Sebastian Vettel open a six-point advantage over Fernando Alonso at the top of the table. However, he has said that he will do everything he can to help McLaren finish as high as possible in the constructors championship.
“The Red Bulls are just too quick; the Ferrari is very quick. I think we are quick enough to be third or fourth, but to beat the Red Bulls we need to change something, gain something with the downforce. We’re not quick enough but we had quite a positive long run. But the times [are] looking quite good for the Lotus and even the Red Bulls. I think our race pace is not bad compared to others,” said Hamilton after the first two practice sessions on Friday.