McLaren boss backs Hamilton
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh insists Lewis Hamilton has been unlucky this season and has backed him to get back to winning ways.
The 2008 world champion is yet to secure a race win this season but a number of team errors have certainly cost him points during the current campaign.
However, Hamilton has picked up points in every race and is only eight points adrift of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, the joint Drivers' Championship leaders.
Whitmarsh has been impressed with Hamilton over the course of the campaign to date and has backed the British star to win a race soon and challenge for the drivers' title ahead of Sunday's Monaco GP.
"He has been on the front row at every race - and he's driving to I think greater levels of maturity and controlled discipline than perhaps we've seen before," Whitmarsh told journalists in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in.
He added: "I think it was a fantastic drive [last weekend in Spain] and I don't think he, nor I, nor anyone in the team, nor anyone outside the team, believe that he's lost his winning way," he said.
"He's only eight points away from the lead of a Drivers' Championship that's wide open and he must consider himself as a very strong candidate to win in Monaco, to win many more races and to win this year's World Championship."