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04/07/09
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Hamilton: McLaren to make some improvements  Lewis Hamilton has urged McLaren to up their game if they want to stand any chance of retaining the Drivers' Championship.

Two races into the season Hamilton has just one World Championship point to his name after being thrown out of the Australian GP and scoring only half points for his seventh-placed finish in Malaysia.

As such the 24-year-old is lagging 14 points behind fellow Brit Jenson Button in the standings and with the Brawn GP car well ahead of McLaren's MP4-24 in terms of pace, Hamilton admits it's going to be a tough task catching up.

"I hope we make some improvements," he told his official website. "The engineers are optimistic that we have some good improvements in the pipeline for the next race, but we've got a huge amount of distance to cover so it will be tough."

Hamilton added that McLaren's result in Malaysia was proof that his team were willing to work hard even in the face of adversity.

"It was a tough afternoon," he said. "In the dry, we knew our car wouldn't have the pace to run at the front - and that was clear in the opening laps when we didn't have the downforce to match the front-runners, and we also knew that he lack of downforce would also have affected us in the rain too.

"I'm satisfied that I pushed hard for the whole race, and even though seventh isn't the greatest reward, it shows that the team never gives up and that we are still capable of scoring decent results."  Planet F1

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