Hamilton not underestimating Kovalainen 

Written by David on March 13th, 2008 at 4:41 pmLast Update: March 13th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen with McLaren MP4-23McLaren’s Briton driver Lewis Hamilton believes that his new teammate Heikki Kovalainen is much stronger than what he has shown so far. “I think he’s not showing his cards yet and he’s playing it down a little,” said Hamilton.”Everyone knows that he is very, very competitive. I am sure he’s going to be pushing me just as much as I push him.”

“He’s been a lot more active in the team than any other driver I’ve seen. We’ve been playing tennis, basketball and we’ve done our fitness trip together. It’s great to see him participating in everything.”

Ron Dennis on the other hand, appeared more cautious, given the troubles he had last year with Hamilton and Alonso: “It will be interesting to see if their friendship is as strong when they start beating each other as it is now, but they have good personalities.”

“I think McLaren as a team are definitely stronger than they were last year,” added Hamilton. “I feel this year they made quite a big step up from last year with everything they went through, they really managed to pull their socks up and keep going. I feel slightly more confident this year because I’ve seen the development of the car and seen how hard the team have worked.”

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