Hamilton shocked by McLaren slump

Date published: September 5 2015

Lewis Hamilton "cannot believe" that the team with whom he won the 2008 title, McLaren, are now languishing down in ninth place in the standings.

In 2008 McLaren helped Hamilton become F1's youngest World Champion as he took the title ahead of Felipe Massa and Ferrari.

That, though, proved to be McLaren's last crown.

While Hamilton has gone on to win a second with Mercedes, McLaren's form has taken a nose dive.

Teaming up with Honda after opting to part ways with Mercedes engines, McLaren are struggling just to finish races never mind score points.

The team has managed just 17 points this season, putting them second last in the Constructors' Championship.

"It feels very weird when you look at the board and you think of this historic team fighting with Marussia," Hamilton said.

"Marussia are relatively close and run on hardly any budget.

"It just does not make sense and I still cannot believe today that the team has got to this point.

"There is only one way for them which is a good thing. It can only get better and I am sure they are working as hard as they can."

The Brit also weighed in on the team's 2016 driver line-up, adamant McLaren need to retain Jenson Button's services given his experience.

"He is one of the greatest that we have here and I think experience still stands for enough.

"That team needs direction and that team needs a lot of help and they are going to need those two drivers during that period.

"If they had two young guns I don't know if they would progress as much as they would with someone who has so much knowledge of the car and the team, and who helps motivate the team."