Hamilton plans fast start to new season

MCLAREN’S Lewis Hamilton believes the first four grands prix of a crucial year in his Formula One career will not only shape his season but possibly his future in the sport.

In the final year of his contract with McLaren, Hamilton vowed last month he would make a decision as to whether he stays or goes sooner rather than later.

Crucial to his thinking will be whether McLaren have built a title-challenging car for the season which starts in Australia this weekend.

“The first four races will definitely play a role to some extent,” said Hamilton. “But my decision will be based on more than just the car. When you make a decision on your future it’s the whole package, it’s various things.

“It’s something that has to be thought about at the right time, but at the moment the most important thing is to focus on Sunday.

“I’m just trying to focus on this first race, get it out of the way, but also find consistency and get some good results under my belt. Every now and then I did it last year, but I want to do it more on a regular basis this year.

“That’s my main focus and I’ll leave my management to take care of the rest. ‘'m happy to be here, in fact I still feel quite privileged to be in Formula One.”