12 Jul 2011

Hamilton given time off to prepare for Germany

6:13 am on 12 July 2011

McLaren will give Lewis Hamilton time off ahead of next week's German Grand Prix after the 2008 Formula One champion said he feared burnout under the burden of media and sponsorship commitments.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh says Hamilton did too much before the team's disappointing afternoon in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone where the former world champion finished fourth.

Whitmarsh says Hamilton's a superstar and lots of people want want lots of his time, although the team is generally being criticised for protecting him too much.

Hamilton qualified only 10th on Sunday and there were plenty of long faces in the McLaren motorhome after a session that showed just how much ground the team had to make up on Red Bull and Ferrari.