Despite leading the standings for most of the 2007 season, Hamilton narrowly missed out on the title by a single point to Ferrari s Kimi Raikkonen. Following his near miss, Hamilton believes that he has the package he needs to win the championship this year.
“In terms of my package, there s no excuses,â€ he explained. “Last year the only excuse was that I was a rookie and that it was all new. But this year, I will continue to learn, so sure, there will always be mistakes but I don t feel there is any room for error.â€
Hamilton has also explained that he is happy that both drivers at McLaren will have equal status within the team.
“I just like fairness,â€ he continued. “I want Heikki Kovalainen to have the exact same opportunities; and if he does and I beat him, there s the reward I beat him on the same tyres, same engine and knowing all that, you just know you are the better driver. I don t want any advantage, any head-start.â€
Hamilton then commented on the driver status issues at McLaren last season.
“I think I established myself as equal last year. He [Alonso] was the leader at the beginning wasn t he? But it changed. Well, he though he was at the beginning but I don t think that should be the case we should be a team. It should be equal. He also showed me just how not to behave as an F1 driver.â€