McLaren boss Ron Dennis has poured scorn on Sir Jackie Stewart’s warning that Lewis Hamilton might not win the title unless he receives more help from team mate Heikki Kovalainen.
Sir Jackie has reasoned that Kovalainen, who lags 30 points behind Hamilton in the driver’s championship, must step up a gear to take points off the Ferrari drivers and help the Brit’s chances of clinching an end of season pole position.
Not so, according to Dennis who was quoted by Reuters as saying: "The fact is that Sir Jackie retired from motor racing in 1973, which is 35 years ago, and the sport has moved on in that time.
"Jackie’s suggestion that Lewiss world championship campaign depends on Heikki’s assistance presupposes that Heikki’s task is to drive in support of Lewis – and that simply isn’t the case."
But Sir Jackie should know a thing or two about Formula One. The Flying Scotsman won the championship in 1969, 1971 and 1973.
His first championship victory came in only his fifth Formula One season, yet if Hamilton wins this year he will do so in only his second season.