Saturday, July 21, 2007

Lewis Hamilton will be fit enough

Ron Dennis has revealed that the McLaren team will know later today if Lewis Hamilton will be fit enough to race in tomorrow's European Grand Prix. In the meantime, the 22-year-old has been taken to hospital for some scans, although it emerged he has no serious injuries.

For Hamilton's own title chances the team will be hoping that he can race but also for McLaren's own battle in the constructors' championship it is important that he is declared fit as it is too late to replace him with the team's reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa. The rules state that the replacement driver must have taken part in qualifying.Dennis said: "The main thing is that Lewis is absolutely fine with no injuries and no broken bones. He has been taken to hospital for a precautionary CT scan and we will know later today if he is able to race tomorrow. Meanwhile, the team is examining the exact cause of the wheel failure, which was reported earlier to be a faulty wheelgun.Dennis added: "The accident was due to either a faulty air regulator or wheelgun causing the wheel nut on his right front wheel not to be tightened properly. The team is undertaking a full investigation to understand how this could have happened."

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