Lewis Hamilton endured a tough 2011. Although he won three races, he was classified in a lowly fifth in the drivers' championship and his season was fraught with incidents, crashes, and personal frictions with colleagues. However on the eve of the 2012 season, Hamilton has received a strong backing from McLaren
team principal Martin Whitmarsh. "Lewis won three Grands Prix in 2011 - one of only three drivers to have won more than a single race," he said in an interview with Formula1.com.