Lewis: McLaren need to be better
Lewis Hamilton believes McLaren have simply not done a good enough job this season for him to have won the Formula One world title.
Hamilton has endured a myriad of issues over the course of the year, notably with unreliability, which is so unlike McLaren as their cars in the past have been renowned for being bulletproof.
The 27-year-old was plagued by gearbox issues in China and Singapore, anti-rollbar problems in Japan and Korea, and then a fuel pressure failure in Abu Dhabi.
Throw in pit-stop errors in Bahrain, Monaco and Valencia, whilst in Barcelona, Hamilton qualified on pole, only to be demoted to the back of the grid as the team made a mistake in fuelling the car.
The loss of points over the course of the season is considerable, to such an extent Hamilton would arguably still be in contention for the crown going into the last two races.
"I've been doing my best this year, but it's been a tough one because we've just had lots and lots of problems," said Hamilton.
"We've had too many problems to have won. We've not done a good enough job collectively to have won the championship.
"Hopefully luck will swing our way in the last two races, but we also keep our heads up and we keep going.
"The guys back at the factory shouldn't be disheartened, but we all need to work harder."
The frustration within McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh also runs deep because in the last eight races McLaren have only managed to bring two cars home on three occasions.
Whitmarsh can also appreciate his team has not done a good enough job as he said: "You have to get the points the car is capable of getting, and we haven't always managed to do that this year, which has been a little frustrating.
"You have seasons like it sometimes when it all goes easy, other seasons when it's a bit tougher.
"At the moment the season is not over, and I'd certainly like to have a go at winning the final two races before we start talking too much about next year."
The races in the United States and Brazil represent McLaren's last two chances to ensure Hamilton leaves the team on a high before he joins Mercedes from next season.
Whitmarsh is at least enthused by the fact his team and Hamilton rediscovered the pace of the car at the Yas Marina circuit after being found wanting in Japan, Korea and India.
The belief is that should remain for Austin and Sao Paolo as he said: "His pace was genuine in Abu Dhabi, and hopefully we'll see at the two remaining circuits.
"We know we've a competitive car, and now we have to see if we can win the first race in Austin."