London: Lewis Hamilton has asked McLaren to pick up the pace to keep their Formula One title dreams alive, and assured that he will not be distracted from his F1 duties during his search for a new manager.
Hamilton, who is leading the championship, has increased his lead over teammate Jenson Button to 14 points despite finishing fourth in Germany on Sunday.
Worried over Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's form, Hamilton said: "We are scoring points still and just scraping by. But we don't want to scrape by. We're the third-fastest team now."
Hamilton, who is without a manager since splitting from his father Anthony just before the start of the F1 season, has assured McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh that the ongoing matters in his private life will not affect his racing.
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Whitmarsh is worried that one of the leading international players will attract Hamilton into their fold and turn his head towards becoming a celebrity at a time when he is chasing a second world title, The Sun reports.
Hamilton said: "Martin's obviously played a key role in my career, and for me the championship is the key, so all focus has to go on that. I don't believe there should be a point in the year when I'm distracted - that's never me."
"If I feel trying to search for a manager and working on something is going to distract me from winning the championship then I'll can it. I will not let a single thing come between me and my focus for a championship, so that's not a bother," he added.