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New McLaren ‘looks different’ to rivals – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton had a sharp-eyed return to formula one on Wednesday after a long winter break.

The McLaren driver was in action at the Valencia test at the wheel of the team’s 2010 car, with the MP4-26 only to be unveiled in Berlin on Friday.

As well as adapting to the new Pirelli tyres, Briton Hamilton admitted to casting an eye over his rivals’ new cars at the Ricardo Tormo track.

“Our car looks different to others and I hope it reflects on its performance,” he is quoted by BBC Sport.  “Ferrari and Red Bull look more like an evolution of last year’s car.”

Another change for the 2008 world champion this year is that his father will be back in the grand prix paddocks.

Hamilton, 26, dumped his dad as manager last year but Anthony Hamilton will this season be in the Force India garage with his new charge Paul di Resta.

“He (Anthony) has done a fantastic job to get Paul in and clearly he’s very gifted at getting drivers to formula one,” admitted Lewis.

At the same time, he said he is close to appointing a new manager to work on his image and brand, particularly in new markets like the US.

“Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to let you know what’s going on,” Hamilton told reporters.

It is believed that 19 Entertainment, IMG and Creative Artists Agency are the frontrunners to represent Hamilton.