Lewis Hamilton must learn to handle his racing misfortune without worrying what is written about him in the press - and he needs to clear his mind in the run-up to what promises to be a psychologically crucial British grand prix at Silverstone, the next round of the Formula One championship on July 6.

Lewis Ham Not my words – this warning to the 23-year old McLaren-Mercedes driver came from former triple world champion Niki Lauda after Hamilton completed a desperately disappointing French grand prix at Magny-Cours on Sunday in 10th place after incurring a drive-through penalty for straight-lining one of the corners.

After the race, Hamilton ignore requests for television interviews as the stormed back to the privacy of the McLaren motorhome, his obvious disappointment raising inevitable speculation that he was finding it difficult to deal with the pressure generated by his failure to score championship points in either of the last two races.

"Lewis needs to get his relationship with the press firmly in focus and keep in mind that anything which is written in the papers the morning after a race, whether he does well or badly, isn't going to alter the fact that he is one of the very best Formula One drivers of the current generation," said Lauda, who won two titles for Ferrari in 1975 and ‘77 and a third for McLaren in 1984.