F1 » No rush, but Hamilton looks to continue on McLaren path

Lewis Hamilton looks set to open talks about a new McLaren contract once he has taken some time out to recover from the 2011 F1 campaign.

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Neil - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 10:14 AM

I hope Lewis stays put. I think if he moves to another team, it could end up like it did between Hammy and Alonso, and the team could fall apart. At least with a team mate like Button, and I think they really do get on with each other, a new car, a settled team. Who knows what could happen for the Woking team..

Tealeaf - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 12:33 PM

Im sure he has got places to go but maybe Redbull and ferrari just won't sign him because of his destructive behaviours, Williams and Force India could sign him I suppose lolololol
I can see Kimi going to Redbull for 2013 if next year is a strong year for him and Ferrari would probably sign Kubica if he ever recovers so for you Sham you have limited options if I was you I'd sweeten up to mclaren before you alienate them further and they would drop you based on your performances this year being trounced by Button.
Come to think of it the only team mate he beat fair and square without Ron's intervention is the lowly kovalainen, how pathetic.


November 29, 2011 12:45 PM

Sure he's got nowhere else to go - why on earth would he want to sign with anyone but Red Bull? McLaren are the only alternative and surely still favourite to beat RBR next year if anyone can.

Taz - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 12:56 PM

Lewis should leave McLaren if he wants to win another World Championship any time soon. Whitmarsh openly wants Button to win and will stop at nothing to make sure this happens behind the scenes. Most of the bad things that happened to Lewis this year were because of the car not being fast enough, not being setup properly or because of bad dubious team strategy decisions which worked against him during qualifying or during the race.

He needs a team like Red Bull or Ferrari where he can be cherished and fully supported - he will never be able to completely relax and be himself at McLaren. McLaren has been more like a noose around his neck - he needs somewhere where he can breathe and fulfil his true potential. I really think that leaving McLaren would do him the world of good and would allow him to grow. No driver should feel forced to stick to one team - Lewis has shown plenty of loyalty to McLaren already and should now drive for the fastest team.

If Whitmarsh is sticking around long

Taz - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 12:57 PM

If Whitmarsh is sticking around long term, Lewis is better off elsewhere. Button is a considerably slower and less capable driving than Hamilton - the fact that he has more points this season should be alarm bells to Lewis - he shouldn't need any more proof that there are forces at work behind the scenes in the team working against him and trying to push Button to the top. There are lots and lots of politics in F1 - Lewis needs to be aware of what's going on around him.

Red Bull really should give him a chance to do great things - if they don't - it's their loss quite frankly. Put Vettel and Hamilton both in a Red Bull and let them race - it would be great for the sport and for the fans.

ron'sgoldenboy - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 1:08 PM

Taz, i think your spot on regards Whitmarsh, but i think Horner does not see Lewis as a team player and would be reluctant to sign him and also while Red Bull are dominant i feel the Austrian owner wont have a driver there who would challenge Vettel. Sad really because we really dont know how good Vettel really is.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 1:09 PM

Fanatasy Formula1 stuff if ever I read as much.
The shift at McLaren this last two seasons has been to support two drivers equally. That is a fact that Hamilton gas had problems with. What Hamilton achieves is down to him and his crew and, unlike Kova days, he cannot rely on the other driver being used as the "spotter".
He would not get treated any differently in any other top team. Lewis has had the luxery of No1 status in the team from day 1 due to Big Rons personal whim. Whitmarsh is there to achieve for the team not the individual. He does not believe in No1s so therefor both drivers are given equal machinery and support. Button is simply the bbetter more complete racer and that is the challenge Hamilton must face up to.
No conspiracy against Lewis, just an adjustment to equal status thats all.

ron'sgoldenboy - Unregistered

November 29, 2011 1:34 PM

clondikemike, when you have two top drivers at a team you dont publically announce while in the season that the misfortune of one driver is down to him being beaten by his teammate no matter if it true or not like Whitmarsh did its unprofessional, you would not have Sir Alex saying Ashley Young is Better than Rooney publically even if he was its just not the done thing, but i belive Whitmarsh made those comments to unsettle an already mentally fragile Lewis, thats not what a team principle does who has both drivers interests at heart.

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