F1 » Brundle: Does Hamilton need 'fresh oxygen'?

Martin Brundle questions whether Lewis hamilton will re-sign with McLaren, and looks at possible landing spots should he decide to move on...

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May 30, 2012 2:42 PM

Dennis took a punt on the youngster, helping him through Formula Renault, F3 and GP2 - winning titles in both the latter two series -

I think you'll find he won the Formula Renault UK series too, 2003 if memory serves. Come on Crash, do your research properly, or do you need a new writer?!

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 2:55 PM

All good things come to an end. No harm in seeking pastures anew. Whitmarsh is not doing a good job of taking the team forward, and the car is not quite the world beater forever promised.

Droog - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:21 PM

The grass is always greener...
You wait, if he does decide to bolt to another team, he will regret it. He knows Macca inside out but will have to adapt to any new team's process's and in a technical sport that means real WORK.
Pressure on Macca right now is good, they need a serious kick in the ass, but I can't see Lewis being happy anywhere else.

OilSpud69 - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:30 PM


Good point. Maybe him threating to leave might just be the kick up the melons Whitmarsh needs to sort his act out.
Ferrari would be a poisoned chalice, but Mercedes have Brawn who knows how to look after his drivers.

Pole Position - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 3:34 PM

@ Droog you're right. It's too bad Mclaren has turned into a train wreck under Whitmarsh. Maybe, some fresh air will do him some good. Mercedes in my opinion is the best place for him.


May 30, 2012 3:55 PM

droog. yes, i cannot see lulu moving away from macca. but the other side of the coin needs to be looked at as well. i honestly cannot see another team (bar williams) wanting to take on such a contentious driver, who is moody and disses his team as well.

before anything changes, he needs to get a proper manager, one who can control him, settle him down, and advise him when not to open his gob. maybe then, if it is seen that someone can control him,then another team could be interested?


May 30, 2012 4:19 PM

i can't believe people have forgotten those little talks hamilton and redbull were having last year. you really think that was "just chatting" like they said it was, and then they sign webber for another year which just so happens to be when hamiltons contract ends. and now theres loads of hinting webber is moving teams. i mean come on. lewis won't go to merc he wants a winning team and they only make a winning car every 3-4 years for 1 season, why would he want that.

SHAKEN - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 4:39 PM

A great, great negotiator is Hamilton, that's for sure. That he managed to convince Ron Dennis (then McLaren boss / CEO) when he was just a kid and before he was even a teenager is incredible. A great, great driver- now that's debatable. One things for sure, he is not setting the tracks alight with records...


May 30, 2012 5:09 PM
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Have to agree with TLG1991...
Red Bull seems the obvious choice. It suits his "style" & "image" that he trys so hard to market himself on. Those talks he had I doubt were over the weather.
That coupled with the fact that neither Vernge or Ricciardo are proving consistant enough to risk them in the mother team. Thus causing Red Bull to look outside their young driver programme.
However, the driver market involving Red Bull depends greatly on the next 3or4 races and how Webber is performing... IF he is still winning races / in the top 3 of the championship they will do as they did in 2010 and tie him down so he is unable to potentially take the No.1 else where...
Hamilton would be mad to go to Ferrari, Alonso OWNS that team and would no doubt wish to re-pay him for the apparent "bad treatmeant" that Hamilton caused him at McLaren.
Mercedes are a team going places,but they're not there yet!
If i were Hamilton... I'd grab my Pussycat Doll and head straight for the Energy Station!...

herowassenna - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 5:19 PM

Mclaren a train wreck under Whitmarsh?
Let me see, 2008 WDC

Between 2000 and 2007, under R Dennis, they didn't win any championships.
Plus they were caught cheating in 2007 which signalled the end of RD.

I think Alonso would welcome him at Ferrari, to prove a point on equal terms, it wasn't Hamilton that caused "bad treatment" at Mclaren, it was RD and Mclaren picking Hamilton over the reigning 2 times World Champion.

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