F1 » McLaren 'closer' to Hamilton deal

Jonathan Neale says McLaren is closer to a deal to retain Lewis Hamilton for 2013

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August 14, 2012 11:41 AM

I read that the key to securing LH is to make him feel like he's the greatest driver in the history of motor racing, and telling jb to play second fiddle, as at the moment he feels he has earned the same support from mclaren that alonso gets from ferrari with his performances in the first half of the season, it could still get messy.


August 14, 2012 12:28 PM

Won't happen, and I doubt he really expects number one status.
McLaren has two former world champions in their team, and this has occurred before, with Prost and Senna, etc. The team values internal competition in a way that Ferrari does not, who by the way, have never had two world champion drivers at the same time, though I could be wrong.
Regardless, giving Lewis number one status would likely mean they could lose JB, and would almost certainly have no opportunity to attract, Kimi, or Seb, or anyone of that quality in one or two year's time.
No, I think Lewis wants his trophies....


August 14, 2012 12:53 PM
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Today s media in Italy said that Nicole is spending 750,000L (Pounds) a month in private jet to stay close to her man after the restart of the relationship.

So if Lewis is paying he needs a better contract than the previous.

Shakey - Unregistered

August 14, 2012 1:31 PM


Why would Lewis be paying for Nicole's jet bill? I would've thought the lead Pussycat Doll with her album sales, fashion and cosmetic endorsements and whatever else would kinda be sufficient income for her to pay for herself.

Mark _

August 14, 2012 3:57 PM

@Benign - I suspect that Lewis does not put much value in Button's double diffuser WDC. Surely he expects the team to favor him. Lewis clearly performs better when the team does not give his teammates equal status. Maybe part of the deal is to get Heiki back in a supporting role again.


August 14, 2012 6:09 PM

The outcome of the deal will be totally conditioned (1) by what mclaren are willing to pay (2) and according to mclaren's established policy, mclaren will not move from the above criteria, remember that the deal is between a driver that can come as well as go and a team that was here, is still here and will still be here regardless of drivers/designers that comes and goes.

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