F1 » Kovalainen: Hamilton should stay put

Heikki Kovalainen urges Lewis Hamilton to stick with McLaren for the 2013 F1 season

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September 19, 2012 10:14 AM
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Basically, that whole story sums up to:


Note: I am NOT knocking him, I mean, who WOULDN'T want to go to Maclaren? Great team, great budget and facilities etc. But I do like his 'subtlety'...

Rondick - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 10:44 AM

Yes Mcca has been the top team forever but Lewis may still think the grass is greener somewhere else...? Rubbish.

The only reason he would move is money so that is really up to him. My money says he will stay put as all this we have been reading is a load of $hite.

HartleyF1 - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 11:11 AM

Kovi is right.
If i was a driver in Hamiltons position i think i would be a fool to leave Mclaren.
THAT is why Hamilton will leave Mclaren...
Because he is a fool!. Haha!.


September 19, 2012 11:55 AM

The choice is down to the best car available or the most lucrative drive. Depends whether he wants to take the Schumacher path (success and riches from on-track( or the Beckham path (success, fame and riches from off-track activities). XIX know a lot about the latter.

Dario - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 12:45 PM

@Nick636, Heikki is obviously pretty introspective and intelligent, and is giving Hamilton an honest, unbiaed opinion. Not everyone is driven by selfish reasons. If he was desperate for that drive, he would keep his mouth shut, or at worst, play devil's advocate and tell Hamilton to try new challenges, stop being controlled by his parent team that's been steering him from the beginning, etc. But he didn't.

Don't project your own negative feelings of any driver not in a top team onto Heikki, who seems to be a pretty stand up guy.


September 19, 2012 1:10 PM

Anyone with a brain is going to advise Lulu to stay at McLaren.
Schumacher has had more mechanical retirements in 2 and a half years at Mercedes than he did in his last 10 years at Ferrari. Christ Lulu blames McLaren when the weather changes, can you imagine the hissy fits if his car broke at every other race?
Lulu would be mad to sign for Mercedes and Mercedes would be mad to sign Lulu. BUT Mercedes are a global brand and we all know that Lulu likes the idea of global brands. God knows what Mercedes get out of it though.

Manxie - Unregistered

September 19, 2012 1:24 PM

Taipan, very good point!
I'm also thinking that any driver leaving for another team must surely be an enriching experience, but not always a successful one.
To me, if LH is trying to 'hurt' Macca or trying to teach them a lesson as they are not willing to pay his demands, then he is a fool should he be going to Merc. However, if he has other reasons such as money, trophies, different experience, growths, then he is right to leave McLaren. I'm just not sure if he will enjoy the same success there... as per Taipans comments.
Ah well, maybe he will wait until MW leaves Macca, then comes back and becomes the second most successful WDC :)


September 19, 2012 1:41 PM

Manxie, IF Lulu sees himself as one of the top drivers then the only reasons for leaving McLaren would be the chance to drive for Ferrari or RBR but Ferrari and RBR don't want him which is completely understandable.
But why would someone give up McLaren for Mercedes? 2010 they were a distant 4th, 2011 they were a distant 4th, 2012 they are a distant 5th, they're getting worse! On top of that the Daimler board keep making noises about their future continuation in F1.
It's time for Lulu to stop being demanding and accept what will no doubt be a very lucrative deal at McLaren, anything else could prove to be his silliest decision of his career.

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