F1 » Hamilton’s Mercedes deal confirmed

After 14 years as part of the McLaren family, Lewis Hamilton heads for pastures new with a switch to Mercedes

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Jonny Gee - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 10:19 AM

I don't believe this is a major mistake for Lewis. Yeah fair enough it's the team he's grown up with and yeah they have financed his career but I can guarantee mclaren have made a hell of a lot more money out of Lewis than he's cost them. I think he needs a fresh challenge out of his comfort zone. Remember 2009 the mp4-24 I think? That wasn't a good car for the team but Lewis still made it work. I think merc obviously have something up their sleeve as I doubt it's all about the money as he knows the car is what he needs.

Also why would hamilton stick with mclaren after they only offer a pay cut! yeah I know 10 million a year is a scary amount of money but its less than JB is getting! So surely this is mclaren sticking a knife in his back after all the years of success and trophies he's brought.

So what for the rest of this year is Lewis gonna be getting the same backing from the team for the rest of the season? Are they gonna push hard for him still? I hope so!

What a move for Per

Redstone - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 10:21 AM

Perhaps moving to Mercedes will bring out a more mature side to Lewis with him having to take up the role of team leader and the responsibilities that entails as i do not think Ross Brawn will tolerate any tantrums.
As has always been said by people in F1.
No Driver Is Bigger Than The Team
Perez and Button at Mclaren will be a great line up for next year.

wanadoit - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 10:23 AM

Well, doesn't this change the color of next season. Nico is a damn good driver and now with Lewis as a team mate, they could quite put something special together, but Ross needs to pull something special out of the bag himself to give the Merc some extra legs, and if they do...could be very interesting up front, my opinion only.


September 28, 2012 10:26 AM

@ blublz, i don't think it was about Ron Dennis having enough of Lewis, its a case of Lewis having two offers and picking one. Apparently Ross Brawn was quite influential in bringing Lewis over to Mercedes.

But do agree i hope he can fulfill his potential at Mercedes and i would like to see Schumi in a advisory roll mentally for Lewis, but would he listen.

lorenzo lemioni - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 10:27 AM

this will give lewis the drive and determination to beat mclaren and whitmarsh and button next season,and he will have works engines and mclaren will have customer engines.last year at monza lewis could not get past shumi on the fast straights even with the drs fully open so there must be more power in the works engines. and i hope perez makes button look silly by beating him every race.


September 28, 2012 10:28 AM

Honestly I have mixed feelings. It will be hard for me to watch Lewis in a Mercedes. If things are no longer working out, why stay? Don't we all get fed up when we are not happy with our jobs and want a change? Drivers have changed teams all throughout their careers. Nothing new.

Matt - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 10:28 AM

McLaren Mercedes supported his early career.

Mclaren are losing Merc, Nortbert now has his own team and Ron has "left" Mclaren F1.

Whilst I think Mclaren would be the better bet for 2013, looking forward with new engine and chassis regs for 2014 a full works team, with the works engine has to be appealing.

Only time will tell.

I do think Ferrari have made a msitake tho by letting Perez go to Mclaren rather than getting him sorted with a contract.

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