F1 » F1 2012 POLL: Has Lewis made right call going to Mercedes?

Lewis Hamilton will join Mercedes next season having inked a three-year deal with the squad. Has he made the right choice? To submit your vote, simply, CLICK HERE...

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September 30, 2012 6:19 PM

What Lulu has done is jumped ship to a team that will pander to his ego.
Maclaren gave him everything and he has let them down with his petulant behaviour and poor professionalism. He cannot cope with the fact that Jenson is the ideal face of Maclaren. Talks the talk and walks the walk and doesn't winge on his twitter account!!!
Poor show really.


September 30, 2012 6:27 PM

Well in all honesty the "smoozing" is part of F1. The sponsors invite celebs to the races and events and the drivers have to smooze anyway. They are paid to do that. As for petulant behaviors most top drivers are divas if you think about it. Some just hide it better.

sokudo - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 6:42 PM

@elijah, I would merit Lauda's opinion if it were balanced but he works for Mercedes now, so of course he's going to hype up Hamilton. He's one of the very best no doubt but take what Niki said with a pinch of salt.


September 30, 2012 6:59 PM

arcuid. the only two teams that seem to attract "celebrities" are ferrari and macca.
the ferrari "celebrities" seem to be more genuine celebrities and ferrari clients, but macca always seem to go for the show biz celebrities. i cant say that i have ever seen merc courting all these wannabes, i think that brawn is too dedicated to want them in his way. but there again, daimler ag say they are trying to attract younger buyers, so maybe they will pamper to lulus friends?


September 30, 2012 7:13 PM

Time to move on, would have been better going to Williams for two years, I think he could have won more than one race in this years car, but on a business point Merc was the better deal. The interesting thing being that while David Beckham's profile and bank balance grew thanks to '19 Management, he was also taken less seriously as a 'top notch footballer.

chris - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 7:13 PM

@elijah Agree with you. And only last year Lauda said Hamilton would kill someone with his driving. It seems Lauda was instrumental in taking Hamilton to Mercedes on the proviso ( possibly ) that he was also employed.


September 30, 2012 7:22 PM
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richard, you are forgetting Red Bull. They often invite celebs when the team was chosen by big name movie studios to promote their films. Have you forgotten at a Monaco GP that the Pit Crews were dressed up like Storm Troopers for Phantom Menace and DC once wore Superman race overalls for the Superman reboot? I'ms sure they invite celebrities. They need them for PR. Its not only McLaren that attracts Hollywood. Jaguar even sponsored Ocean's 11 and had George Clooney and Brad Pitt as guests at one Monaco GP. Its not that big Paddock and I'm sure guests celebs and bigwigs go around and visit some if not all of the teams garage.

Bubbles Sparxx - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 7:35 PM

Maclaren gave him everything

Lewis didnt ask Martin Whitmarsh!!! One minute everyone wanted him sacked? now he left to join Mercedes when everyone thought nobody wanted him except for Marussia or HRT


September 30, 2012 7:56 PM

@Richard, Aren't the actors that get invited to the Red Bull garage part of Pop Culture as well? Seriously the celebrities that are seen hobnobbing at the McLaren garage are no different from the dignitaries and athletes invited by the other teams since they all wind up on the gossip columns one way or another. Oh and did Lewis make a big mistake signing with Merc? Part of me feels it. Have to go. 3am Monday here. Gotta sleep.

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