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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Geno - USA - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:50 AM
Last Edited 690 days ago

Lewis only has to win 2 races to double the performance of the Mercedes team this season. His qualifying alone will help improve their standings.

McLaran now has two very similar drivers and poor qualifiers. They are both good with tire wear but this has been less of a factor this year than 2011.

The problem with having two very similar drivers is how to split the strategies.

My prediction is that McLaran will win 3 or 4 races next year and so will Mercedes. 2014 is the key when McLaran may be a customer-engine car.

I laugh when I read comments from the people who claim Lewis is greedy. If your employer offered you a haircut, would you look at your options? Anybody whose skills are in-demand would.

Also, it has been reported that McLaran offered to match the Mercedes offer. If so, it would seem that they value his services. Perhaps they know more than you.

Firestorm - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 9:17 AM

Personally I think that only the time will answer rightly to the question raised in this poll. And I am pretty sure that many agrees with me to this point. Whatever happens in the future, Hamilton's decision was brave and personally, for the first time I feel a huge respect for him at the moment(I never liked Lewis), he was very brave. In 2006 McLaren lost Raikkonen, next year lost Alonso and now Hamilton. They are among the best drivers of the last years. That makes you think...Something isn't right in McLaren's management. So personally I hope that Lewis will beat both McLaren drivers next year.

arcuid

October 01, 2012 9:29 AM

richard, yes it is true Lewis and McLaren's relationship has been stale for some time no even longer. Frankly I do not blame him for wanting to leave even though McLaren did match Mercs offer. As for the Jacques Villenueve comparison in terms of the move lets remember that Jacques did not have a Ross Brawn by his side but his manager Craig Pollock who had no idea what he was getting into. So can Ross Brawn pull a miracle? Lets see. It took him, Jean Todt and Rory Byrne and Schumi 3 years to get an ailing Ferrari back on its feet and he did rescue Jenson Button's career when he bought the Honda Team. One bright side is at least Simon Fuller isn't stepping in as Team boss. That would have been a bigger disaster. :)

beeflin

October 01, 2012 10:05 AM
Last Edited 690 days ago

The fact that McLaren raised their offer to Lewis suggests that they really weren't sick of him. They had hoped he would work with them to reduce costs, not expecting Mercedes to bid so high. But when the auction was under way they made a potentially winning bid of the same money plus a winning car.

From Lewis' point of view, apart from the greater freedom for his sponsors, I'm darn sure he wouldn't have gone for any team he didn't feel was offering an opportunity to develop them into champions. And Mercedes is the only team which is in any sense new but also capable of winning.

Finally, if you know Lewis' history you will know he has had a long association with Mercedes right up to (and indeed including) his time at McLaren GP. Like Schumacher, Hamilton is coming home to the Silver Arrows.

rob01

October 01, 2012 4:01 PM

Jacques Villenueve didn't race during Spec rules. The top five teams in the modern F1 all have a good shot at winning. Its a goal of the FIA. One they have been good at controling. Ask Red Bull.

107SS2009

October 01, 2012 4:34 PM

I struggle to understand why anybody following this sports doesn't make an effort to keep oneself up to date with goings on. It was said that Mercedes did not offer more of a basic salary then what mclaren was paying Lulu. It was also said that mclaren was offering Lulu much less of a basic salary then what they were paying him. Later on it was said that mclaren were willing to match what Mercedes were offering Lulu. When his (Lulu) basic salary is said to have been fifteen million, is it that hard to work out what both mclaren and Mercedes were willing to fork out, who was offering the most? A note here, at Mercedes he (Lulu) is given the chance of earning a lot more money, that will be money from bonus wins and personal sponsors, but the basic salary he used to be paid and the basic salary he was offered or better say both mclaren and Mercedes were willing to offer goes to show his standings in F1 compared to other drivers top earners, and remember these are only two out of four top

Wiseguy

October 06, 2012 6:05 AM

McLaren is a fabulous team with the best car in F1 this year. Either Hamilton is moving because of the $$$$ or he is stupid .... which we know is not the case. I hope that it works out for him because he is the most exciting racer in F1.

silent observer - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 6:42 AM

There may be a simpler explanation in addition to the soured relationship with Mac. Lewis may know something that we all don't. I believe Mercedes are putting together a technical/engineering dream team and looking at a long-term strategy and Lewis feels he can win titles with them, if everything comes together nicely.

Just my humble opinion...

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