F1 » Hill: Hamilton had to leave McLaren

Damon Hill says McLaren left Lewis Hamilton with no option but to explore his options elsewhere

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October 01, 2012 3:01 PM

@ Tai

What I love is how it's all the Hami fanboys who CAN'T WAIT to criticise the HECK out of Jenson, (or Massa or anyone else Lewis drives into, ((Or Vettel for only winning from the front or only winning 'cause he has the best car)) that are so fast to jump up and say we're haters and we're obsessed with Lewis and and and and and...... Seriously, POTS, STOP CALLING US KETTLES BLACK!!!

As Lewis would say, is it because we're black?

At the end of the day, yes, a super talented driver, but, a HIGHLY unlikable character. NO humility, no respect, and he acts like a child. I think Perez, who is quite a bit younger, has years' more maturity... And all the doom mongers saying this is the end of Mclaren... PALEASE!!!

Besides, Perz is MEXICAN and his English is better than Lewis'.... :p

bob - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:13 PM

I am not a Hamilton fan AT ALL - in fact, whilst he is obviously talented (as are most F1 drivers) I think he is one of the most highly overrated drivers in history.

4 years now finishing no higher than 4th in the WDC in easily one of the best cars for most of that time. How much longer will he live off his first 2 years in the sport?

On top of that he is one of the most immature, arrogant, self absorbed, bad tempered little so and so's with a massive chip on his shoulder.

With all of that being said, if he's not happy where he is, I see no problem at all with him going elsewhere. What's the issue? He is doing nothing different to many other, in fact, most other F1 drivers. How many drivers stay with 1 team as long as Lulu?

It may be a MASSIVE mistake on his part, but it also may not. Either way, I guess it cant be any worse that how it is now for both him and the McLaren team.

sandra - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:17 PM

Congratulations Lewis on the move to Mercedes....I think writing was on the wall from when Lewis wanted to go to Mugello test and McLaren vetoed it .Then the slow development a third of the way in the season was disappointing for all to see...As soon as new parts became available thats when the performance came back but McLaren were to slow to capitalise on the start of the season....If you have the fastest car regardless if your Jenson or Lewis and your team let you down its time for a re-think and a change of tactics .....And McLaren let them both down badly...So truly sorry to see him leave but can understand why a change had to come .....

piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:28 PM

Frank, Prost threw the trophy for the 1989 Italian GP into the crowd. that was the point at which those who saw it knew he wouldn't be racing for McLaren the following year. There's a photo somwhere of Ron's face at the moment of launch, says it all, and Ron still wasn't very impressed when Prost presented him with a replica a few years later!

fish fingers - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:49 PM

I still wonder why he tweeted the telemetry, was it just frustration, calculated or just plain stupidity, because it required some effort to prepare and put that info up. And did he ever apologize to the team properly?

Bubbles Sparxx - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 3:58 PM


Look Lewis doesn't care what you think, actually he doesn't even know whether you exist.


If McLaren car was so good why didn't Button win the title or is it not the same car?

@Fish Finger

Are you familiar with the phrase
"The Fruit Doesn't Fall Far from The Tree"

We talking about a driver groomed by McLean, the same McLaren caught in possession of Ferrari document. They reaped what they sow.

oligarch - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 4:14 PM

taipan, richard & nick. if lulu is so bad why isnt button running away with the WDC like he did in his brawn days? furthmore what is your take on next years regulation change on the exhausts & exhaust gases, which driver do you think will be affected the most

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