F1 » Hamilton: Mercedes move not a gamble

Lewis Hamilton says is isn't a gamble to have switched from Mercedes to McLaren for the 2013 season

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Judge Dread - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 11:13 AM

It is obvious Mcalaren misjudged the situation, they thought that Lewis had no other option but to stay that is why they offered him a pay cut initially after all Vettell or Alonso would not want him with them as he would beat them, so Maclaren thought they had the upper hand, they did not realise Lewis wanted a change and the thought of joining Merceded and taking them to the top was just the challenge he wanted, only time will tell whether he succeeds or notonly time will tell but I for on ewish hime well.


October 04, 2012 11:52 AM

For financial reward it was a no brainer, and so not really a gamble, along with the fact that he's moving from McLaren Mercedes to Mercedes, Norbert Haug .is a familiar face, he knows Nico Rosberg, and lets face facts, Ross Brawn! He's bound to get it right at some point, Nikki Lauda parachuting in above everybody doesnt strike me as a team building exercise however.

Jasper - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 12:01 PM

Atleast he stepped out of his comfort zone, and took up the challenge. Just before Schumacher won the title for Ferrari they haven't won a drivers championship in 21 years or a construction in 18 years everyone laughed at him when he took up the challenge but now Kimi and Alonso are benefitting from years of Schummy's input into Ferrari, Lewis could go to Mercedes and help them


October 04, 2012 12:04 PM

This is the biggest gamble Hamilton has ever made. Is Brawn, a Dinosaur of the high testing days or not.
I hope Hamilton, will not be the next driver to leave Mercedes, having not achieved what he has been lead to expected.

kimki - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 12:04 PM

I'm lost, don't really get Hamilton's objectif! So basically he wants to win multiple WDC but moves in a team that 'doesn't currently have a car that is a championship contender' (???). With the hope that maybe, one day, in xxx years they could do it?? Isn't that a gamble??

Anyway it's funny how confused it gets now that (almost) everyone involved in this story has spoken:

-Hamilton says he took the most "difficult decision" of his life only few days ago by the 'poolside' in Thailand, everything's fine with McLaren but he hasn't spoken to Ron Dennis yet etc etc.

-Whitmash always said there was no "plan B", they made him the best offer etc etc.

- & Perez says he got in touch with McLaren several weeks ago! Only to mention those!

Some of the pieces just don't stick together...!

SpeedD - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 12:08 PM

As usual, so much for all the lil' girls spreading negative ideas that he only moved for the money. Whitmarsh has also just said that McLaren offered him the best of any current driver's pay.


October 04, 2012 12:22 PM


Whitmarsh has come out and said that McLaren not only matched Mercs offer, but as far as they were aware it would have been the best paying seat in F1 (I believe FA is on around 35m a year?) so they must have offered OVER 100m for 3 years, which is what the Merc offer was believed to be. I think this is less about money, relatively speaking, than the media think.

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