F1 » Alonso backs Hamilton switch

Fernando Alonso backs Lewis Hamilton's decision to quit McLaren at the end of 2013

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tie pin - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 8:44 PM

Nobody held a gun to his head, if Ron spent money on lewis it was his choice. Thats what happens in buisness, some you win, some you lose. You could say the same with Perez, how much has Ferrari spent on him only for macca to swoop in and steal the fruits of their labour? Just food for thought...

insideline - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 9:00 PM

richard Well apart from how much funding Mercedes or Ron Dennis allocated to Ham since he was 13, it is a question of getting the opportunity. There have always been tons of very talented drivers all around the world who never got the big break they deserved. You've got more chance of winning the Lottery than getting a fully supported programme of racing through all the lower formulas and into a race seat at a top F1 team like McL. I think that commitment, support and trust deserves more loyalty than Ham has shown with his behaviour over the past two years. I'd be very disappointed if I was Ron. I am not convinced that the words loyalty and integrity ring many bells with our cousins across the other side of the Atlantic.
"I must be nuts!" so, obviously for many of them it's take what you can get and screw everyone else.

kimki - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 9:10 PM

I would have backed the switch too if I were a front runner because until Mercedes develop that reliable car, capable of winning, it looks like a good news...no???


October 04, 2012 9:16 PM

Ron Dennis might have invested some time and money on Lewis but he does not own him. I am sure the publicity generated in Lewis' first season of racing more than paid for any financial outlay. Drivers are allowed to change teams. They don't have to ask permission from Uncle Ron!

insideline - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 9:32 PM

I don't expect you to understand Wylie person.
Honesty, decency, loyalty, integrity are words people can barely spell these days, let alone act upon.
It is a question of how it was all done, in a very underhand way. Guess Ron will think twice before he brings someone else along if this is the thanks he gets for his trouble. He's just been pissing in the wind and getting his trousers wet.
It's a sad world when people don't know how to behave.
In the old days, F1 drives were agreed on a nod and a handshake. A man was as good as his word. That means absolutely nothing to most of you today. One of the best deals I ever did was on the phone. Never met the guy till after the deal was done. For me it wasn't the money I made, it was the way it was done, and the guy, 20 years later, is now one of my oldest and most trusted friends and associates. You can't buy that with money, and it absolutely isn't possible with the shysters you meet today.

leon - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 9:53 PM

McLaren overmanage and this has consequences which are apparent.

you could bet your bottom dollar that place would codified and structured within an inch of its life.
the freethinkers within the organisation whose job it is to create advancements are oxymorons.
their persistence with a flawed car set up earlier this year demonstrates costly obstinance.

jose - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 9:55 PM

Good question, how much has Ron invested in Hamilton..Willing to
bet 'Long dollars' ..from you negative noise it sounds like that nothing
went in the other direction. I guess Hamilton contributed something
of value.
Mclaren made a king size offer hoping he would stay. What really
happen MacLaren lost one of the most valued commodities in F1.

Have a seat at 'Half Way Tree', buss stop in Kingston, try a little
truthful thinking..

That Badman, Jose

jake butler - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 9:58 PM

i susupect perhaps a bit tongue in cheek for Alonso. Perhaps he knows Lewis has his work cut out initially at Merc, thereore taking time to get up to speed so may not be a competetor from the get-go. The same can be with perez, i think he may be like Raikkonen in '02 and take a while to get up to speed, by which point Alonso is gone with Vettel and poss Button. Basically Alonso has two less competitors for the early season. Id back it too Fernando. ''Yess Sebastian, go to HRT, theyre on the up *push push*, go on Seb''

Pole Position - Unregistered

October 04, 2012 10:51 PM

@ Jose Mclaren played high stakes poker and lost. They low balled Lewis and when they found out they had a chance of losing him they upped their offer. Too late u lose. More and more I'm starting to believe the villain in all this is Ron Dennis and not Whitmarsh. Hamilton tried contacting him and he wouldn't take his call. It seems like Alonso was right about his "old buddy" Ron.

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