F1 » Hamilton bids final farewell to 'special' team


Lewis Hamilton has made a flying visit to Woking to say an emotional farewell to the backroom staff and sponsors who supported him in the first six years of his F1 career.

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DavidEJS - Unregistered

October 23, 2012 7:29 PM

Though I have been a massive McLaren since I was a boy, I have enjoyed watching Hamilton race since he came into the sport. He is a world class driver and I will still be following his career at Mercedes and wishing him all the best in his new challenge he has set himself. Good luck Hamilton.

Ragnarok - Unregistered

October 23, 2012 7:30 PM

@Lewismerc, here you are, the words of someone who worked with Hamilton at McLaren, thanks to pitlanemagazine.


After relations between our two drivers reached breaking point during that infamous qualifying session in Hungary, the team saw, what some of us perceived to be, Lewis using the media to build a picture of himself as the innocent team player in the whole affair. When the tv cameras arrived in our garage before each race from then on, there was often a very public display of shaking hands with every member of the team on both sides of the garage before climbing into his car. If there were no cameras, we barely saw him. We'd all seen Lewis play his part in the rows with Fernando, he certainly wasn't innocent, so he quickly managed to alienate some people with the sudden showing of love when it suited him and when he knew the world was watching.

Bruce - Unregistered

October 23, 2012 7:36 PM

I'm surprised his left mclaren but its better for the team that he has because he wasnt interested in the team really only in himself. he never appreciated what they did for him and he never really drove for the team only for himself so im glad his gone and now mclaren can concentrate on next season without all the rubbish that lewis bought with him his more interested in fame and glamour than world titles and more hungry for money than winning.

indianapolis2007

October 23, 2012 7:41 PM

Well its the end of an era and under Uncle RON Lewis set these records making him the greatest debutant in f1 History.

Youngest World championship leader 22 years 4 months 6 days.

The first rookie to win,take pole and set the fastest lap in a Mclaren

most points in a debut season 109
most podiums in a debut season 12
most races led in a debut season 12
most pole position in a debut season 6
most front row starts in a debut season 12
The fastest driver to reach 100 career points 15 races
Most consecutive podiums from a debut race 9
Most consecutive number of races led from debut race 7
most consecutive points finishes from a debut race 9

More to come.

Pole Position - Unregistered

October 23, 2012 7:45 PM

I'm a big Mclaren fan. But, I've come to the realization that this team is vastly overrated. They always win the odd races now and then. They are very inconsistent. It seems like they can never put a full season together. It's always something with these guys and I think this is one of the main reasons Hamilton is leaving. I think he has lost confidence in the team. It's great to win a few races. But, what's the point if u don't win the WDC or Constructors championship?

ghog

October 23, 2012 8:09 PM

@pole

Mclaren are curently 6 points behind 2nd place Ferrari, in the WCC. With 4 races to go, Jenson & Lewis can still get stuck in against Ferrari.

That hardly makes them "midfield" does it.

Most genuine Fans I know support a Team through thick n' thin, maybe you are only supporting a Driver?

Sounds like sour grapes to me.

indianapolis2007

October 23, 2012 8:14 PM

Lewis the British record breaker

The youngest British driver to win in f1 22 years 5 months 3days

The youngest British to score pole positions 22 years 5 months 2 days

The youngest British driver to register fastest lap 22 years,3 months 2days

The youngest British driver to finish on podium 22 years and 2 months 11 days

youngest British driver to qualify on front row 22 years 3 months 8 days

Most points for a British driver in one season 109. Previous record Nigel Mansell 108

Ron Dennis i salute you in creating a record breaker who was doing his f1 apprenticeship while breaking records. But as the saying goes all good things must come to an end.

Now we all know what the great Alonso was up against and why Schumacher's conquer finished below a f1 debutant. A truly a Iconic episode in f1 history of the likes we may never see again.

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