F1 » Ecclestone: Hamilton just what Mercedes needed

Bernie Ecclestone: Lewis' name a stamp of good housekeeping for Mercedes

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October 26, 2012 7:44 PM

Well I think the move could be great for Hamilton. He has been at McLaren for a long time, and has never left the 'nest'.

He will need to start fresh, not just being with the same group of people from the previous years.

Yes he is still seemingly immature to those of us on the outside, but we will never really know what it's like on the inside. But surely there can be no doubt that he is fast in a car...

I am looking forward to Hamilton vs Rosberg, even if it will not be for wins next year...


October 26, 2012 7:50 PM

indy yeah, he said that but he shafted schumi, and as mark says, he has replaced a GREAT driver with a good (lesser) driver.

i said it before, ross has lost his touch and i reckon that this is why merc have put niki in as a go-between.

will it work? we will have to wait and see, but already there has ben a change of emphasis, with ross finally admitting that they need a new car next year, rather than an evolution that they had been working on. so maybe a little late to re start for 2013?

LewisMerc - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 7:57 PM

i should have added that ross, in his interview, made a comment that was quite anti schumi, saying that now, merc had two good drivers.


what would be your response if Martin Whitmarsh says something similar?

because between now and Brazil... Martin is going to say something similar to that of Ross

cknopp - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 8:03 PM

With the engineering talent that Merc has put together since last year, you would expect great things from their on track performance.

I would almost say they may be better served putting the W03 (this years car) back on track for 2013 with some minor updates, and start full focus on the 2014 car TODAY... I believe that Newey has already stated that the 2014 car is completed on the chassis/gearbox side, and that should scare the heck out of allot of people!!!


October 26, 2012 8:33 PM

lulumerc. not sure how whitmarsh could say such a thing! i fully agree that lulu is a good driver, like button, but he is not a great driver. so what whitmarsh could say is that he got rid of a good driver (actually incorrect....lulu jumped ship!) and has replaced him with a driver who may become good in time. however, he is probably in a better position as he has a driver now, who he can rely on, rather than an unpredictable one who tweets team secrets.


October 26, 2012 8:43 PM

Richard, “Mercedes needs a new car (for next year)” I agree, but that understanding also modifies my personal view, the thing I always say on here namely, that all top teams will be in with a fifty/fifty chance of hitting it right in a new season, this is because next year with the new regulations for 2014 being only 12 months away no team can afford a new car design for just one season, most if not all of the other teams will already have started concentrating on the 2014 all new design, as such a team will be better off and harder to beat improving an already good car for next year.

professor-x - Unregistered

October 26, 2012 9:05 PM

meh, I think Pirelli are continuing to mushify their tires, until it is cost prohibitive to invest in r&d for the cars, Mercedes might actually have a shot at the title next year if they can figure out how to make the tires last.


October 26, 2012 9:11 PM

I don't agree that Lulu jumped ship I don't and cannot see it that way, mclaren declared before negotiations for a new contract with Lulu began that they weren't willing to pay him what he was being paid and as far as I know they never went back on that declaration which clearly means that they were telling him from before negotiation have stared “take it or leave it” they (mclaren) looked/sounded sure that he will be gone and that saved them the trouble of having to tell him he wasn't wanted any more. mclaren despite all their diplomacy talk waned a change and I am one hundred percent sure that regardless of all the BS of him wanting a new challenge if mclaren were willing to pay him what he wanted he would have willingly stayed.

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