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Ron Dennis says he has no issues with Lewis Hamilton despite his decision to quit McLaren

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Calvin _

November 19, 2012 5:14 PM

RD's face says it all. Another McLaren **** up, this time in thinking that Hamilton would just take the pay cut. How can you let go one of the best racers out there? And do you really think that LH isn't focused on winning, for whatever team he's driving for?

You have a silly rule about keeping driver trophies and MW & JB wanted JB as number one, so they eased LH out.

reganomics - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:42 PM

Hamilton has been courageous.

It was the right choice for him. It's not good to be married to a team since birth, he's aready won a championship, so you eventually want to be indipendent and find new challenges...

if there's somebody who has the resources to become a winning team is Mercedes.

good luck Lewis and McLaren, both deserving success.

(the only retarded team is Ferrari who payed Raikkonen 20 millions dollars not to drive..., but that's another story)

7sport

November 19, 2012 5:46 PM

@Calvin
Are you for real? A wining team has consistancy in effort, ability and drive of all team members, top to bottom.

To say Whitmarsh and JB wanted Lewis out of the team is utter BS. McLaren as a team want the best two drivers and JB wants to be compared and compete against the best team mate available which he won't have next year.

Fortune favours the brave and I believe Lewis has gambled. In the long term it could pay off handsomely for him as there will be some manouvering over the next year in the engine market.

Quality drive yesterday from a quality driver. Even Alonso's favours Hamilton as his biggest threat over Vettel. He said something along the lines of being able to make a bad car go fast........Nuff Said.

Mark _

November 19, 2012 5:51 PM

@7sport - it also looked like Alonso and Hamilton were more chummy with each other on the podium than they were with Vettel. I don't think that they have the animosity towards each other that most people assume.

Pete - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 6:16 PM

Although Hamilton is talented, he is immature. McLaren is a strong engineering team with horrible management skills. For a top team, they have limited success in the past 10 years with the exception of 1 WDC in 2008 that came on the last corner of the last lap of the last race of the year and could have easily gone to Massa.

It starts with Ron Dennis not being able to manage 2 top drivers in Alonso and Hamilton to the point both lost the WDC. Then came the spygate scandal, then came other smaller issues with the pass on Trulli that Lewis was told to do under yellow but later told by radio to deny. Of course the transcription of the radio conversation told another story and Mac was caught again in a lie.
Now with Whitmarsh at the helm, things seem no better with multiple blunders from a pit stategy stand point earlier in the year to losing a fast driver.

107SS2009

November 19, 2012 6:39 PM

“It starts with Ron Dennis not being able to manage 2 top drivers in Alonso and Lulu”.
I don' agree with the above at all, first of all at that time Lulu was not a top driver, secondly the chosen way of managing the drivers belonged to Ron Dennis and nobody else and his declared chosen way was for the mclaren team to race Alonso with Lulu and not the mclaren's real opposition.

tezza - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 7:54 PM

Lewis has done the unthinkable and now both parties will find out if they made a big mistake.let's hope both are at the sharp end of the grid in 2013

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