F1 » Hamilton: I need six months at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton says he needs at least six months before he can aid Mercedes with development of its new F1 car

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Pole Position - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 4:46 PM

@ Mark not necessarily Hamilton brought up Mclaren at the end of the article. Hamilton has a 3 year contract at Merc. I don't know about Rosberg. He's been a real disappointment.

Hamilton -"I think 2014 has to be the most important year, or the most competitive year." Soo.. Lewis suggests what I've been saying -- that he is pretty much taking a punt on 2013 and looking forward to the new Turbo era (and potential Mercedes dominance. ) -- Brawn and even Newey has said 2014 will be ALL about engines --- some of you guys trashing Lewie decision now, might be surprised in 2014 when you will likely be watching Redbull AND Mclaren slipping down the order to be replaced by an ascendant Mercedes and Ferrari.. (notice Vettel to Ferrari rumors always center on 2014?).

gaz - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 5:32 PM

6 mths eh shuey has had 3 years developing the car u pair are gonna drive next season i wonder if his name will be mentioned if they do any good

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 5:32 PM

@pole position -- I also agree that 'Balance Problems' Button will be exposed for the second-tier driver he is next season. I expect Mclaren to finish around 4th or 5th in the wdc.. and around 4th or 5th in the wcc -- I won't be surprised if Macca is up-ended by Lotus AND Mercedes in the wcc.. as both Hamilton and Rosberg will score consistent points.. (sometimes even out-qualifying Button) -- While Perez has already shown the potential to become a crash-kid similar to Romain Grosjean. See what happens as Sergio tries to match the pace and performance of the likes of Alonso, Raikkonen and even Mark Webber.

Michael Fornarina - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 5:39 PM

Richard .. I think Redbull and Mclaren will be slipping down-grid, because the 2014 rules are set to de-emphasize Aero-Performance.. (in favor of engine-performance and mechanical grip) Notice, Redbull-Renault is often slower than the others in straight-line speed making it up on down-force in the corners..they will likely lose this character and need to depend more on Renault-power -- similar with Mclaren they are now on the 'OUTS' with Mercedes --2013 ends Mclaren's 'Works' agreement with Mercedes -and Mac becomes Merc's 'customer engine' team..and Macca will likely get a de-tuned lump from Mercedes (like Force India gets) or be forced to switch brands.

Max Smoot - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 5:56 PM

Very revealing that Hamilton actually muses aloud on the chance of a return to McL, as if he's holding out a promise to a lost love -- says something about his level of commitment to Mercedes, indeed to any new pathway. His management team must be constantly blowing smoke up his a***, telling him 'you're the golden boy' and 'they're all bidding for you' and the like. It will say a lot about his character if he can stay calm and determined when the car is less than the best. That said, I do think that he'll positively blow Rosberg away.

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