F1 » Dennis: We could have kept Hamilton

Ron Dennis says McLaren could have kept Lewis Hamilton for the 2013 F1 season but it 'wouldn't have been the right thing to do'

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lawrencenunn - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 11:42 AM

I think Hamilton and Button in the same team was too chaotic anyway.

Can't help thinking Mclaren are going to struggle - signs of Vodafone wanting out, having to pay for Mercedes engines for the first time in 2013 and the potential loss of Mercedes as their supplier altogether after this season.

Plus the fact that Button and Perez aren't going to be anywhere near as quick as Lewis.

Whitmarsh must be feeling the pressure.

PhilPrew08 - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 11:53 AM

Ron and his backers Mumtalakat tried to offer Lewis less money than his existing contract and when he was not having it Dennis and Whitmarsh was prepared to make him the highest paid in F1 driver for the 2013 season , Whitmarsh's words.

Ron may be good at acquiring and creating super great F1 drivers and top engineers but cant seem to hold on to them.

Ron created the greatest debutant in F1 and truly thought the day Lewis left it would be him doing the pushing, how wrong Ron was.

haha - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:05 PM

Mclaren have a history of letting their best drivers go. Senna, Alonso, Raikkonen, Montoya now Hamilton whilst they keep the journeymen like Coulthard and Button for ages.

They will be nowhere near as competitive this season with 2 tortoises and no hare

mani - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:07 PM

In short, Ron didnt bother offer Lewis any new deal. And Lewis keep acting like it was his decisions to leave and learn how to grow up. Bunch of jokers.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:15 PM

And by the time these jokes have stopped the gassing, Ron would still be looking for his first constructors title since the 90's and Hamilton will still be making excuses on how 'slow' the Mercedes is and how he's the 'fastest' driver on the grid and how he is as good as Senna and how the title he was gifted by Glock will be the first of many and continue to slag off Vettel even when he clinches his 4th and 5th title. these 2 mugs are delusional, can't even beat the 'journeyman' Button over 3 seasons says it all really, also can't even beat Alonslow whilst having the fastest car on the grid, don't worry Lewis I'm sure Nascar will treat you kindly and Ron that move you made when you was "basically racing Fernando" has finished you, good luck to both overrated fools.

haha - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:25 PM

Tealeaf just check your facts mate.

The last time I looked Hamilton beat Button 2 out of 3 years in the WDC with more wins and more poles and a damn sight more retirements!

Also quite how exactly did Glock gift him a championship when Hamilton overtook him on a wet track with wet tyres on when Glock was on SLICKS!!

If your going to post on a subject at least show some knowledge of the sport.

Welington Leal - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:32 PM

What Dennis mean is that Hamilton asked things that McLaren wouldn't give to him.

More Money.

More comercial freedom

Less events with McLaren's partners.

Number one status.

Keep the trofies

Mercedes will concede all this and take him.

PS:Sorry my poor english,

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