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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blublz

January 06, 2013 2:35 AM

Three Year Head to Head
Wins
Hamilton 10-8
Podiums
Button 25-22
Fastest Laps
Hamilton 9-6
Pole Position
Hamilton 9-1
Front Row Starts
Hamilton 23-9
Total Points
Button 672-657
Retirements
Hamilton 11-6
Avg Pts per Finish
Hamilton 14.0-12.9

Webbertron

January 06, 2013 7:06 AM

I'm getting tired of all this controversy about why Hamilton left, and people making up stuff, and not knowing what to believe. But I think it's quite simple why Hammy left.
Reason 1. He got great qualifying positions, but when it came to the race his car let him down, so he got frustrated with the team.
Reason 2 (the main one). Mercedes is paying him more. That's just the simple truth, they offered him more money, so he took it.
There, now can we all just tuck this in and put it to sleep for now?

107SS2009

January 06, 2013 9:12 AM

Why did Lulu left?
According to Ron Dennis it would have been wrong for mclaren to have kept him.
When he was sure he was not wanted (being pushed) by mclaren he first went to RBR, on finding out that they preferred their present driver line up to him he went to FERRARI, out there he found out not only they prefer their present driver line up, but that if they lost one of their drivers they would prefer to have Vettel then him, it was only than that he had to fall on his 3rd preferred option (Mercedes), and I say he was lucky not ending without a drive unless he offered driving for free.
This was going to be a Jacques Villeneuve all over again, but with a shorter time span.

Zelda - Unregistered

January 06, 2013 10:17 AM

The fact is no driver divides opinion and is discussed more than LH!
Love or loathe (as in Taipan's case) he is THE magnet for dross from posters.
If he wins races next year, LH will be vindicated. If he beats Perez and Button in an inferior car then Maclaren will have egg on their faces.
I believe No1 status is key to WDC's. if you look in recent years it has come from lead drivers. Maclaren are just paying the price from believing their own snobbery of the team is more important than the driver and equal status is. 'Fair'!
Utter tosh. Btw Ron, when was your last WDC? Rest my case considering Maclaren's muscle.

107SS2009

January 06, 2013 11:51 AM

Save for Allan Prost who was one of the biggest names at the time being fired by FERRARI and unlike the Lulu/mclaren saga that happened right there and then I don't remember another top driver being not only unwanted by his own team but also not preferred by the other two top teams on the grid, when a top line driver finds himself in that situation there must be something really wrong.
The problem with Lulu is of his own making, it's his attitude/behaviour first of all to his own team, to anybody involved with the sports and finally his life style.

andrew2k

January 06, 2013 11:52 AM

for some reason the drama with hamilton leaving mclaren seem to resemble that of lebron james when he left clevland. if this ends up being the case, I could only see him being boo'd alot by his british fans.

Jim crint - Unregistered

January 06, 2013 11:52 AM

It seems McLaren simply grew tired of Lewis antics in the same way that Ferrari grew tired of Kimi (yes, all you Kimi fanboys, he was fired by Ferrari).

And all the stats merchants trying to prove that Hamilton wiped the floor with Button. Well, I got news broseph's, he didn't ! End of!! The retirement stat , 11-6 , fails to show that at least half of Lewis's retirements over the three years were self-inflicted!

If Lewis was this all-conquering driving god all you fan-boys claim he is, he would have won the title in 2010 with the car he had and he would not have been so comprehensively out-driven by Jenson Button in 2011, who all the fanboy muppets say is just a 'journeyman'. What a joke !

Googolplex

January 06, 2013 11:56 AM

blublz,

Well done for just quoting the plain facts. Make of them what you will people.

Taipan,

As glamorous as the 60's would have been, as a family man I think driving today would be a better option in terms of hanging round to see your kids grow up.

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