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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January 07, 2013 7:08 PM

Rob, “If Alonso looked for a job this year the same would have happened to him”. I don't know how you can say that as driver movements from and to a team has shown it is possible/can and does happen.
RBR did offer Alonso a drive which he refused, and that happened while Vettel was under their wings, but not a WDC yet.
FERRARI contracted Raikkonen while Schumacher was still driving for them.
FERRARI paid the best part of 20 million Euro to Raikkonen not to drive for them, they did that to get Alonso.
I do not know what RBR said to Lulu when he went looking for a drive, but everybody and his dog knows that after Lulu went looking for a drive at FERRARI LDM said that if Alonso called it a day his first choice would be Vettel over Lulu.

jim crint - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 7:17 PM

@107SS2009, wanton anton -

I hear you. But regardless of how it ended (and some might argue it wasn't as successful as many thought it might be), the pairing of Lewis & Jenson was a nice moment in the sport nonetheless. Two british drivers in a British team, back-to-back F1 champions, two different driving styles, to some extent inspired by the people they admired, Senna for Lewis, Prost for Jenson, echoing former glories, trials and tribulations at McLaren (thought let's not get into comparisons).

It was fun while it lasted. Jenson has a shot at the title next year, after that who knows. Maybe another couple of years. I don't see him heading to any other team after McLaren. Lewis? A couple of tricky years, the odd win here and there then a full on onslaught in 2015?


January 08, 2013 6:36 PM

good ole sunny, comments moulded to prove his case,
Alonso WASNT offered the RBR drive since before Vettels 1st Championship,
yes,Kimi was contracted to Ferrari because MS contract was up and it wasn't being renewed BECAUSE they wanted Kimi .... but I have no doubt you'll say MS stepped aside because it was him or Massa, and he didn't want Massa to be unemployed,
then the same thing happened to Kimi because Ferrari wanted Alonso, and the only difference being this time was Kimi was still in contract hence the pay-off
no bias from me there I think you'll find, all I've written is fact

sakkie - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 9:31 PM

Long after the name Lewis Hamilton has been relagated to a footnote in the history books, McLaren will be remembered with pride and affection. They need Hamilton like they need a hole in their heads. He lucked out to win one title for them, when any other half way decent driver would have had at least 4 titles under their belts by now. He is probably the most over rated F1 driver ever. I wonder why?

lewis is the best - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 9:11 AM

right lets just clarify that button is a lier and a big girl bkz all this crap he
use to say about ... me and lewis are getting on just fine and now lewis has left and
his voice has changed he acts as if he is a leader of the team all of the sudden
much happier that the mind blowingly quick driver has left.the thing is perez
has made the worst mistake joining mclaren bkz button will be turning on to him every time
he goes quicker then him.that will be easy for any one to do that any way.they allready starting to say he needs to learn from button!! u what?? he didnt become a
f1 driver for nothing.

lewis is quick full stop. even alonso admitted that

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