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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oldtimer - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:32 PM

A relationship such as existed between McClaren and Hamilton was never going to last for ever, rather like marriage problems started and the niggling began. If McClaren had managed to produce the best car and manage things rather better Hamilton would have had little reason to leave but they did'nt so the invertible happened, two people wjth huge egos parted company. Nobody has come out of this with much credit, Hamilton needs to grow up and Ron Dennis and Co need to sort out the problems that have dogged the team for years. Somebody said why do McClaren retain drivers like Button and Couthard and let the best go, the answer to that must be that they are very happy to be at McClaren whilst the best want the best and move on to hopefully greener grasses.

GLOCKALERT - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:38 PM


Tealeaf you spiv, get over it and yourself.

Yes it is I, Piercarlo. three and a half days into 2013 and already two people have shared their long-standing trauma about that last lap pass.

MeymacTony - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 12:46 PM

Simply - Ron wanted to keep Mercedes on board - they could have taken away their engines not only for 2013 but the new one for 2014. Now brawn is top man at Merc methinks the new engine will be summat to beat. Hamilton - or his support team- is not stupid - he must have learned something impressive about 2014 to convince him to change teams. 2014 will the test

Jim Clausen

January 04, 2013 12:59 PM

I always considered Hamilton fast. His rookie season when he almost won the championship proofed that. His impetuous maneuvers, both on track and off track, indicate he will probably never win another championship.


January 04, 2013 1:42 PM
Last Edited 1134 days ago

This is just Ron countering the fact that Lewis is shooting off at the mouth a bit much. Seriously, how many drivers do you know talk about possibly returning to their first team at some point in the future, BEFORE they have even turned a wheel for their new team? Mercedes must be cringing with some of the comments Lewis is making and I very much doubt he will ever drive a McLaren again.
On another point, McLaren has always paid their drivers well, but it is true that the corporate expectations have been great. Pay they will, but they will not let a driver call the shots, and Lewis was attempting to do just that. What Ron should have said is that they let him go on principle.
Lewis won't likely win a race next year, but he could win several the next. How he manages next year's challenges will be telling for his career.

Pole Position - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 2:12 PM

It really doesn't matter why he left or why they let him go. What's done is done and I have a feeling Mclaren is going to pay the price this year. This team has management and relationship issues. They won't go very far with an average driver lineup and a mediocre team boss (Martin "fearless leader" Whitmarsh).

dumper - Unregistered

January 04, 2013 2:28 PM

It's going to be interesting next year because Hamilton will be on it from the word Go, from where ever he is on the grid. On the other hand we will need to add 1/2 a second on to Buttons time to work out where he would've been if he were in the Maclaren.
Expect to see a vacancy for a team principle at Maclaren any day now.

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