F1 » Mercedes move ‘risky’ for Hamilton


Sir Jackie Stewart says he can understand why Lewis Hamilton swapped McLaren for Mercedes, but insists that the move comes with its own issues.

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Stuart - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 1:08 PM

Blimey. Yet another article where someone states what we already know and has been said in the media by a million people already.

It's a risk. I get it.

Luke - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 1:11 PM

The biggest risk would of been staying at Mclaren, sure they might be the logical choice for someone who wants to win the WDC in 2013 but you can tell the relationship has faded, and a new environment and fresh start tends to reinvigorate a drivers motivation to succeed, even if the Mercedes never makes a good car, Hamilton will be the better driver wise for it..

Taz

January 07, 2013 1:17 PM

2nd week in January.

We'll have to endure these stories till the 1st race.

They've used up the excuse book for the last few years (not the drivers) so if they produce a duff car in 2014 I could see Merc saying enough is enough.

Taipan

January 07, 2013 2:00 PM

Pretty bad that at 28 years old after 6 years in F1 people still think Lulu needs to grow up, lets hope he manages it before he has to retire.

Talking of which isn't today his birthday?

Happy Birthday Lulu.

James wade - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 2:26 PM

well I dont know about it being a risk for Louis,but its a huge risk for Mclaren, just think of the egg on face syndrome if he starts to continually beat their cars,be honest they messed up and lost one of the best drivers in formula one. Good for him I hope he does well,Incidentally I have always been a Mclaren fan

sodesu - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 3:05 PM

He's going from a costumer team who will coincidentally start paying for their Merc engines for the first time next year, to a well-funded factory team - just before a new set of engine regulations come into play. Add to that the rumours of Vodafone pulling out and you may just find it's not such a daredevil move after all.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 4:21 PM

Vodafone pulling out isn't such a big deal. McLaren has companies lined up to take up the mantle.

Telmex can expand the same resources as Vodafone. With the Austin Grand Prix being somewhat close to Mexico they will be motivated. And they also have business in Brazil. Sergio Perez came on board for many reasons.

Factory Who - Unregistered

January 07, 2013 4:43 PM

@ sodesu

The F1 landscape is littered with the bones of "well funded factory teams" that couldnt cut it, with the traditional teams that know how to go GP racing regularly out-performing them.

Toyota, Honda, Jaguar (Ford), even Renault, & so far Mercedes all failed in recent years ... & in most cases achieved far more success once the same designers / mechanics / engineers / drivers / etc were free of the big corporate shackles & began operating as independent race teams.

richard

January 07, 2013 5:36 PM

sodesu. interesting to hear that lulu is going from a team of costume makers!

however, there is one point that you are wrong on. mercedes is NOT a "well funded" factory team. and that is one of the problems. on the other hand, mclaren IS a well funded team.

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