You are about to report the comment below to the Crash.Net moderators as being abusive. An abusive comment may contain profanity, personal attacks or commercial SPAM.
Please do not report this comment as being abusive if you simply disagree with the comment posted. If this is the case then you can click on the "disagree" icon () in the upper right of the comment's post to show your dissatisfaction.
Crash.Net moderators will view all reported comments and will act as they deem necessary. This may be editing the comment or total deletion.
As you say, they were RD's *first* words on the matter - in June of last year. It seems evident to me that they subsequently negotiated that pay cut up to a pay rise as their final offer. Is Whitmarsh lying in all of those quotes? I personally doubt it.
For what it's worth, I agree that McLaren had the money to meet Mercedes' offer, but decided on their valuation of Hamilton and that was that.