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Posted By: James Allen  |  30 Sep 2012   |  12:00 pm GMT  |  214 comments

Former McLaren driver turned driver manager Mark Blundell suspects that the “timing is right” for Lewis Hamilton to begin a new chapter in his career with Mercedes and predicts that the move will pave the way for the Briton’s management to take ‘Brand Hamilton’ to a whole new level.

Blundell is ideally placed to analyse the switch from both a racing and commercial point of view having driven for McLaren in 1995 and then in more recent time conducted test driver Gary Paffett’s contract negotiations with the team, in addition to the driver’s long-standing relationship with Mercedes in DTM.

Speaking on the newly-released JA on F1 podcast, in which Hamilton’s 2013 move to Mercedes is assessed, Blundell says that the unique Hamilton/McLaren journey had arguably already achieved its stated ambition with their title win in 2008, and that with the relationship becoming more fractious in recent seasons, the driver was probably ready for a change of scene.

“I think at this stage if you look at it and you look at what’s gone on over the last couple of seasons, the fairy-tale was completed when he won the world championship,” he told the podcast.

“The last couple of seasons has seen an up and down Lewis Hamilton as a man and a racing driver. I think now you’re also seeing some small chinks that were coming into that relationship and maybe the timing is right now to leave that nest that has been quite a cosy one for some time – let’s face it, [he was] 13 years old when he first joined McLaren – and move on to a different challenge.

“It really is now about a driver walking into a team and saying ‘I’m one of the best, if not the fastest man in the world in a Formula 1 car, let me see what I can do to develop the team and the car going forward.’”

Asked if he himself would have made the such a switch in the same position, Blundell acknowleged that while on the racing side it’s something of a gamble, for 2013 in particular, on the commercial side “the opportunities and the potential is far bigger”.

“McLaren is probably the most restrictive Formula 1 team in what they allow a Formula 1 driver to do,” he explained.

“Rightly so in many ways because they produce top equipment and the salaries are very, very competitive for the driver. They supply the budget and with high-end, blue chip names associated with them they don’t see why you have to go outside that circle to get extra revenue.

“That doesn’t always fit with everyone and some management companies and I think now they [XIX Entertainment] will try to build the Hamilton brand into something much bigger than what we’ve seen. It will go along with what they’ve done with Andy Murrary, with David Beckham, and we’ve seen the end product on that kind of thing.

“But is that going to make him any faster? Is that going to make him win any more grands prix? Probably not. Does that secure his long-term future? Probably so, depending on how much of that he really needed given I imagine he’s quite a wealthy young man.”

With the arrival of the highly-rated Sergio Perez, and the opportunities now present to tap into the American market for McLaren, Blundell reckons there is a flip side to Hamilton’s departure too for the team, particularly as the relationship with its current star isn’t what it once was.

“It’s difficult to quantity [the negative impact],” he said. “They’ve had great times, they’ve won world championships together, they’ve won many grand prix together. There’s the possibility of saying there’s no loss – there’s everything to gain again for McLaren with a new driver like Perez coming into the fold.

“It’s a loss on the commercial side. Lewis is a big name, a previous world champion with the possibility of getting very close to that again for this season. But it’s all about synergy and there’s an area of the chemistry that we have seen recently that is just missing some vital ingredients and I think Lewis’s move has really capped it all off.”


To listen to the full interview with Mark and more insight on Hamilton’s Mercedes move, in addition to pieces with Marussia’s Graeme Lowdon and on the late, great Prof Sid Watkins, then make sure you check out the October edition of the JA on F1 podcast, available to download now.
Visit iTunes or download it directly to your computer here.

 

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Well everything showed why lews is going at the end of the year after the gp today there’s something going on within he ram when Lewis car stopped on the 20 th lap there was not reaction from the engineers who did not fllnch when his ar. Stopped power failure.thisis very fishy mclaren might have a good name but they have cocked up all year on Lewis. So glades going he has nothing to lose by going to Marc’s. Hope all this will come out because I for one will not support f1″ how an you be doing the fastest

Ap and be in pole when he just stopped you would have thought his team would have been mortified not o e of them moved a muscle please someone explain to me or have I lost the plot.

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@Chuck

haha – “… I say, get over it son and put on your “big boy” pants!…!

Classic, got a belly laugh from me – and I agree 100%.

If I’m McLaren, and I’m paying a driver £15M per year to drive, I don’t wanna hear that he needs more love cause his mum didn’t cuddle him enough when he was a baby – get out and do what you’re paid to do!

But on another note – I think Button had a LOT to do with Hamilton leaving – but more indirectly than anything.

Button came into Hamilton’s house and matched him blow for blow, and has even spanked Hamilton a good few times – something a lot of people didn’t expect, and I believe this rattled Hamilton.

Add to that the ‘personality’ issues Hamilton has, I suggest the team has been growing tired of Hamilton for a while.

Then Button comes in, with one of the best personalities on the grid, with the pace to match – it was quite obvious that the team would warm to him.

After all, they are all adults, and adults want to hang out and work with adults, not children. Children are hard work, especially petulant, bad tempered ones.

Is it any wonder that the team ‘favour’ Button?

Believe what you like, but know the truth – Button was a BIG reason Hamilton is now with Merc next year.

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To Peter Jones question (sorry, I’m not James). Methinks Button’s presence had little, if anything to do with Lewis’ departure…a significant observation admittedly imparted from my readings and the optics of an F1 broadcast…ergo, no “insider” stuff here. Lewis will always be a qualifying giant; however, his race craft and tendency for piqueishness make him a less desirable teammate than Jenson. We all hear of Lewis’ personal issues throwing off his pace, whatever, last year. I say, get over it son and put on your “big boy” pants! Good on him going to another team – perhaps he’ll learn how good he had it at McLaren – and they, in turn, can shed themselves of this diva distraction.

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James,

I’m curious, how much do think Button’s presence at McLaren led to Lewis leaving? It seems as though he’s been unsettled on a number of occasions by him.

5

James,

Apologies for my rant and asumptions above.

Could not say sorry more.

6

Logon4me

It is clearly James site and for him to set the tone of the site. For the most part I agree with a great deal of what you said.

F1 is weird. The cast of characters and events are almost beyond belief. Bernie, Flavio, Max, Ron, Martin etc. etc. except they are real.

You and I and many others struggle to understand what is going on. It is for me part of the facination of F1 and is one of the facets that make it so interesting.

A young guy comes into the sport almost wins the WDC in his first year, whilst beating a world champion whose is currently championship leader and then goes on to win it in his second year. Since then wins but no strong opportunity to win another WDC.

Alongside that the first pole position in three years for a colleague driver, which led to an eventual win, is hailed as obliterating the opposition. Meanwhile the leading driver is ‘allowed’ to make a duff decision on a rear wing, which leads him to be half a second slower when on most occasions he has been half a second faster than his team mate.

Made it up? No just McLaren World which I struggle to understand but which makes life so interesting. It could not possibly be accepted as a plot line for a TV series because it is so unbelievable.

Next episode this weekend.

Siddle

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That’s OK!

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Hi James

Thank you for keeping this item live. It certainly has generated a lot of interest.

The more that I look at it the more I think pretty much everybody is a winner,particularly Lewis and I do not think that ‘Brand Lewis’ is the prime consideration. Lewis wants to win.

So does McLaren apparently but they have lost the way. The graph speaks for itself. They can win races but not Championships. Lewis wants to do both but particularly the latter. He realises that is what counts to many people.

Ron Dennis appeared to say that it was only individual races that counted in his Monza interview. I could have been mistaken but that is what I took from his interview.

It was the need to win Championships, from Lewis point of view,that provided the tension at Monaco last year. Seb was building a lead while McLaren were playing games in the Pit Lane. I am sure the truth will come out at some point out about what was going on then and susbsequently.* The rest of 2011 provided more evidence of the same incompetence(games).

It is at this point that strong management was required within McLaren. For whatever reason it was absent.

I think the whole thing was summed up for me by the Martin Whitmarsh interview on Friday afternoon on BBC News. I watched it twice to make sure that it was not a figment of my fertile imagination. MW said that Jenson had obliterated, yes obliterated, the opposition in a recent race. I assume that is Spa when Fernado and Lewis were wiped out at the first corner and Seb started tenth, regardless of the wing issue with Lewis. I guess that he was still hurt by losing one of the best drivers in F1.

McLaren have become almost a scene within Little Britain where the computer says ‘No’.

For me Damon Hill summed it up when he said that Lewis was managed to within an inch of his life. Fly free Lewis not least for the remainder of 2012.

USA 10 Europe 6 Nothing is impossible!

Siddle

* Hi James

I apreciate that you try to keep me and other F1 fans in the picture and that you must not compromise your sources.

It would be great to get a further insight into what happened in McLaren in Monaco in 2011 and Spa this year.

Thank for what you have added to my appreciation and enjoyment of F1 over many years.

S

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James,

A lot has been hyped about Lewis’s move to Mercedes coinciding with the proposed 1.6L Turbo charged engines from 2014 and Merc supposed to have a head start over others.

However with Bernie still posturing against those V6 and still wanting to continue with the current V8’s,how would that play out?

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Some interesting stats for those who say McLaren haven’t won a CC in over a decade. I would still say McLaren are a TOP team.

Total wins

1. Ferrari: 219

2. McLaren: 180

?. Mercedes: 10

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‘Timing is right’ -> Absolutely – for Perez

12

Personally, I think the big winner is Ross Brawn and Norbet Haugh?,a stay of execution? with MB’s new personel including Niki Lauda clearly MB are putting pressure on Brawn and Haugh to perform which they have failed miserably to date, Haugh is an imposter and Brawn has produced another dud.Hamilton will drag them up the grid and Britney will be found wanting. MB won’t tolerate being a loser.

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BringBackAdelaide

This is my first ever posting after reading JAonF1 for a long time now. So hello James, you have a fantastic site!

I’ll start by saying Im an Aussie and naturally I want to see MW win but obviously he’s got a massively talented team mate and he’s up against it, but he does his country proud.

I get sick all the crap and hype about Hamilton on this site. I feel like I’m on a Lewis Hamilton fan site sometimes. He’s a great driver but he’s got a lot of work to do to be considered amongst the greats of the sport. Alonso and especially Vettel are in another class to Hamilton in so many ways.

I think he’s made a mistake in leaving, but the damage with the McLaren relationship was probably done a year or so back.

If Button is indeed the so called favourite at McLaren nowadays, then that’s probably Hamilton’s own fault. They’ve backed him since he was a kid, and they’ve given him pretty competitive cars for most of his career and he came out of the Alonso thing as their clear Number1. He should have moulded the team around himself, but he’s either not smart enough ah lah Alonso/MSch/Senna or followed poor advice or both.

McLaren have no doubt themselves made several mistakes this year which has cost Hamilton, which makes you wonder how committed each individual in the team is to a bloke who didn’t perform at 100% the previous year?? These blokes busted their chops preparing the car for much less $$$ and fame while he was off playing with his movie star mates.

Anyway, I think it’s a sad day. It would have been good to see Hamilton and McLaren get back to the top together rather than Hamilton flying the German flag in F1 and building his brand.

While Hamilton and his people build up his “brand”, Alonso/Vettel and co will be winning WDCs.

The winners out of this are…. XIX, Perez, and its a toss up between Merc/McLaren/Hamilton.

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Other winners, Vettel, Alonso.

15

Thanks for the post. Look forward to reading more!

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Excuse my ignorance, but what’s so great about becoming a ‘brand’? I thought a driver’s goal was to win championships and prove you’re the best in the world. Becoming a ‘brand’ sounds like a rather uninteresting career choice to me.

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Uninteresting perhaps, but likely to be very lucrative if successful.

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I’m really glad that Lewis has moved on and aiming ‘to be a man’. Like DC said “grow up. be a man.”

There is no doubt about his talent to wrestle the car for speed. However, he needs to be a lot more complete like Alonso, Vettel, Schumacher, Button, Raikkonen. If he learned such abilities at Merc, there plenty of championship awaits him.

Ross Brawn and Hamilton may create a new empire like the dominant Brawn-Todt-Schumacher era was. Well… probably not as dominant but still it will be something.

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Steve Pritchard

An Englishman abroad – I was in napa and saw a Mclaren AMG parked in a winery. The car was almost as sexy as the Cabernet Sauvignon on offer! 🙂

Mclaren are an exclusive brand bar none!

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Adrian Newey Jnr

James

A lot of focus has been (rightly) on Hamilton’s move. However, no one (of any serious journalistic intent) has written about the background of Sergio’s move to McLaren. After all, it was not long ago that people were penciling him in for Massa’s seat. This move seems to have been missed by most of the F1 media, being overshaddowed by Hamiton.

Given McLaren had “no plan B” (which I find very hard to believe), Sergio’s move was instanteous. Perhaps Hamiton’s future had been determined long before and the announcement was only held back until Sergio was locked in? This would explain Lewis’s demeanor over the past few races whilst McLaren negotiated with Sergio’s management.

This also puts into context Ms Monisha’s comments about the future of her Sauber drivers. Could you perhaps interview Ms Monischa from Sauber about it? Perhaps for your next podcast?

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I find it hard to believe Blundell used the word synergy. Are you sure he didn’t say “fings wot in all fairness work togevva at the end of the day” ?

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After what has been said by a number of f1 people it seems all was not well at Mclaren, Hamilton had to go and I’m glad he has, Mclaren even with the fastest car make many mistakes, that’s why they havn’t won the titles they should have. It also adds to F1, we now have five top drivers all in different teams, can’t wait till Lewis gets his first win in the mercedes

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A couple of F1 facts to consider.

Since 1958, only two teams who built road cars before entering F1 have taken titles: Mantra and Renault (both French!)

The only other teams to produce road cars and win titles are Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren. These teams were all F1 teams before producing own-badged road cars.

History suggests that manufacturer teams are not particularly successful.

Personally, I think both Lewis and McLaren are losers over this.

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Well, you’re only talking the Constructors’ title, which didn’t exist while Mercedes were racing.

Mercedes won 3 of the six European Championships seasons (or the six that had awarded a title to a winner), and both of the seasons they contested in early F1 (1954 and 1955).

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This is true, I was intentionally discounting the years prior to 1958 as this short period was dominated by constructors. Early F1 had few non-manufacturer teams and kind of skews the point that I was making about the under-performance of constructors (not Mercedes in particular).

There have been quite a few manufacturers that have had their own F1 teams and have failed – sometimes spectacularly. Think of the recent failures of Toyota, Honda and Jaguar, all top level brands with huge resources behind them that failed to win big for various reasons – one common one, I feel, is that the teams were run more by committee rather than the dictatorship they really need to be to succeed.

Mercedes today is a different company from Mercedes in the 1950s and I’m not sure they are going to be any different from those teams I’ve already mentioned. We shall see…

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Addendum : “dominated by manufacturers” I meant

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Was the Singapore helmet change a clue? Rosberg wears yellow also yeah?

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Yes, they also wore matching underpants.

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Yeah, though it’s a lighter, brighter yellow. And he wears the yellow shoes too. I think it should be fairly easy to pick them apart, and there’s always the t-bar’s if not.

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Hi James,

Do you think the Hamilton move had the blessing of Bernie from the very beginning? It’s a huge win to have Mercedes now committed to F1 for the long term.

Also what do you think XIX will do for Lewis differently in the future? Will other driver managers see them a big threat to their business?

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Of course!

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For sure Bernie would’ve loved it. A cynic, one who thinks that Bernie could decide WDC’s and WCC’s at the start of the year, would think that Bernie would guarantee Lewis and Mercedes wins next year.

33

Theer were three questions there – may I ask which was ‘Of course’ the answer to?

34

It would be interresting to hear if Di Resta was considered and if not why. He is probably WDC material (did beat Vettel in F3 back in 2006 in equal cars) given the right package.

35

He was. He’s also being considered by Ferrari, as is Hulkenberg

36

Ok, thanks!

I read an article about D Coulthard stating “Resta’s nationality actually played against him.”. I had thought about it before reading the article and thought it made sense. Really feel sorry for Paul if that was the case, as this was a chanse of a life time (if he does not go red in 2013 that is).

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No way Di Resta.

38

James, what I would like to hear about is the real and full reason as to why Lewis released the telemetry sheet.

I feel most of the F1 media wirters who understand the politics of how F1 works, know more than they are

letting on as to what actually went down.

And the reason for them not letting go as to what really happened is that they would be left high and dry in terms

of F1 news gathering, (the fear of media exclusion)

And for that we the general public only get the sensational end of the story, just enough info to heighten our likes, hates and predujices.

I beleive a large factor for Lewis leaving Mclaren was to do with the team underhandness, particularly in the first half of this season

where they were trying to stop him from finishing with more points than Button.

(A legacy of feeling that some team members still held against him over the Ali Gee statement.

Lewis knew he had dropped a major clanger last year and tried this season to make up to the team.

But it seems that the bulk of the them would not, could not forgive.)

As to the that telemetry sheet. Why would Lewis agree to take a Back Wing that slows him down by 0.8sec to the full setup of his teammate on the new wing?

(Hamilton has been out qualifiying Button for the best part all season in Q3 by some 0.5sec.)

So I say again, why would he agree to race with a Back Wing so much slower if it wasn’t for the fact he realised he was being stitched up

and to prove his point he produced the telemetry sheet.

(Which on one hand goes to show he had at least one friendly mechanic simplefiying with him and pointed out what was going on, for how eles did he end up with the info?)

Lewis had no choice but to go.

He is British and Button is English.

For those with that view the Ali Gee gaff would never be forgiven.

Hence, the Back Wing stitch up, along with the aledged under fueling of the car.

The mis-information radioed to him on how best to dial in the start-off clutch setting.

Being delayed in the pit by some 12sec. Long enough to let Button make it round to the pit straight so he ended up in front of LH,

Another delay in the pit so he had to wait for cars to pass before he could be released.

Along with the phoney attempt of trying to pull tape off the front inlet brake duct.

Oh and those misalined wheel nuts, how many times did the pit crew ride that pony?

1 bad start, bad pit stop in Australla (bad start due to team giving him wrong cluctlh setting?)

2 bad pit stop in Malaysia (bad pit stop let Alonso out in front)

3 bad pit stops in Bahrain

4 bad pit stops in Canada

5 bad pit stops in Valencia (Maldonaldo and him crashed. DNF for him.)

6 Team did not put enough fuel in tank for Q3 at Spain, sent to back of grid (although he made pole.)

Not the team this time.

Spa (Belgium) in first corner carnage because of Grosjean cutting across into him.

Yet most commentator’s at first stated it was Hamalton that crashed into Grosjean. (Mmm, I wonder why that was?)

Similar to what they claimed happened between him and Button last year. When Button put Hamilton into a wall.

For me I believe the man had had enough and the apex to it all was the release of the telemetry sheet.

On the whole a dumb move from him, but a good bit of info for those of us who have a mind to read others behaviour and then ask the question why would they have done X.

Not just take on board what MW the manager/acting PR, diplomat that he is put out, “a collective decision on that side of the garage to go with the old rear wing setup”.

And for those who would say Mclaren would not do any of the above, please wander down the lane of spygate and what happened with them and Alonso.

So James how about being brave enough to enlighten us all with the full and real reason why Lewis posted the telemetry sheet!

And if you do the write up, please don’t let us have your take or others as to what may or could of happened.

Just the full and real facts.

(Or by doing so would that be to much in a round about way, justifying Lewis behaviour this year for some?)

39

Are not you over-analyzing things a bit? Getting outqualified by your “less skillful” team mate by a good margin, does not help if you are sitting in salary negotiations with your next employer (making arguments to become the highest earner in F1, some say). XIX were probably consulted before publishing as well. Plan was probably to make HAM look like a victim and get sympathys from fans and media…plan backfired.

Or maybe all you state about the team “sabotaging” for HAM is true – They were maybe trying to get back on him for all the costs they endured in 2011 for replacement parts and whatnot that broke in all crashes and for lost certain CC points that year (note. I am not saying HAM was the cause of the “misshaps” – always some F1 driver, in front of him on track, would foolishly be in his way and not have the ability/skill to get out of there in time. Massa Webber Maldonado Button just to name a few…).

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>Plan was probably to make HAM look like a victim and get sympathys from fans and media…

Yes. Based on my own dealings with XIX, it is -possible- that they really believed that that would work, (and thus, pace my argument above, that they had in fact just fallen out of a tree).

But it is really, really unlikely, because they are not actually quite -that- clueless.

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I love the reasoning and the way you use the language 🙂

42

At Last Someone au fully concur with !

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Steve Pritchard

Sounds like conspiracy theory, the reality is more likely that Lewis wanted the same superiority that Alonso expected!

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The entire telemetry scandal is over blown hype that the media agencies love, but ultimately isn’t very meaningful, beyond yet again re-enforcing the fact that Lewis is extremely reactive; though does anyone, besides Lewis, honestly know why, and if it was warranted?

No.

Lewis is reactive and wasn’t happy about something, or some things at McLaren; end of story; move on.

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>does anyone, besides Lewis, honestly know…if it was warranted?

Yes, we do.

All those of us who haven’t just fallen out of a tree know that it. Was. Not. Warranted. Because this is something that you. Just. Do. Not. Do. Ever. Under any circumstances.

To be completely fair and even handed, it’s not as bad as trying to blackmail Ron.

But there again, Ron sacked Alonso.

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@Dean:

>suggesting anyone who doesn’t know the details must have just ‘fallen outof a tree

I didn’t suggest that.

I didn’t write that.

I don’t believe that.

Look again at what I excerpted. I’m responding to your statement that we don’t know if it was -warranted-.

My position is, again, that we -do- know that it was not warranted, just as we know that attempting to blackmail Ron Dennis was not warranted, -even tho’- we (obviously) don’t know all the details.

My proposition is that it isn’t situational. No knowledge of the details is required to establish that Lewis was bang out of order. You explicitly claim the opposite.

Just IMO, of course, but I’m not sure which I find more surprising; that you seem to think that there could possibly be some justification for Lewis’ behaviour, or that you believe I’m somehow in breach of the rules here. Mind you, since you don’t appear to actually have read my post, who knows?

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Harsh toleman fan, I’m surprised you snuck this by the moderator, suggesting anyone who doesn’t know the details must have just ‘fallen outof a tree’?; but then again, the moderator is just as likely an Englishman, as you, n’est ce pas?

You presumption that you know the details and ramifications of the telemetry incident belie your credibility.

The telemetry incident was significant, but only like the last nudge pushing a stone down a hill, compared to the gravity of the relationship, as a whole, between McLaren and Hamilton; he was going, by that point it was already inevitable.

After the announcement of Hamilton’s move to Mercedes, the telemetry anecdote is utterly irrelevant; he’s moved-on, and so should all of the people obsessing about this now irrelevant episode.

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Like most bizarre tim foil hatted conspiracy theorists you have a ‘theory’ that you ‘believe’ – with no evidence. You then very firmly state that a journalist must know the facts (which obviously coincide with your made up assumptions) and if the journalist doesn’t confirm every word of your imaginations the journalist is part of the conspiracy.

You should probably check the definition of facts before you state your made up accusations and try to denigrate a respectable journalist because they haven’t published an article saying ‘crazy Internet theory guy was right from his bedroom’…

49

I actually believed some for the conspiracy theories. I think MW does favour JB but no matter what they do to keep him near to Lewis his fans know that in equal machinery and equal team treatment, Lewis blows button into the weeds!

50

Lots of people keep saying this – but in terms of points and podiums, Lewis has not really blown Button into the weeds in anything other than qualifying pace.

I’m happy to say Lewis is the faster driver than Jenson (it’s fairly easy to say that Lewis is perhaps the raciest driver in the whole field for decades) but until there’s actually evidence that Lewis has ‘destroyed’ Button, this is just the usual evidence-free fanboi claims.

If Lewis was so fantastically above Button, having an ineffectual Martin Whitmarsh favouring one man personally over another shouldn’t matter in the slightest. The conspiracy would have to be that, despite Ron Dennis’ personal preference, the entire design and engineering divisions – including Lewis’ own pit crews – got together in a giant conspiracy behind Lewis’ back and agreed to screw him over about 10 minutes after they signed Jenson up in late 2009.

This is the problem with being a fanboi – you have to dismiss the actual reality and evidence and go on ‘well I feel – therefore my opinion changes reality’.

Hamilton had best DESTROY Nico at mercedes otherwise there will be an entire horde of Lewis fans crying into their shrines. After all Lewis beat Nico back in their early karting careers whilst Jensons karting career was actually more impressive than either.

No, what am I saying – if Lewis is only equal to or beaten by Nico, it will be either a [mod]/german/corporate conspiracy.

I say this all as a Lewis fan by the way. I just think even Lewis would be embarrassed by some of the conspiracy nuts who claim to support him out here in whacko F1 land. 🙂

51

Hahaha! You’ve got to be kidding!!!

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Tornillo Amarillo

IMO there is not too much risk since after of having an exceptional McLaren, Button and Rosberg are not so far in the standings, really, in fact I think Rosberg did a better campaign than Button in 2012.

53

Thanks for the podcast especially the piece on The Prof it gave good insight.

Of course this move is a good move for Hamilton – whether he wins, looses or does average at Mercedes . It’s a new challenge with a great future potential and definitely better marketing opportunity for him. But some how I think Mercedes will be strong next year and Lewis is the right ingredient. I think Mclaren will showcase a great talent in Perez but will be fighting to keep up with the other teams. Even with the best car they have struggled because of some internal rubbish in that team- I don’t think it’s gone and the leadership has not been strong enough.

What I can’t wait to see is Jenson being beaten by Perez and even Hamilton in a Mercedes -then the whole world will see what is wrong with that team and why they have struggled.

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Only time will tell, of course, but here’s an interesting counterpoint interview with Bob Varsha — the F1 ‘voice’ on Speed TV here in the USA: http://formula-one.speedtv.com/article/speed-voice-bob-varsha-talks-about-lewis-hamiltons-move-to-mercedes/

Many views on the situation, eh?

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