Will Hamilton ever leave McLaren?
- 22nd February 2012, 12:19 at 12:19 pm #146532
@matt90 I thought his comments on wanting to wait until the flyaways ended before extending his contract was a clear ultimatum though.22nd February 2012, 12:21 at 12:21 pm #14653322nd February 2012, 12:24 at 12:24 pm #146534
@matt90 it was at the mp4-27a car launch… he made some comments to that end. I don’t remember where now though.22nd February 2012, 12:32 at 12:32 pm #146535
The thing is, if he was only interested in staying if McLaren were at least comparable to Red Bull, then that only gives him one other place to go. And I doubt he’d want to move to Red Bull without assurance that Newey stayed as long as him. There is more to Red Bull than Newey, and him being there is probably helping establish a more capable team, but it would still be a risk to move there if Newey was leaving before Hamilton’s Red Bull contract expired.22nd February 2012, 12:34 at 12:34 pm #146536EstesarkParticipant
this site is full of bias Button/Mclaren fans, so if you try and say anything that may make him look a bit bad everyone jumps down your throat or your posts get deleted, its happened to me everytime I expose Button
Fans are entitled to be biased, or to put it in a less inflammatory way, everyone is entitled to have their favourites, and express their opinions. This forum would be pretty dead if everybody thought the same thing all the time. But I read every post that is made in the F1 and Off-Topic forums and I honestly haven’t noticed a widespread bias against Hamilton.
None of the staff here would delete a comment or forum post just because they disagree with it. I don’t know how exactly you’ve been trying to “expose” Button, if so long as you don’t infringe the comment policy, your contribution should not be deleted.
If you want to continue to discuss this or make a complaint, I suggest you send me a private message.22nd February 2012, 15:25 at 3:25 pm #146537AnonymousInactive
I really can see Hamilton out of McLaren…. and he probably should jump ship… it´s obvious there is something fishy going on there and things don´t look good for him… I think he should probably do it next season if he could depending wether this years car is any good… if it´s not then he should probably bail out… I don´t see him in Ferrari with FA although things have cooled down between them and I definitely don´t see him in RBR… so I guess that just leaves Lotus and Mercedes!22nd February 2012, 16:22 at 4:22 pm #14653822nd February 2012, 18:45 at 6:45 pm #146539BobdreddsParticipant
I dont see anything fishy going on at McLaren, just the result of two high performing drivers vieing for dominance. Lewis has had personal problems which affected him last season but he still won 3 races in spite of everything. I dont think MW favours Button, it’s just that Jenson is a very intelligent, likeable driver who has stepped up to the mark and is in the best form of his career. His relationship with everyone is friendly and relaxed and it would be easy to read to much into it IMHO. There is no area that you can criticise him. But Jenson is a much more experienced in that he had a long tough road that evenually silenced all his critics. Lewis came into F1 in a completely different way and had instant success and instant fame. It was always going to have a few rocky moments.
I dont think that Lotus is an option for Lewis, at least not yet. If he decides to move then it will be to either Ferrari or RB for the reasons I suggested above IMHO. A lot will be down to the season. Lewis has a serious management team and he is supremely confident in his own talent. The team have already indicated that they are ready to sign but I believe that Lewis is playing a waiting game to see how the season goes and if Ferrari or RB express an interest, then that strengthens his position in contract negotiations. In fact it would be a bad move to sign too early from Lewis’s stand point. Mind you if the car is quick from the first race I would expect a McLaren contract to be a formality.25th February 2012, 13:44 at 1:44 pm #146540GeorgeDaviesF1Participant
Button seems to be the one doing most of the sponsor stuff, saw him on his own on Santander poster, (cant remember where), also Mobil 1 ad in F1 Racing,
Some mechanics werent that pleased with his reaction to Korea pole either25th February 2012, 17:46 at 5:46 pm #146541AnonymousInactive
I think one of the reasons Jenson has done better than Lewis are not directly related to just the last 12 months. Jenson reminds me of the likes of Prost, Mansell and Hakkinen, in the sense he served a long apprenticeship before hitting the big time in F1. Lewis was fighting for the title in just his first year. Granted, he had a lot of racing experience behind him, but nothing can prepare you for the media onslaught you get, particularly as a British driver (with a famous girlfriend I might add). Jenson (and Prost, Mansell, Hakkinen et al) waited at least three or four years before being a title contender and I think it is this period that gives you the experience to be able to cope with ‘not winning’. Just my two penneth. I have tremendous respect for Lewis as a driver, but I’m firmly on team Button come raceday.26th February 2012, 9:08 at 9:08 am #146542AnonymousInactive
Well….. I guess Hamilton´s fate is sealed now…. I just read somewhere that Bernie E., in an interview, recomended Hamilton to leave McLaren! And once that man says something about F1, it ends up happening… Like that interview I posted up in another subject, Bernie´s comments about wanting to see Fernando Alonso in Ferrari, etc… Things have a “funny” way of happening when BE says something like that…
What I don´t agree with is that in that same interview, Bernie said he would like to see Michael Schumacher in a “good” car and he even mentioned wanting to see Michael in REDBULL. I HONESTLY don´t see that happening though…
I guess we´ll just have to wait and see what happens…26th February 2012, 10:12 at 10:12 am #146543
You have to admit that even if you don’t like the guy, he’s a hell of a businessman and visionary. A lot of what Bernie suggests do happen, but I put that down more to him having a clear picture of how things will be26th February 2012, 12:02 at 12:02 pm #146544
On Bernie saying he wanted to see Alonso in a Ferrari- I’m guessing the interview came after 2007, so Ferrari was the only place Alonso was likely to end up regardless of what Bernie was saying. There wasn’t really anywhere else fitting for a double world champion then.26th February 2012, 13:02 at 1:02 pm #146545Colossal SquidParticipant
I can’t see Hamilton leaving McLaren anytime soon, even if this year’s car is a dog. As has been said, there are no teams as good as McLaren with seats becoming free. If he jumped ship it’s more likely the ship he jumped to would sink. I can see him leaving at the end of his career, to try and go to RBR or Mercedes if they’re still around. But I’d say Hamilton will stay at McLaren for another 5 years at least.26th February 2012, 13:16 at 1:16 pm #146546HKParticipant
I honestly can’t see Hamilton moving anywhere soon. His options would be either Redbull or Ferrari. Redbull already have two drivers they are happy with, and besides, if Webber should leave, they have TorroRosso to pick a driver from. That leaves only Ferrari, which at the moment are doing worse than Mclaren.
Also, it looks like Mclaren are doing great currently from what we’ve seen at Catalunya first testing week, so they might even be able to beat the RB8 in raw performance. I definitly think Hamilton will stay at Mclaren at least till the end of 2013. For all we know he might even win the championship this year!
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