Lewis Hamilton set to leave McLaren, signs for Mercedes-Benz

Confirmation is in: Lewis Hamilton is leaving McLaren, the team that has nurtured his F1 career for more than half his life, to go and drive for Mercedes for the next three years, replacing Michael Schumacher. And it would appear, judging by the reaction out there, that there’s little love for Hamilton – do you feel he’s betrayed McLaren to chase some kind of global celebrity status and the money that comes with it? Do let us know.

From our safe position on the Sunday Afternoon sofa, let’s try and unpack the scenario with some tea and toast. You don’t need to be an expert in these things to feel McLaren’s sense of slight. The team has of course wished its driver well, but it’s also made it clear it has two drivers left in contention for this year’s title (in reality it probably has none). Message: there will be no favours for Lewis, and he can hardly expect to be as close to the technical and development team as he may have been in the past.

Secondly, while Lewis and Mercedes have confirmed the move – “I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships”, Hamilton said – McLaren has already announced that it has signed Sergio Perez. Nothing quite like getting the new girlfriend out there on your arm when you’ve been dumped, eh?

McLaren’s reaction tells us all we need to know about the real reason that Lewis even entertained conversations with Mercedes; the relationship which started with a ten-year-old boy telling Ron Dennis he would drive for him one day has been in decay for a couple of years now. You could blame it on McLaren’s inability to turn what is widely regarded as the best car on the grid this year into a championship leader. Or you could blame it on Jenson Button. JB has charmed and worked his way in to the heart of that team. A team Lewis believed was all his.

So what about the new deal? There is talk of $100million over three years, surely more than a garage team like McLaren can afford, not now it has to pay for its engines in 2013 and has yet to announce which 1.6-litre turbo it will run in 2014.

Which leaves us with the oft-levelled accusation that Lewis craves some kind of global megastar status, that he will one day be as famous as say, Michael Jordan. The story goes that it’s Mercedes as much as Hamilton’s agents, XIX Entertainment, that will enable this celebrity and that the mutual benefit is what makes it worth it for Benz. We’re tempted to suggest that if it’s the racing driver Mercedes wants, we can’t imagine that anyone who enjoys F1 doesn’t already know everything they need to know about the Mercedes brand.

But on the other hand if you were going to leave McLaren for anyone, and Ferrari was taken, Ross Brawn – Mercedes-Benz team principal and architect behind Schumacher and Button’s championship wins – is probably the person you’d leave for. The team is clearly not winning in its current guise, and has failed to catch fire around Michael Schumacher. But just wait. Our bet is that with Lewis there, it will very soon.

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C´mon guys, are you so naive that can´t see that F1 are these days more than just a Sunday car race, it´s a entertaining industry guys… and Hamilton the new star, I just like this new concept (actually, is not that new).
Confess that all of you will be glued to tv screens next year just to see Hamilton performing at the new team. That´s good for F1, good for fans and good for him.

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An english (Lewis) leave Mclaren and signs for Mercedes and a mexican (Sergio) leaves sauber and signs for an english team….. Richard Hammond, are you there??…. hahahahahaha

What a shame for Mr. Hammond!!…. Taste your words!

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I kinda get the choise to move as he’s been with Mclaren for longer than anyones been with one team. Although Mclaren have possibly failed to maximise the full potential of this years car why would any racing driver move from a team that is proved to be a race winning and championship winning team to one that has bit shown the consistant race winning form that they showed in ’09. I think he is an idiot for this but I hope he proves me wrong I’ve always been a fan of Lewis and I wish him well (still Mclaren is my fav team). Oh and don’t forget what happened when Micheal S left Benneton for Farrari. Watch this space.

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I would rather have liked him moving to LOTUS.

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still dont get why he would want to move just for the sponsorship.this signifies a downward spiral that will continue until he finds a drive at a mclaren like team.so mercedes cant build a car good enough to win and he wont get more famous at mercedes then anywhere else (is rosberg famous outside europe?)

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if you guys thought hamilton was a cry baby twit wait till things dont go his way next season .. say hello to nascar or indy bc thats exactly where his career will end up ..

as vettel has 3rd spot in all time poles and will go on to be the 2nd most decorated driver in f1 history … and his career is still yet young

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He’ll be able to power the Mercedes with his own whining, no need for the engine to do the work.

I’m pretty sure Mclaren are glad to be rid of him as he is poison for morale of the whole team and there are just as good drivers out there at the moment looking for drives.

At the end of the day, moving jobs, you owe nobody anything and have to get the best deal for you or you get screwed. I’m sure Mercedes will pay well but will it be in his long term interests, only time will tell.

I for one can’t wait until he gets out of the sport and gives someone that won’t give out about his team and works to make it better a shot. I doubt his abilities to develop the Mercedes myself other than to tell the team it isn’t fast enough because he didn’t win that day.

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Well done Lewis. In my opinion McLaren have let you down!!! so sad as i was backing both this year.

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Well done Lewis, good contract and a
chance to prove that you can lead a team.
if he can, win at Mercedes he will prove
that he is a brillant F1 racing driver.

Mcclaren are a great team, easy to win
with them.
not so with Mercedes.

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Wonderful issues altogether, you just won a emblem new reader. What could you suggest in regards to your put up that you made a few days in the past? Any sure?

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