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PostSubject: Hamilton's new drive   Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:49 pm


Lewis Hamilton is to leave McLaren and sign to race for Mercedes from next season.

The move, predicted by BBC Sport earlier this month, is expected to be announced on Friday and will have huge repercussions throughout Formula 1.

It has forced Michael Schumacher out of Mercedes but it it is not clear whether the German legend will go back into retirement or look for another team.

Sauber driver Sergio Perez is expected to be Hamilton's McLaren replacement.

Hamilton's decision is a huge blow to McLaren, who will now have to do without the speed and inspirational talent of a man they have nurtured since he was 13 years old.

And it is a correspondingly massive coup for Mercedes, who have struggled since returning to the sport as a team owner in 2010 by buying the then world champion Brawn team.

Hamilton has been offered unequivocal number one status and will be partnered by German Nico Rosberg.

Although Hamilton's salary at Mercedes will be larger than the one he was offered by McLaren, and he has more opportunity to earn money through personal sponsorships and endorsements, sources close to the 27-year-old insist he has switched teams with a view to long-term performance.

McLaren have the fastest car this season, while Mercedes have slipped backwards after a promising start to the year.

But Mercedes have sold the move to Hamilton on the basis that they are preparing for a huge push in 2014, when new chassis and engine rules are introduced.

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, who masterminded Ferrari's years of domination in the early 2000s, has been instrumental in persuading Hamilton the move is the right decision for his future.

Hamilton, whose failure to win more than one world title so far in his career rankles with him, is banking on Brawn being able to conjure a similar period of domination at Mercedes.

Schumacher's future is uncertain. Sauber team boss Peter Sauber said a week ago that he would offer the seven-time champion a drive if he became available.

But despite the Swiss team's strong performances this season, that would be seen as a significant comedown for a man who was expected to win on his return.

Instead, Schumacher's comeback after three years in retirement has been a huge disappointment - he has scored only one podium finish in three years
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:12 pm

finally someone moved teams

This could be a good move for Perez (assuming it happens)
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:47 am

It will be interesting to see how Perez gets on at Mclaren, he could work well with Button but they might lack raw pace at times. I wonder if they will watch Di Restas progress in the next couple of seasons and give him a chance further down the line. Di Resta seems to be developing well at Force India and I think there is more to come from him, whereas Perez I believe is a bit of a one trick pony who could do a job for them in the meantime.

Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Ross Brawn somehow feels wrong to me (could be Mercedes and Brawn always sounds wrong to me) but at least he is away from Mclaren now so can start afresh. Still think Williams would be best suited to him in a lot of ways but it wasn't going to happen. I know Lewis will have Drosberg for breakfast, its going to be a test of his patience building up the team but I think with the pressure of his Mclaren railroading gone he will be much more comfortable to do that.
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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:26 am

McLaren clearly will lose a valuable asset. Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel are the best drivers in F1, in my opinion. To lose a driver that is almost always on his game and so adaptable, Iím not sure if Perez can replace Lewisí speed.

Button is a great driver, but he often fails to utilise every tenth of a second from weekend-to-weekend. Button has a specific driving style, whereas Hamilton can adapt to a car that wants to slightly oversteer or understeer. Button can often be unbeatable on the odd weekend, but itís too occasional to fight for future titles.

This is obviously a huge risk for Hamilton, as well. With the rules staying fairly static for 2013, Mercedes-Benz has a huge gap to gain in order to challenge McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari next year. I might be wrong, but I feel that Mercedes must keep on developing their 2012 car to learn for 2013.

The real advantage of joining Mercedes might occur in 2014. The V6 engines will be totally different to the V8ís, in terms of their drivability, delivery and fuel flow limit. Reliability will be crucial, and being partnered with a factory team might be advantageous in 2014. Also, new electrical technology is coming in 2014, an area where Daimler has vast expertise and R&D resource in.

F1 in 2014 will no longer going to be a chassis and downforce war like it is now, there will be unknown factors involved in winning.

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:28 am

I was thinking about Di Resta, was Perezís Telmex money just too tempting for McLaren? In terms of consistency, intelligence, race craft and speed; I would argue that Di Resta blends all this very nicely. Di Resta has immense potential in my opinion. Di Resta often drives to his strategy, never being tempted to unnecessarily race other drivers when doing fewer pitstops, for example.

Whatever Di Resta has driven, he's been outstanding. I'll never forget how he drove a two-year old Mercedes in DTM and had podium finishes and regular points finishes.

Di Resta can become the new AlonsoÖin a fast car....Di Resta should go to Ferrrari. Razz Wink


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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:05 am

If Alonso, hamilton and Vettel are the top three drivers in f1, mclaren has lost two of them.

Personally I doubt one of those three really is one of the top three




















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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:25 am

Itís only my opinion, but I feel that those three drivers qualify and race to a different level compared to the rest. It isnít a particular skill Iím talking about. Itís a relentless speed week in, week out.

Vettel in my opinion has risen to the occasion this year. He adapted his driving style from the EBD to a different handling car. Perhaps not in qualifying, but in the races he finds a way of adapting to a different handling car and can challenge at the front.

To justify Vettel's performance, you only need to look at Webber. He's not at the same level on most weekends, a bit like Button trails Hamilton.

I think they're all amazing drivers, but some are better than others.

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PostSubject: Re: Hamilton's new drive   Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:07 am

He must have gone there for the future seasons when the new engine rules come in to play, i doubt he has gone there for the money, it's not like he needs it.

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