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post #346 of 1240
So, Hamilton to Mercedes, Perez to McLaren. I think Perez is getting the better deal.
post #347 of 1240
Quote:

Lewis Hamilton to join Mercedes in $100m move from McLaren

Lewis Hamilton will on Friday bring to an end one of the most controversial and long-running transfer sagas in Formula One history by announcing that he is leaving McLaren, the team he has been with over half his life, for rivals Mercedes in a three-year deal which could be worth as much as $100million (£61.6million).

The announcement is almost certain to end the career of the most successful driver in F1, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, whose return three years ago to the sport he once bestrode like a colossus palpably failed to live up to expectations.

It is not yet clear whether Schumacher will be offered some sort of ambassadorial or management role with the Brackley team.

The Daily Telegraph understands that Mercedes are waiting for their board in Stuttgart to sign off on the new Concorde Agreement, the commercial pact which binds the teams to the sport, before making an official announcement regarding Hamilton. That announcement should arrive today.

Right up until the end the move was kept shrouded in secrecy. McLaren are only understood to have been informed of Hamilton’s decision yesterday, and may hold a press conference of their own this morning, at which they will announce their next move.

There is no doubt, though, that Hamilton’s rejection, particularly after McLaren returned more than once in recent weeks with improved deals, reportedly matching Mercedes’ offer, will come as a bitter blow to the team who nurtured the 27 year-old from young karter to F1 world champion.

and then Perez to McLaren!

Perez is gonna kill it next year! Hammy, not so much...
post #348 of 1240
Thread Starter 
Holy shit, he really did it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19755236


McLaren got the next best thing, Frankly, but its a massive loss.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19755616
post #349 of 1240
Will Buxton has a good take on this:

http://willthef1journo.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/the-first-pieces-of-the-puzzle/

I think Sergio will be amazing at McLaren, and imagine the fireworks and drama a Vettel-Alonso partnership at Ferrari could generate. MB is going to be a dead-end for Hamilton.
post #350 of 1240
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

Will Buxton has a good take on this:
http://willthef1journo.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/the-first-pieces-of-the-puzzle/
I think Sergio will be amazing at McLaren, and imagine the fireworks and drama a Vettel-Alonso partnership at Ferrari could generate. MB is going to be a dead-end for Hamilton.

Not always. It was for Villneuve when he went to BAR, but Shcumacher went to Ferrari and gobbled up the WCs. It depends on who is running the show.

We'll see how much raw speed Perez has. Its honestly not a huge step down, but I thought this was Hamilton's most mature season in the sport and showed he was poised to own the sport. He didn't have the luck this season, unfortunately.

Personally, I think he is making a mistake, but we'll see.

Looks like Schumacher is taking Perez's seat at Sauber, but I dont know what the real value is in that.

Since Ferrari let him go, is this a sign Massa is safe? I hope not, the guy has been shit.

Ready for my revelation??? SCHUMACHER TO FERRARI - as a #2 to Alsonso, it would come full circle, ha ha.

Good article. I love this:

Quote:
When it first became clear that Lewis had found a sticking point with McLaren over a new contract in wanting to keep hold of his trophies, news of his negotiations with Mercedes was met with a cruel retort.

“That shouldn’t be a problem in his Mercedes contract. He won’t be winning any trophies.”

Edited by idfnl - 9/28/12 at 1:00pm
post #351 of 1240
The most depressing part of that is the news that he's been hanging out with Chris Brown. LH is apparently the worst judge of character in F1.
post #352 of 1240
Schumi probably still wants to drive. Simple as that.

Mercedes has given no indication that they know the first thing about designing a fundamentally competitive car. And by that I mean competitive under a variety of conditions and on various tracks. Buxton's assessment is sadly on-point.
post #353 of 1240
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

The most depressing part of that is the news that he's been hanging out with Chris Brown. LH is apparently the worst judge of character in F1.


Actually, this is kind of true. When he and that stupid girlfriend broke up he was driving like shit. He gets rattled and makes bad decisions, both on and off track. His father being his manager was an example. Anyone ever report the reason they actually broke? DiResta dropped him pretty fast, wonder what happened there too.


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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

Schumi probably still wants to drive. Simple as that.
Mercedes has given no indication that they know the first thing about designing a fundamentally competitive car. And by that I mean competitive under a variety of conditions and on various tracks. Buxton's assessment is sadly on-point.

I know he still wants to drive, but Schumacher could spend the next 20 years being the most sought after test driver in F1. In fact, he'd be very useful in that role at Mercedes.
post #354 of 1240
Except there's no testing anymore! I think that's a big part of why Schumi hasn't flourished since coming back. One of his weapons was his ability to test the car ad nauseum and find the setups and parts that worked for him. Now he just has the simulator and FP1-3. Not the same thing.
post #355 of 1240
Great news for Checo and the sport. I dont really care whether its good news or a good move for hamilton. It's a nice change
post #356 of 1240

I think Ferrari did a clever move with allowing Perez go to McLaren. Perez at such a young age, with a good team and a good car, can be world champion. Look at Alonso - ex McLaren and now at Ferrari. Is doing very well to bring the team to it's former glories. Raikkonen - ex McLaren, won his world championship with Ferrari. Ferrari have been reiterating they wouldn't sign Sergio since he's so young and inexperienced. He's only at McLaren to cut his teeth and scratch up the experience, where he'll probably pick up a Ferrari seat in 4-5 years.

post #357 of 1240
I know Ian will love this...
post #358 of 1240
Thread Starter 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/19789183

It looks like its down to Massa, Di Resta or Hulkenberg at Ferrari next year.
post #359 of 1240
Sweet Maldonado movie.
LOL
post #360 of 1240
So, Perez is too inexperienced, but Hulkenberg is suitable? Montezemolo defies reason sometimes.
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