And BTW, I feel that FA truley kicks butt on the track. He's probably going to be 2012 WDC. Just saying that in case you thought I was some sort of LH butt humper. Granted, its going to be interesting to see LH climb out of the hole he either dug himself into or was thrown into (depending on how you want to view LH).
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I really could care less about the racist crap. I was (A) wanting to resurrect the Hamilton topic and (B) continue the debate about where Hamilton may end up (ie. potentially as a teammate to Rosberg....or Schumacher....or BOTH......Germans!!)...
Lame attempt at a segue?
I actually like the idea of Hamilton to Mercedes, but with Schumacher rather than The Rosberg.
Ham and the Ros should just swap seats.
Alonso says that Ham is the only (other) driver than can win a championship with a sub par car.
While I agree with Alonso, it's exponentially more difficult to win the title. But maybe it would be to cool to see if Lewis can really live up to that ability?
Unh Oh! C. Brezzy tasting Nicole throat?
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F1: Hamilton Expected To Be Confirmed By Mercedes Race Team
British newspapers report that the F1 star will be added to the Anglo-German team on Friday, with no word on Schumacher’s future.
"British newspapers the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph are both reporting tonight that Lewis Hamilton will be confirmed tomorrow as a Mercedes driver from 2013.
In conjunction with that will come news of Michael Schumacher leaving the Anglo-German team – but whether that is for a final retirement or a swansong elsewhere remains to be seen.
The move will reunite Hamilton with his former karting team mate and F3 rival Nico Rosberg.
The Daily Mail says that he will have a deal worth £15m ($2.43 million) a year, with bonuses on top. And as has been widely discussed, he will have more freedom to earn from personal sponsorship deals.
While many have been sceptical in recent weeks, a move to Mercedes always seemed like a worthwhile choice for Hamilton – if a little risky.
Although the team’s results this year have been disappointing since the win in China, the potential of the outfit remains huge. Under Ross Brawn’s guidance, the stellar technical team of Bob Bell, Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis came together too late to have a proper impact in this season, but it should pay dividends next year, and especially as F1 makes the transition to the turbo era in 2014. Hamilton is undoubtedly convinced that, working with Brawn, he can make the difference.
For Mercedes hiring Hamilton is a massive PR coup and also relieves the pressure on the team from the Stuttgart board, who now have one of the very best drivers on the grid and some good motivation to sign the new Concorde and stay in the sport.
As noted, it's not entirely clear whether Schumacher's second retirement will be confirmed. If it is, the question will be whether he jumped or was pushed. He recently attended the young driver test at Magny-Cours, which was not the action of someone coasting towards retirement.
However, his Singapore crash, which received widespread criticism, could not have been more poorly timed.
Schumacher is believed to have a contract that pays him a huge sum to stay on in an ambassadorial role should he stop driving, but he didn’t enjoy a similar experience with Ferrari, and he could yet be hungry for more.
McLaren is now looking for a replacement, with Sergio Perez and Force India drivers Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg among the obvious candidates. A seven-times World Champion is also available...
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I think McLaren with will go with Di Resta. Keeping with the traditional British drivers team.
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Is it possible that he wants to prove to himself (and critics) that without Dad....and with the Macca umbilical cord finally severed, he is capable of winning?.....that he can help build a team around him like Schumacher and Alonso have done?
Only time will tell I suppose.
Holy Shyte! Ross must have either called in some bets to get that deal done or Hamilton is really done with McLaren and the bad luck.
Perez really stands to gain the most if he goes to McLaren IMHO. If he can put the sauber on the podium, then imagine what he can do at McLaren!
Wonder if HK will go to sauber so that MS can still have a ride at caterham and not feel so bad about the less than stellar race results he has been getting all season?
The analogy that I'm thinking is that of a teen/young adult finally moving out of his/her parents' house and going out into the world with the intention of proving to himself and others that he/she is capable and mature enough to succeed and acheive greatness without the parental support (ie. McLaren, RD, etc..)...
Well, there goes all my McLaren "stuff."
I'll presume that the proceeds gained from any future Mercedes paraphernalia purchases in my household will be going towards Hammie's salary huh?
I think that Martin Whitmarsh and Lewis didn't see eye to eye and Lewis had another team that wanted him badly so it just made sense for him to get away from an uncomfortable situation. Stupid of Mclaren to let egos get in the way they just lost a major talent that they brought up and gifted all that to another team. I don't think it would have got to this point with Ron in charge.
Austrian Niki Lauda, a triple world champion who retired in 1985 and is close to Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone as well as commentating for German television, will join the Mercedes team as a non-executive chairman of the board.
What's up with that??
Wasn't there a recent quote of Lauda stating that Hamilton was going to stay with McLaren??
Sure appears that Mercedes is assembling a staff of in-house therapists for Hammie..... Schumacher (if he stays).....Lauda (apparently a definite).....Ross Brawn (Heh-loooooooooooooow)....
Talk about "SILLY SEASON"!!!!!
....more like "Funny Farm"........ at Mercedes...
Aye Ya Yaaaaaaaye...... I can only imagine the jokes that will ensue. As if we thought the Hamilton/Sutil jokes were funny enough??? Rosberg "The Hair"....and Hammie??? Uh oh....