What if Lewis quits?

The thrilling European leg has ended at Monza and  Formula One goes on a world trip for the final flyaway races. Since going into Italian GP, rumour-mongers bustled about Hamilton to have secured his future with Mercedes and a deal is imminent. Even a mediocre F1 viewer contemplate that as foolish, Mclaren having a streak of their own: three poles converted to as much wins. But it’s true that Lewis’ management is keen at promoting him as a global phenomena alongside Andy Murray and David Beckham whom they manage affairs of as well.

Mercedes are reported to have put a hefty sum of £60m over three years on the contract to lure Hamilton. With Mclaren’s engine deal is getting to a closure with Mercedes and having to build a new car around new rules it could be a big task for the Woking based side. Hamilton could possibly be the number one driver if the deal is all set and done I suppose.

Thinking outside the box, Jenson Button feels home with Mclaren and despite admitting his chances on the title are getting skimpy, he sees no reason to yield for Hamilton. Lewis may expect a higher salary if he gets out of Mclaren and in two years the prospects of new engines will come into play and wide of the mark that who gets the better of the rest. Mclaren let their drivers to fight in title race and to be Jenson’s team-mate is any young driver would wish for. Albeit Whitmarsh being confident to stay put Lewis, he insisted that no plan B being made yet. We might see some truth of it as F1 moves to Singapore in less than a week.

Force India’s Vijay Mallya heralded intentions to retain his successful line-up but Resta is highly tipped as a Mclaren driver in case Hamilton choose to leave. Mallya also said no deals were put in front for Paul and Nico from any top teams. The British team may opt for Resta to keep hold their ‘all British’ legacy and to lift the constructors’ title he would be a worthy option. Paul di Resta has announced ahead of Italian GP that he is to be managed full time by The Sports Partnership, a company set up by Jenson Button.

Kovalainen has also been linked with Mclaren who spent a brief period with them in 2008 and 2009 but not so successful. Though Sauber are happy to run with the current drivers, no word from Sergio yet on where he would suit up after an impressive drive at Monza. Swiss publication Blick has put forward Sergio Perez as Hamilton’s possible replacement after Ferrari have reckoned him as too young to pair with Alonso. On a personal note, Hamilton belongs to Mclaren having nurtured from them since a young go-karter. If there is something called loyalty existing in the sport, he would bring back the glory days by staying with the mighty Mclaren.

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8 thoughts on “What if Lewis quits?

  1. More likely he’ll be fired! Quitting after posting top secret car data online is not the right term. Obviously the relationship is not working, even Jo Ramirez pointed that out on James Allain’s F1 podcast.

    By ze vei, are you attending the Indian GP?

    • Well, maybe next year. Anyway, if you got some Indian GP related material, the type of thing they call “latest situation on the ground” at CNN, drop me a line. Maybe I can it push further to one of the teams. Can be a blog on the subject or how the race is being presented in the country. Think it might be interesting for European F1 fans.

  2. I wonder still whether he is not at least a little tempted by a seat at Ferrari. After winning at the last race, it seemed he and Fernando were awfully friendly for two former teammates who do not like each other. His tweeting of McLaren telemetry does remain a problem for any team interested in hiring him. I think if Ron Dennis has a stay, he will end up staying with McLaren, but if Ron is not involved I see him walking. As for Mercedes, we have not heard yet whether Michael will stay or go for an open seat. Whatever he decides, I think it would be a shame for him to leave the sport, even though I am not a fan of Lewis.

  3. Lewis will stay put at Mclaren imo. But I dont wanna see Michael go especially when the team seems shaping up well soon and so does him.

    • My hope is for Michael not to retire too! But then I think of drivers who I have followed only to see their whole reputation ruined as being one of the “greats” for staying too long. As for Lewis if he is staying with McLaren, he sure does not look very happy after winning the pole, nor did he seem to want to be near anyone from McLaren. I guess we will have to wait till October, which is when I hear the announcement for both will be made!

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