Hamilton to ditch R1.2bn deal?

2012-06-01 12:12

Lewis Hamilton may already have decided to quit McLaren, according to French TF1 television commentator Jean-Louis Moncet.

It emerged recently that McLaren has offered the 2008 World champion, whose current contract will end in 2012, more than R258-million a season to stay at the British team for five more years (R1.2-billion).

Moncet said "one of my best sources" was reporting that Hamilton had effectively decided to leave McLaren at the end of 2012 "and even earlier if the situation does not improve".


British newspapers reported after the Monaco GP that Hamilton was angry and  insisting "the team definitely has some work to do" to cut out errors.

Moncet said there had been "serious contact between McLaren and Paul di Resta", the rising Force India driver who, ironically, is managed by Hamilton's father Anthony.

Referring to the speculation surrounding Hamilton, former driver, manager and British commentator Martin Brundle noted: "He's comfortable at McLaren, but will he fancy a bit of fresh oxygen by going somewhere else? I imagine he's weighing that all up at the moment."


  • Willem - 2012-06-01 13:31

    Please leave not only McLaren, but Formula 1.

      alu.ntsandeni - 2012-06-01 14:58

      why should he leave Formula 1?

      Mark - 2012-06-01 15:21

      @alu.ntsandeni - because the competition is scared of him

      darren.peach - 2012-06-01 18:41

      Agreed. We have Kimi, Nico, Sebastian, Fernando, Mark and many other better drivers to support. His head is far too big !

      James - 2012-06-01 20:52

      Hamsterthe DNA challenged. 08 wdc blind luck. Briatore/ Alonso cheat in Singapore, Massa was set to win that race. Glock let him by last race last corner,Brazil. Ferrari screw up Massa's fuel line robbed him of points. He has been languishing 4th 5th driving a MCLAREN I predicted a year ago that this might happen. I don't believe Macca offered him anything, they are just letting him go gracefully. He wants to settle in 3rd 2world Grenada anyway. "That's were I most fit in"

      russel.lunt - 2012-06-02 15:14

      @James: Would you be happy if your team has cost you places in each of the six races this season?

      James - 2012-06-02 18:35

      Russel the team did lose a few seconds during pit stops the effect on the end result, minimal. Last year he was a total disaster. This year he has a shrink keeping his head in one piece. Ron Dennis spent $5 MILL on this guys career. Only to be told "Go swivel" disobeying team orders.. Acid test if he leaves Macca let see witch top team offers him a ride. My guess...None.

      Mark - 2012-06-04 09:12

      @James - I can't believe people are STILL going on about Glock letting Hamilton by in 2008...!!! Do you honestly believe that a driver would do that? If so you have a very strange way of looking at the sport. It was raining remember and Hamiliton had better tires.... get over it... there are also many instances in all seasons where you could say "if this then that " for example, Mansell could have won the championship 4 times if certain incidences didn't happen, Hill could have won twice if Schumi hadn't taken him out, Hamilton could have won in his rookie year.... the list goes on.... that's how F1 is... you should really do some research and try to understand the sport before you make such idiotic comments....

  • Jono - 2012-06-01 13:34

    Amazing when that kind of money is not enough!

      Mark - 2012-06-01 15:19

      Hi Jono, it's not about the money... it's about winning the championship...

      James - 2012-06-01 20:55

      Macca is not offering him anything they are just dumping him gracefully.

  • Stefano - 2012-06-01 14:05


      Mark - 2012-06-01 15:20

      I hope not too... not the way their cars are at the moment.... Perez will probably move there anyway...

      James - 2012-06-01 20:53

      I have serious doubts about any of the top teams hiring him.

  • john.langeveldt - 2012-06-02 12:31

    you must b joking, theres no race without him (hammer) Please stay at McLaren, fire your pit crew. Just look how some sulk when they dont win. Hamilton all the way.

      James - 2012-06-02 18:42

      80% sure you will eat your words Johnny. Driving a MCLAREN and languishing 4th 5th in WDC since 08 is not acceptable. BTW Sebastian was NOT sulking. He is deeply concerned about his car and the unpredictable Tyres. Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.

      Mark - 2012-06-04 09:01

      @James - Have you actually been watching any of the races this year?? Doesn't sound like you have..

  • john.langeveldt - 2012-06-02 21:23

    Ok James you want a loser Narain Karthikeyan you never see him sulking ha, ha, nothing against him plz.

  • the.real.sparky - 2012-06-04 10:20

    Hamilton's been incredibly patient this year with the amount of times Mclaren have let him down. I don't understand why people hate him so much, as far as I'm concerned, I quite enjoy watching him - he's one of the most entertaining and exciting drivers on the grid. As much as I'd love to see him at Ferrari, there's no place for him there, rather keep the competition amongst rivals instead of team mates. Quite frankly, its a breath of fresh air hearing that a driver is not interested only in the money, but rather, in winning races and Championships. Mclaren need to step it up a notch if they want to hold onto their number 1 driver, otherwise Red Bull, Lotus, mercedes and possibly Ferrari would snap him up quite quickly.

  • john.langeveldt - 2012-06-05 21:41

    The.Real.Sparky, i am with you all the way, great point, money is not everything.i prefer the winning to be spread out, then seeing the same crooked finger sticking up after the race,ya.

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