Leaving McLaren would be abnormal says Hamilton 20 July, 2012 Jul.20 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has used the word “abnormal” to describe the prospect of leaving McLaren at the end of 2012. The 2008 world champion is locked in negotiations with the famous British team, but he indicated at Hockenheim that he would like to stay. “I have a lot of faith in this team, we’re like a family,” he told reporters. “Anything different would feel very abnormal. But “you have to look at all your options and know all your plans, and not rush into things. Some of the worst decisions are generally the ones that are rushed,” said the 27-year-old. It is rumoured that Hamilton and his management are arguing with McLaren over his retainer and other contractual details. Insiders regard his potential alternatives for 2013, including Lotus and Mercedes, as highly unlikely. Lotus, in particular, would almost certainly have to involve a big pay-cut. Asked if that is possible, Hamilton answered: “I have to be careful how I answer this – it could affect my bargaining power. “It goes without saying for me that the number one priority is the car.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsItalian Grand Prix: McLaren preview MonzaHonda: We will match MercedesMcLaren tempt Alonso with $32 million dealDennis: McLaren always look to employ the best driversButton: I can’t imagine life without Formula 1McLaren and Whitmarsh finally part companyButton calls for cleaner F1 title battle fightMcLaren: Both drivers drove extremely wellMcLaren will decide on drivers before season endMcLaren: Reasonably satisfied with our day’s work McLaren Fan Nice wording Lewis, Ron could be watching. Hamilton answered: “I have to be careful how I answer this — it could affect my bargaining power”.