McLaren: Hamilton to replace Schumacher at Mercedes is not true

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren and Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 in parc ferme. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday 14 April 2012.

Lewis Hamilton with Michael Schumacher

Sep.5 (Reuters) McLaren rejected a BBC report on Wednesday suggesting that Lewis Hamilton was set leave them and replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes next season, in the aftermath of an incident packed Belgian GP.

(L to R): Eddie Jordan (IRE) BBC Television Pundit and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 13 November 2011.“We have been told by Lewis Hamilton’s management team that the story is untrue,” a McLaren spokesman said.

Former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan, who gave Schumacher his debut in the sport in 1991 and is now an F1 analyst for BBC television, told the broadcaster that he had heard talks were in an advanced stage with Mercedes.

“I believe Hamilton and Mercedes have already agreed personal terms and a deal could be imminent,” the BBC quoted the Irishman, ahead of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

“Some weeks ago I said on TV that I felt Lewis was on the move and I had an idea at the time he had been speaking to Ferrari, which we now know is true,” Jordan said. “But I can now confirm that his people have had meetings with Mercedes.”

Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.  Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 13 June 2010.A spokesman for Hamilton told Reuters “his management was in advanced negotiations with McLaren regarding a new contract. More importantly, Lewis is focused on Monza and competing strongly for the championship”.

Seven-time world champion and former Ferrari great Schumacher, 43, is in the last year of his contract with Mercedes and has said that he will not make any announcement about his plans until next month.

The German has not won a race since his comeback in 2010 and has appeared on the podium just once in the three years with Mercedes.

Hamilton, 27, has been backed by Mercedes-powered McLaren since he was in his early teens and has only ever driven for the Woking-based team. Contract talks between the two sides have been going on all season.

Lewis Hamilton at Hungarian Grand PrixMercedes are seen as Hamilton’s best bet outside of McLaren, with champions Red Bull already having a confirmed line-up for 2013 and a move to Ferrari unlikely given that the Briton and Fernando Alonso had a difficult relationship at McLaren in 2007.

One paddock source told Reuters it would be amazing if Hamilton’s management had not talked to rival teams and Mercedes was sure to have been one of them.

Mercedes is also one of the few teams with winning potential who would be able to pay the sort of salary Hamilton is looking for.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone fuelled further speculation about Schumacher at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, the German driver’s 300th, when he spoke to Jordan before the start on live television.

“I’ll be sad to see him go,” said the 81-year-old Briton. “I would have liked to see him win again.” Ecclestone then admitted that he did not know if Schumacher would be retiring.

There was no immediate comment from Mercedes about Hamilton.

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  • hillside

    its confirmed true

  • McLaren Fan

    Despite denials from Lewis Hamilton’s management team that the McLaren driver is close to joining Mercedes, fresh reports claim the former World Champion will be offered a £60m package to replace either Michael Schumacher or Nico Rosberg.
    ‘The German team are so keen to sign the 27-year-old for the next campaign they are prepared to hand him a deal which would eclipse Michael Schumacher’s £16.5m-a-season package.

    Another report understands the move is not dependent on Schumacher retiring for the second time at the end of this world championship, meaning the Briton could even replace his former karting team-mate Nico Rosberg.’

  • Butterfly

    Those morons at McLaren first let Alonso go now Hamilton. That has got to be the dumbest team on the entire grid, even though their engineers are top-notch. The only thing McLaren is good for is providing engineering talent to rival teams.

    What a bunch of monumental morons.

  • Speedo

    There have been articles that Mercedes may pull out of F1 beyond the net season or two. If that is the case, is it a wise move? McLaren will always be there. I’d rather Lewis stays with McLaren as Merc is not up there in the top 5. Correct me if I am wrong

  • Butterfly

    Well, the team will be renamed and lose some of the money coming from Merc directly. However, Ross Brawn and his technicians will stay as will Lewis & Nico – surely sponsors will be interested.

    Lewis is the right man for that team. Hope Nico doesn’t start acting like a little b*itch.

  • VEne

    lewis is welcome at merc. lewis and schumi driving together awesome! airhead rosberg either kicked out or as 3rd driver reserve driver

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    I Would Love The Pair Of LEWIS And MICHAEL.

    ROSBERG Is Just A Zombie Driver.

    Go, HAMILTON !

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