Was Hamilton's move to Mercedes only about money?

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton at work in Jerez

One of Formula 1’s most respected and experienced insiders believes Lewis Hamilton’s switch from McLaren to Mercedes was motivated by money and inspired by his ambitious management team, who are more interested in generating lucrative deals than racing.

Simon Fuller (GBR) 19 Management celebrates with the McLaren team and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday 10 June 2012.
Simon Fuller with Lewis Hamilton

“If you compare the two (teams), you must come to the conclusion that there were no sporting reasons for him to leave McLaren,” Tony Dodgins, a veteran British journalist, is quoted by the Swiss magazine Speed Week.

“No, I think it’s because Lewis is strongly driven by his management,” he added.


Dodgins is referring to Simon Fuller, the American Idol creator who has handled the 2008 world champion’s career since his split with father Anthony Hamilton.

“Fuller is obviously a highly successful manager,” said Dodgins, “but I would not call him a racer. I’m not even sure if he is interested in the sport.

“No, this management is extremely money-oriented,” he added, referring to Fuller’s abilities to exploit the fortunes of his clients beyond their mere retainers.

“Fuller strongly advised Hamilton to go to Mercedes, for the simple reason that he could make more money than if he was at McLaren,” said Dodgins. (GMM)