I won’t argue the veracity of the statement made by BBC’s Eddie Jordan…he’s in the pit lane and knows a lot of people so I have no reason to believe he has any cause to throw around random rumors but then not all that shines is gold. What I will discuss with you is the concept of Lewis Hamilton moving to Mercedes. Jordan said:

“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 his people have had meetings with Mercedes.

“Bernie Ecclestone made it clear to me live on television on Sunday that Schumacher was leaving, although Schumacher later played it down.

“So it would appear Michael is leaving and Lewis is arriving at Mercedes.

“Hamilton has not agreed terms with McLaren yet.

“In fact the team have made it clear they cannot offer him as big a salary as his current $15m (£9.42m) deal, which was negotiated before the global financial crisis.

“On top of that, McLaren have to pay for their Mercedes engines for the first time next year.

“Hamilton moving to Mercedes would also make a lot of sense in the context of his manager Simon Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls and now David Beckham.

“Fuller is trying to position Hamilton as a major global star, like Beckham, and Mercedes is a much bigger global brand than McLaren.

“There has been some uncertainty over Mercedes’ position in F1. The board is unhappy at the current performance of the team, but getting Hamilton would undoubtedly be a massive coup and it could give the F1 team some breathing space.”

“There has appeared no urgency from either Hamilton or McLaren to sort out a new contract for 2013 and at the same time there have been signs of unease in the relationship”

Let’s start the discussion like this…does this make sense? Is this a good idea? The prevailing notion was that Paul di Resta would be the man for Schumacher’s seat if/when he retires from  the sport. If Hamilton is going to Merc, that seems out of the question at this point. Would Paul make a good replacement at McLaren if Lewis moves? Lewis has a history with Mercedes, he’s raced their engines for his entire Formula One career. Landing Hamilton may give the team a shot in the arm that has waned since the heady days of the Schumacher returns story.

Would the Ross Brawn team be a good spot for  a personality like Hamilton’s? How about a team swap with Schumacher to McLaren? That would certainly turn the stomachs of an army of Macca fans wouldn’t it?  Let us know your thoughts on teh rumor and if you feel this is a good match or a move backward for Hamilton.

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Hamilton has much to lose in terms of stability–mentally and teamwise. Mercedes has less to lose in trying to bring young, flashy talent to the struggling team the Schumi has struggled with. Lewis’s immaturity and ego are a problem wherever he goes, moreso outside of McLaren because tolerance for his antics will be much lower. Maybe it would force Lewis to grow up, but I would not count on any quick team chemistry or rapid development at Merc, especially considering Michael’s known talent in developing a car with Ross Brawn. A move to Merc just makes no sense to me.… Read more »

Buddyh
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Buddyh

It makes sense for the Hamilton brand. With his star girlfriend at his side the marketing possibilities could possibly make up for a reduced salary. Ex., even when being paid $35 million a year by Ferrari, Schumacher earned more in endorsements. But, what I really want to see is Michael back at Ferrari helping Alonso!

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Record shows that he’s capable of taking a few wins, so he might well replace Hamilton if that move happened.

As for the move: On the one hand, we have “Twitter dust-up”. On the other, we have “Winner!” I’d still be watching this closely. The situation may have changed.

F1 Kitteh
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F1 Kitteh

Be honest, we’ve always wanted to see Rosberg’s telemetry traces, right?

Rapierman
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Rapierman

Me? No. Engineers on the other racing teams? You betcha

ScottyNZ
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ScottyNZ

I think we are more likely to see the telemetry tarces from Schumachers car

Sudha
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Sudha

Hamilton would be crazy to leave McLaren. Mercedes even with the great experience and inputs of Schumacher have struggled to make their mark. Its not the team or the environment Hamilton will thrive in.
He is with the wrong management company, who dont know Zilch about F1, who are steering him in the wrong direction. Hope good sense will prevail !!

ElanKato
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ElanKato

This might not be such a bad thing for both sides. Lewis I feel could do with a bit of a change/reality check and Mclaren could do without the baggage that comes with a driver like Lewis. Reading in this months MOTORSPORT mag Nigel Roebuck talks to Martin Whitmarsh about McLaren contracts which are a standard 50 pages long and one thing he said was quite telling…. “This is our base contract, but depending on who the driver is – and what negotiating power he has – there will be variances, which might run to another 10 pages if it… Read more »

F1Sommelier
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F1Sommelier

God, please let this be true! Him at Mercedes is a reality t.v. show waiting to happen. I can already see the cameras following him and Nicole around. The first episode will be about him realizing that he made a huge mistake, as Nicole tries to convince him that their true destiny lies with the fame and fortune that NASCAR can offer them. The second episode will be about him getting a “Gangsta” tattoo on his neck, and spending time in the studio, as he begins to get his rapping career started under his new name “Lil Hambone”.

Nick
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Nick

LMAO! Comment of the day, for sure.

Rapierman
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Rapierman

You mean it isn’t already with this “Tooned” thing? ;-)

Steve C
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Steve C

Bad move on both parts. McLaren needs Hamilton and Hamiilton needs McLaren.

danfgough
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danfgough

Bottom line, Lewis has always stated that he wants to win multiple championships. The smart money says McLaren will give him a better shot at that than Merc, certainly next season. Therefore no deal.

Plus you have to look at who broke this story. Eddie Jordan talking about anything is on the same level as Bild heralding the entrance of VW!

Tony
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Tony

its stuff and nonsense let out by Hamiltons rumour mill in order to get more favourable terms with McLaren – he aint going anywhere!

Cameron
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Cameron

I think Hamilton would be better at Ferrari. Mercedes has improved their car with the input of Schumacher, but with him gone will they continue to improve? At Ferrari he will have a great car, and probably build a better brand for himself. Mercedes is more of a risky move.

The Captain
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The Captain

Hmm Lewis to Mercedes. If true, this is going to be like watching two friends who everyone knows are going to be an awful disaster together, hook up because they are both on the rebound and their exes are at the party. Your not going to be able to talk then out of it since it’s less about each other than their exes so all you can do is sit back and watch hoping the crazy drama doesn’t show up drunk at your door crying at 3 am. I hope McLeran changes their cell phone number.

RoDe
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RoDe

As a Schumacher fan I would obviously like Schumacher to stay with Merc and stay for next year. Hamilton moving to Merc would be a bad move on his side. I truly think that Mclaren at this point is the better team. I would love to see Schumacher go to Maclaren but that is wishful thinking. He either enters next year with Merc/AMG F1 or he is out for good :( And then there is the chemistry between Hami and Rosberg is there any and will he get the same amount of money he currently gets at Mclaren. I highly… Read more »

JTW
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JTW

Firstly, the talk, and speculation, about Hamilton going to Mercedes, gives Hamilton leverage in talks with McLaren. Of course, the issue with leverage is that it is sometimes called.
I think Joe Saward made a good point that Jordan is a good friend of Mr. Ecclestone, and this could a ploy on Bernie’s part to increase the general buzz around F1. Might be true …. might not.

th3chainrule
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th3chainrule

Massa and Schumacher should switch seats. Everything else should stay the same until the new engines.

Samouri
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Samouri

It looks as if Mclaren are picking up the pace, and Fernando now feels it’s his biggest threat, not Mercedes but the MP4-27. Lewis would be completely……completely out of his mind to give up his seat at Mclaren, and sign on with Mercedes.

JTW
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JTW

I think it is important to remember that everything changes; nothing is constant. Remember when Ferrari, pre Brawn and Schumacher, sucked? Remember when Red Bull didn’t win races, and championships? There is absolutely no chance that the state of the game in 2012 will be the state of the game in 2013, 14, or 15. Will Mercedes be ‘better’ than McLaren next year, or the year after? Perhaps. Perhaps not. At Mercedes, Hamilton would get a newly acquired raft of solid engineering minds, Ross Brawn, and the major funds of an automobile manufacturer. Mercedes would get one of the best… Read more »

Stuart Curtis
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Stuart Curtis

I think this is all contract negotiation gyrations. If Hamilton does sign at Mercedes, it will serve him right.

Jim
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Jim

I don’t really see this happening as long as the Schuminator is in the other car, and he’s not sounding like he’s ready to retire again. I do think they’ve realized that Rosberg isn’t what they hoped he be. Hamilton isn’t going there unless he has a true second driver (Diresta) and a giant a giant spare battery for his phone so he can tweet nonsense non-stop

Bob
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Bob

I have to disagree with most views. You cannot say mercedes would’ve a bad move as you cannot know what team will have the best car next year. This can very easily change, think how bad Honda were in 2008 then to go to world champions in 2009 under the Brawn name. Also if the technical regs arn’t too much different next year to this season then Hamilton comes from a position of knowing a lot technically about his current race winning mclaren and potentially what the next seasons mclaren will be like and he could take this information over… Read more »