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Stewart: Hamilton takes a risk moving to Mercedes

Former triple time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart says that Lewis Hamilton is taking a risk joining Mercedes, but the 2008 world champion vowed that he need build up F1 career with Merc.

Last September mutually Hamilton and McLaren decided to end 14-year relationship. Upcoming season Mexican Sergio Perez is being lined up to replace Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.

Many Formula 1 key people believes that Hamilton made a wrong choice to moving Mercedes. Following the move McLaren team Principal Martin Whitmarsh says that he hopes Hamilton thinks he’s made an awful mistake. Also his ex team-mate Jenson Button quotes Hamilton has made the wrong decision in deciding to leave McLaren for Mercedes.

“It’s a risk. McLaren are in the business of Formula One. Major carmakers come and go. There’s a risk if the Silver Arrows are not successful, it’s just a five-minute board decision [to cancel the programme].” Stewart told Metro.

“Maybe it’s a risk worth taking, and I do understand Lewis’ psyche. There’s an element of him wanting to grow up, he’s no longer a little boy in karting. In some areas he felt that’s how he was treated [at McLaren]. It’s an emotional decision but it may not prove to be the right one.”

“I thought Fernando Alonso performed exceptionally all year, given his Ferrari was not particularly competitive.” He added.

“However, you have to say [Red Bull’s chief technical officer] Adrian Newey and Sebastian Vettel were the best package. I would have been happy with either winner.”

Stewart also highlights that Kimi Raikkonen’s Abu Dhabi GP victory was the best of 2012 Formula 1.


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