Former triple time world champion Jackie Stewart says that Lewis Hamilton taking a long-term risk by moving to German engine manufacturer Mercedes.
The Scottish speedy added that Mercedes is one of the greatest companies in the history of motorsport, but they have to win. The Silver Arrow has to win.
Following six season F1 battle with McLaren, Hamilton took 21 race victories and one World title. The Brit is moving to Mercedes this season having signed with a three-year deal.
“I think Ross Brawn is a wonderful man. I think Daimler Benz is one of the greatest companies in the history of motorsport, but they have to win. The Silver Arrow has to win.” Stewart told Autosport.
“Whether it was Stirling Moss and [Juan Manuel] Fangio, whether it was [Rudolf] Caracciola and the other great drivers of the thirties, when Mercedes were in the sport they had to win. And if they don’t win, they get out.
“That’s the risk. If for whatever reason, they do not win, it’s a five-minute board meeting decision with a bunch of people on the board who are not passionate about motorsport.”
“They like the results if they win. If they don’t win, it’s yesterday. And that takes five minutes. If you were looking at it in a conservative fashion, you’d say ‘I’ve got to stick with McLaren because I know they’re always going to be racers’. They will never be out of motor racing.”
“When he’s on form, he is the quickest,” said the legendary Scot. “But [his ability] to do it consistently is not yet there.”