Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world champion, and controversy just cannot be separated, as now Anthony Hamilton seems to make enough suggestions that the team had enough of McLaren and would be looking for another driver. Now we have to admit one thing, the recent controversy over the whole incident in the Australian GP involves both Hamilton and McLaren. Blaming McLaren alone is not fair. Yes, McLaren could have made Hamilton behave in that way, but still, Hamilton should not have lied to the stewards.
The same McLaren gave Hamilton a drive even when he was a rookie, and supported him to the end when they decided it was better to back a rookie rather than back a former two-time champion. I guess McLaren would have to rue the fact that they missed Alonso and even more cribbing that potentially could have had the dream team of Alonso and Kimi driving for them now, rather than have Hamilton, who thinks he is God’s gift to motor sport. Hamilton has to realize that he cannot win, or even challenge, for the world championship every year.
Recently, there were some rumours that Mercedes may also pull off the McLaren project because they had enough of the bad press. With Brawn running with a custom engine that is possibly the fastest car this season, it could go on and win both the titles in his debut season. An ideal scenario for Brawn is to make Brawn its works team and McLaren for sure knows a lot about it. In the '80s, Honda switched from Williams to McLaren and they should know that through Williams, especially after its deal with BMW, that they too could forge a partnership like the McLaren-Mercedes. But one day BMW just pulled the plug.
In F1, things may just happen before you even realize. Who would have thought Honda could bail out in the last minute or Brawn just a month ago, not even sure of fielding a team, but now having a package that could lead to a world championship? If this Hamilton crisis escalates, McLaren should be bold enough to fire the ego-maniacal driver and hire Nico Rosberg, who is more talented, if not even better than the Brit, plus a driver with German heritage would also please Mercedes. This season may just lead to all sorts of new possibilities.
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