Lewis Hamilton caused a few raised eyebrows when he revealed that he would be leaving McLaren to join Mercedes next season. Lewis is a man who loves to be fighting at the front of the field and would continue to do that with McLaren, whereas Mercedes are not in the same league.
Now, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has opened up about the decision by Lewis Hamilton to swap teams. While Martin admits that everybody needs to flee the coop at some point, he also hinted that Hamilton may be leaving for financial reasons.
Whitmarsh explained, “If I were speculating there are a number of factors, and the prime one, I think, is that there comes a time when a man feels he has to flee the nest. I think it was a bit of that and a range of different emotions. He has been with us for so many years that I do not fully understand it.”
He added, “We made Lewis an offer - an offer, which I believe is more money than any other driver at the moment is being paid. That leads us to suspect that our competitor and our partner Mercedes-Benz offered a bit more money. I don't know that, but I think for Lewis made his decision.”
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