Stewart: Lewis should have stayed at McLaren
16 December 2012 – Sir Jackie Stewart sent a warning Lewis Hamilton’s way, as the three-time World Champion fears the former McLaren driver will find life difficult at Mercedes following his much-discussed switch for 2013.
Mercedes hope the arrival of a driver universally recognised to be one of the best in activity will reignite the magic that powered the Michael Schumacher/Ross Brawn pairing to five consecutive titles at Ferrari between 2000 and 2004.
But Stewart fired a warning to the 27-year-old, whose motivations for quitting McLaren reportedly include the inability to cash in on his popularity through personal sponsorship contracts.
“Lewis’s management team will want to prove they can earn him more money with outside things,” said Sir Jackie, 73. “But the more contracts he has, the more work he has to do for them, which takes up time.”
“Schumacher was an entirely different animal,” he explained. “He was completely focussed on F1, it was the only thing in life he did. Lewis has a lot of other pursuits, some no doubt a distraction.”
Stewart’s final words on the matter might prove ominous for Hamilton.
“Lewis should have stayed at McLaren – they are a team that is going to be in motor racing all its life.”