Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of the 2018 season. With Mercedes yet to offer Lewis a contract, McLaren are smelling a Hamilton reunion. McLaren CEO Zak Brown said that Lewis would be welcomed back to McLaren with open arms.
Hamilton made his F1 debut with the team a decade ago. He left McLaren in 2012 for greener pastures, namely Mercedes. He won three world titles with the German outfit adding to the 2008 championship he won with McLaren.
The reigning world champion has not penned a new deal with the Silver Arrows and McLaren are waiting to pounce. Brown said, “Lewis has history here. He is an unbelievable driver. There isn’t a team in the pit lane that would not be interested in having Lewis drive for them, us included. If anyone got Lewis, it would be great for the team.”
Mercedes are confident that Hamilton will sign a new deal, but the situation is being monitored’ by McLaren. Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said, “Lewis has become such an important pillar within the team that it is a no-brainer that we continue with each other. The discussions are ongoing and very positive. It is just a matter of time before we seal it and put a signature to the document.”
The Hamilton reunion with McLaren could pit him against Fernando Alonso one more time. The last time the two drove alongside each other was in 2007, and that experiment threatened to rip McLaren asunder. This time, Brown is sure that the pair’s history would not be a stumbling block for Alonso and Hamilton becoming team-mates again.
“I think Fernando would race anybody,’ said Brown. “I have never had a single conversation with him about anything other than himself”. Will an Alonso-Hamilton partnership work this time around or will Mercedes get the message and speed up the contract negotiations?