Manoah2u wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:27 pm
What's unrealistic about Hamilton @ Aston Martin, to be fair?
Is it more realistic for him to stay @ Mercedes? Sure it is.
That doesn't mean it's impossible. Who would have thought he'd move from Mclaren to 'Merc'. Then that seemed like a silly move. Did happen though!
Who would have thought Alonso would really come back and @ Alpine from all teams.
Again, Aston Martin is essentially a Mercedes 2.0 team.
If Mercedes wants to be scrooge mcduck - not saying they are or will but if - and not pay him what he wants, or give him what he thinks he has the right on or would be correct,
and Stroll jumps on that, and manages to invite over Toto Wolff, some key people, give Hamilton even more than he asked for, get him a platform he craves, then it's really not so odd to concider him going there.
If the issue isn't him being there but rather alongside Vettel, well, what's the thing there?
Yes his son is in that seat, but honestly, Strolly boi will have a 2021 chance on having fun, but he'll no doubt replace Stroll in favour of Hamilton.
Vettel is an aquisation worth to the market, and it's also worth keeping him aboard due to his experience, knowledge, and that he's a WDC.
A combo Hamilton-Vettel is a strong pair, however you put it. A pair that works surely better than Hamilton-Stroll.
Now i don't think it'll happen. However, i also don't think it's something that far out as would be Prost in the seat with an imaginative Senna.
I'm in agreement with Jolle/adrianjordan. Hamilton going to AM just makes no sense for him. By definition while Mercedes is a works team the AM will never be as good a car. Why would he trade down un-necessarily?
He's made enough money to last several lifetimes and he's going to make a hell of a lot more through non racing income after he leaves the sport so there's no money issue, and at Mercedes he's in a far better position to spread the word about his passions, with their corporate might behind him.
It's also a really bad look for Mercedes if he jumps to a customer team and beats them so there is really zero interest for either party to have him depart, but carry on racing. He's accomplished everything there is to in the sport, and he's only going to accomplish more at this time staying where he is.
I'd bet the ONLY team that he'd be interested in driving for is Ferrari. He's not going to spend a few years pootling around picking up top 10 finishes. He's got too many other interests. I think he's done with F1 in the next 2-3 years absolute max. He's not going to want to join a 'project' and he's nothing to prove vs Vettel any more either.
From a Vettel/AM point of view, Hamilton joining would force him (Vettel) out of the sport. Let's be perfectly honest, the only reason Stroll Sr is in the sport is to try and make his son champion, so Jr is not going anywhere at all. He probably wouldn't even get a drive at another team, as all the money he would come with is going to be tied up in AM. If AM seriously wanted the best two drivers at the team, then Perez and Vettel would be the 2021 line up. It's clear the team is built to benefit Lance in the long run. They are just upgrading his partners, rather than the team as a whole.
I seriously doubt they'd be able to afford Vettel and Hamilton at the same time anyway. It would be a foolish financial decision.
It just simply isn't going to happen, for a multitude of reasons. It's an absolute non starter.