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Hamilton will have say in Rosberg replacement

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15/12/2016

Having previously said that he will have no say in who replaces Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes in 2017, Lewis Hamilton has now admitted that the German team has a contractual obligation to keep him informed and allow him input.

As the world champions admit that they will now not be in a position to name their second driver until January, Hamilton admits that it is vital to get it right not only in terms of finding a driver who can hit the ground running but who will immediately gel with the team and not cause problems.

"Once they've dwindled it down to five drivers, or whatever it is, the shortlist, contractually they have to discuss with me," he revealed to Channel 4. "But I don't have a say who it is."

In recent days attention has shifted to Valtteri Bottas, a Finn with the same sort of unflappable temperament as countryman, and fellow Iceman, Kimi Raikkonen. However, Fernando Alonso, of whom Hamilton has experience, has also been linked with the German team.

"It is important who we have in the second car," said Hamilton, "it's important for the team's morale.

“We've seen in other teams and times where it can have a poisonous effect on a team, the arch rivalry between drivers. And so for sure that's really important, because I'm really happy here, I love being where I am, and whilst, OK, there’s been some interesting scenarios, we generally always pull through.

"We've got to make sure that whoever we bring is at least as good as what we had, if not better, in terms of creating that energy," he insisted. "I’ve had experiences and divisions in the past which I would strongly advise not, in a team, to have that scenario.

"I’ll drive against every single driver you want, ultimately when they decide, which is their decision, they can put in any driver. They can bring Sebastian, Fernando, bring whoever you really want... I drove against Fernando in my first year, and beat him, so that's not a worry for me. I am happy to drive against any of them. But in terms of what is best for the team, probably not the best idea."

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1. Posted by ZJAY, 17/12/2016 17:30

"Not a fan of neither Lewis nor Alonso, however, Lewis would beat Alonso any day any time. The guy is super fast, I respect that."

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2. Posted by ZJAY, 17/12/2016 17:30

"Not a fan of neither Lewis nor Alonso, however, Lewis would beet Alonso any day any time. The guy is super fast, I respect that."

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3. Posted by Superbird70, 17/12/2016 16:18

""I want Marco Andretti.", LH"

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4. Posted by FormerF1Fan, 17/12/2016 8:57

"I'm presuming that Hamilton's surrogate father, errr, um I mean "handlers" have got him a little more under control since his I'm-not-talking-to-these-*******s-in-the-press moment. So of course he said that he would welcome Alonso back, when in fact the opposite is true. My guess is that Dennis bought in (oops I mean brought in) Alonso originally for the purpose of teaching his wee boy how to set up a F1 car. Hamilton may be a fast driver, but he's never taken to setups, and especially so if they are not allowed to tell him what settings to ut over the radio. Not so Alonso. Quite the opposite. His setup talent allowed him to beat Schumacher fair and square in an inferior car, probably edging Schumi into retirement. "

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5. Posted by Spindoctor, 16/12/2016 10:16

"I bet virtually every top-level driver has a similar clause in the contract. But he merely advises, there's apparently no veto.
I really don't think Hamilton is too bothered about being beaten by his team-mate, but I expect he wants to remain the centre of attention. That's where Alonso, or especially Verstappen would crimp his style...."

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6. Posted by Stitch431, 16/12/2016 0:16

"In his last sentence, where Lewis says "probably not the best idea" He shows that ha has fears they bring on Alonso because he knows Fernando will be able to beat him. Despite waht happened in the past."

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