Bernie Ecclestone backs Lewis Hamilton's switch to Mercedes
Bernie Ecclestone feels Lewis Hamilton will serve as an inspiration to Mercedes when he joins the German manufacturing giant next year.
Hamilton caused a sensation when he announced last month he would be quitting McLaren at the end of this season after 14 years with the team, replacing seven-time champion Michael Schumacher at Mercedes.
The 27-year-old has signed a three-year, £15million-per-season deal with a team that has only won one race since returning to Formula One at the start of 2010.
Hamilton has claimed he wants a new challenge, whilst Mercedes may finally have found the final piece of their jigsaw in their bid to become a title-challenging team.
Asked for his thoughts on Hamilton's move, F1 boss Ecclestone said: "I think it's good for Mercedes.
"If they are really going to get their act together they need someone like Lewis who is going to do a bit of inspiring for people that want to go and work there.
"Nobody wants to work for a team that doesn't look as if it is doing well, but now maybe they will.
"I think Lewis' name is a stamp of good housekeeping, which is what everyone expected of Michael."
Ecclestone, meanwhile, believes McLaren were also right to bring in 22-year-old Mexican Sergio Perez from Sauber to replace Hamilton.
"I probably would have done what they (McLaren) have done," said Ecclestone, who turns 82 on Sunday.
As for a mooted return to Mexico, that would appear to be some way off, especially as the suggested venue is the old Hermanos Rodriguez circuit that last staged F1 in 1992
"They are trying to get us to do a race there," said Ecclestone, who has confirmed it will not be replacing the grand prix in New Jersey that was scheduled for next year, but has been put back to 2014.
"Next year is too soon. They haven't got a circuit that's ready."
Asked about the Hermanos Rodriguez track, Ecclestone added: "That's the problem. It's the old one. It just needs sorting out a bit."
Three weeks ago as I drove off the Eurostar, I remember thinking what a very long time it was until ...
by Martin Ayres
23 May 2013 05:29 PM
McDowell did brilliantly to land the World Match Play title in Bulgaria last week, but it’s a format...
by Gareth Purnell
23 May 2013 09:13 AM
Wow - what a weekend for British Motorcycle racing!
by Luke Wilkins
22 May 2013 05:00 AM
David Moyes delighted after Rio Ferdinand agrees to stay at Manchester United with new one-year contract
On-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois still believes in Chelsea youth policy
After racist remark, Sergio Garcia fights for reputation as Tiger Woods slams 'hurtful' fried chicken joke
Manuel Pellegrini must decide on futures of Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott as Manchester City name starting date for new manager
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll delays over West Ham move
- 1 Man and woman arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder victim of Woolwich machete attack, named as Drummer Lee Rigby
- 2 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 4 Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.