@raymondu999 – The discussion went a bit further since my last post but I’ll try to clarify a couple of things.
Why should Mercedes just rally themselves around Lewis?
I’m not saying they should and I’m not saying it’s the reasonable thing to do. What I’m saying is that all signs point to the fact that this is exactly how the situation will pan out at Mercedes with Hamilton behind the wheel and this is exactly the kind of expectations Lewis has from the Brawn-led establishment. He is now the superstar in that team and I’m 100% sure he will expect to be treated as such. And I’m sure Mercedes will comply since Hamilton is a VERY expensive asset and he also looks like their last shot at performing at Red Bull, McLaren or Ferrari level. It’s either the WDC title with Lewis or the german management will cut the cord on the F1 project. Mercedes’ main objective at first will be keeping Lewis happy, I reckon.
They need a reason.
Here’s a reason: They just got the closest thing to a WDC title contender one could get his hands on in 2013. And they can’t afford losing him or having him underperform. Again, if Lewis needs the team to form itself around him in order to have results, they will do just that.
I don’t think he signed to have a team “built around him”.
Here we disagree. I truly believe this is exactly the reason why Lewis left McLaren and signed with Mercedes.
Mercedes hired Hamilton so he would hopefully help them up the grid – not help Lewis have his own team.
They could very well think helping Lewis have his own team might just help them up the grid. Help me to help you…you know…
but I don’t think you’re looking at the correct side of the difference.
It might not be the 100% correct side but it’s definitely the more realistic one, I’m afraid. :)
And as far as all the “Hamilton is an “intrinsic” part of Mercedes” thing goes, there’s some truth in it, but it’s mostly PR and walking the line for Brawn and Rosberg. They both know Hamilton will undoubtedly get prefferential treatment at Mercedes. They just won’t parade that in front of the media and the fans.
I’m sure Vettel is also an “intrinsic” part of Red Bull for that matter. :)