This makes sense. I actually had the same thoughts earlier today, before seeing the BBC article.
It is clear that Lewis’ relationship with McLaren is very difficult at the moment. The infamous tweet and the following comments by the other team members clearly indicate that. I don’t believe that Paddy Lowe himself really believes that Lewis ‘didn’t really appreciate the nature of that information’. He’s a 27-year old F1 world champion, not a Formula Ford rookie, who doesn’t understand the sensitiveness of telemetry data. Because of the same reason, Martin Whitmarsh’s admission that ‘some things he is yet to learn’ only makes Hamilton look worse if it makes any sense at all.
Hamilton is obviously frustrated with the situation he currently finds himself in. I don’t think that the decision to leave McLaren has been a foregone conclusion for a long time (perhaps it still isn’t decided). But it is very likely that McLaren’s refusal to pay him as much as he wants and disagreement on the other clauses in the potential contract such as the maturity of it, combined with the team’s struggles this year and Hamilton’s own bad luck have lead to a dead end in the agreement talks.
If that is the case, then where can Hamilton go? If Schumacher really leaves Mercedes, then this is a no-brainer. There is no other team that both would be ready to take Hamilton and could give him better chances to fight for victories. Hamilton should go there, hope for the best and probably wait for better opportunities to come, such as a seat at RBR in 2014.
I am pretty sure that if Schumacher retires and Hamilton moves to Mercedes, then this will be only good for F1.