I was thinking the other day that when you work at a place and your manager changes, most people would consider that a job change. Your manager decides whether you will be promoted, what raise you’ll get, whether you will enjoy working there, and to a large extent your ability and willingness to deliver quality work. If you get along with your manager everything is hunky dory. If you don’t get along with your manager, the rule is to leave asap as you’ll be the one to suffer, not the manager. If in doubt watch Horrible Bosses:-)
I think the corollary applies to Hamilton who effectively did change teams in 2009 joining a new McLaren led by Martin Whitmarsh. The results support that. Under previous management, Lewis managed to clinch 1 WDC and came within a point of another in his rookie season. Over the next 4 years, he’s placed 5th in 2009, 4th in 2010, 5th in 2011 and is currently 4th in 2012.
Alonso was most impressed by Hamilton in 2009 when his car was not competitive but Hamilton still managed to fight.
His performance in 2012 has been outstanding but it’s been marred by the team’s mistakes and reliability issues and yet he’s 4th and out of contention with 4 races to go.
Obviously 4th-5th is the best that Hamilton can do under the new management.
The point I’m making here is that Hamilton is NOT leaving McLaren, McLaren left him in 2009 when the manager changed and he stuck with them for 4 years without a chance of winning the WDC.