September 27, 2012
Hamilton to Mercedes, Perez to Mclaren
In the biggest Formula 1 drivers market shift since Fernando Alonso left Mclaren, Lewis Hamilton is expected to announce his move to AMG Mercedes F1 with a reported 3 year, $100 million deal. Replacing him as team mate to Jenson Button will be Sergio Perez.
Now the inevitable questions: who will be with Lewis at Mercedes? Schumacher? If so, where will Rosberg go, Ferrari as rumored or will Maranello really keep Massa?
I can't imagine Rosberg would take a one year deal.... in the meantime, Jaime Alguersauri has been telling everyone who will listen he's sure to be back in F1 in 2013....
Keep in mind Petrov has said his sponsorship money has dried up and that Senna's seat at Williams is not too stable.
Mercedes was the last holdout for the new Concorde agreement, one wonders if Mr. E had a hand in all this, Mercedes stays if they can get one of the biggest stars in racing and such a dramatic shift, from the team that raised him from a child to World Champion is sure to create a new storyline for the F1 reality show.
Pass the popcorn.
UPDATE: with the official announcement today, we know Schumacher will be leaving Mercedes. It's likely he will just retire again but that does not stop the rumor mill, my favorite so far? It has to be Button to Ferrari with di Resta at Mclaren, Massa at Sauder and Alguersauri at Force India.... what next, Santa Claus at Caterham?