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Old September 28 2012, 05:36 PM   #142
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Re: F1 2012 Championship Thread

Lonemagpie wrote: View Post
I think Hamilton's missing a trick by moving now instead of waiting till next year when there are all the new rules and stuff...
I thought that at first, but the likelihood is that the team will begin the design process for the 2014 car sometime during the second half of the 2013 season. It would make sense for Hamilton to be able to influence its creation from the start, rather than have to make changes once the 2013 season ended and Hamilton moved from McLaren to Mercedes in the alternative hypothetical scenario.

Don't get me wrong, I still think Hamilton's made a silly move here, but if he and Mercedes really genuinely do think that the rule changes for 2014 will create a title-winning opportunity, then having Hamilton in place during the 2013 season would offer a better chance of optimising the design process for that 2014 car.
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