Stewart: The risk is in Merc leaving

Monday 14th January 2013

Share:

Stewart: The risk is in Merc leaving

Stewart: The risk is in Merc leaving

Sir Jackie Stewart has reiterated his belief that Lewis Hamilton is taking a risk as Mercedes could pull out of F1 at any time.

Mercedes returned to Formula One as a fully fledged works team back in 2010 when the purchased the Championship-winning Brawn GP outfit.

So far, though, their comeback has been anything but successful with Mercedes claiming just one victory in three seasons.

And should they again fail to deliver, Stewart fears that Mercedes' staying-power could be tested which could leave Hamilton without a race-seat.

"I think Ross Brawn is a wonderful man. I think Daimler Benz is one of the greatest companies in the history of motorsport," Stewart told Autosport

"But they have to win. The Silver Arrow has to win.

"Whether it was Stirling Moss and [Juan Manuel] Fangio, whether it was [Rudolf] Caracciola and the other great drivers of the thirties, when Mercedes were in the sport they had to win.

"And if they don't win, they get out.

"That's the risk. If for whatever reason, they do not win, it's a five-minute board meeting decision with a bunch of people on the board who are not passionate about motorsport.

"They like the results if they win. If they don't win, it's yesterday. And that takes five minutes.

"If you were looking at it in a conservative fashion, you'd say 'I've got to stick with McLaren because I know they're always going to be racers'. They will never be out of motor racing."

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Hungary

Winners & Losers: Hungary

Another epic race with Lewis Hamilton oh-so close to the greatest Formula 1 comeback of all time...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...