Hamilton considering switch

2011-04-09 07:41

Sepang, Malaysia – Britain’s Lewis Hamilton today insisted a move from McLaren to Red Bull “can work”, and he said he would be happy to operate alongside reigning world champion Sebastien Vettel.

The 2008 champion has been strongly linked with a move following the recent announcement of his new management deal with the XIX Entertainment agency run by celebrity svengali Simon Fuller.

Fuller also manages Hollywood star Michael Caine, former England football captain David Beckham and tennis player Andy Murray.

Hamilton, who spent a year deciding on a new manager after separating from his father Anthony as his manager, said a deal with constructors’ champions Red Bull, to succeed Australian Mark Webber (34) would work “in theory”.

“It can work. You saw me and (former McLaren team-mate) Fernando (Alonso): we were very competitive. You see me and (current team-mate) Jenson (Button), so world champions can definitely race together as long as there is equality in the team.

“There is definitely not that at a couple of the teams around us. At my team you will probably see the most equality out of all the teams.”

The likelihood of such a pairing was played down by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, but Hamilton said he only did this to defend his current drivers.

“The only reason I would imagine that he (Horner) would suggest that is because certain individuals don’t like being beaten. Some individuals can take it. Some people are better losers or better winners. So it is just dependant,” he said.

“In this team, when Jenson beats me I take it on the chin and think, ’Next time I am going to beat him.’ When I beat him, he doesn’t whinge and say: ‘Oh, Lewis has a better car than me or Lewis did this and I did that.’

“There is none of that here, it is very equal. In some places you can imagine it could be different. I never have any complaints. If a guy beats me it is because he has done a better job.”

Hamilton topped the times for McLaren in Saturday’s third and final practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, producing a fastest lap of one minute and 36.340 seconds to outpace nearest rival Webber by two-tenths of a second.

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