'Works support could lure Lewis'
Anthony Davidson believes manufacturer backing when the 2014 engine regulations are introduced could be enough to lure Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes.
By William Esler
Last Updated: 18/09/12 2:12pm
Sky Sports F1 pundit Anthony Davidson believes manufacturer backing when the 2014 engine regulations are introduced could be enough to lure Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes.
McLaren are powered by Mercedes engines having become a customer team for the first time in over two decades when the German marque sold its share in the Woking-based squad in 2010.
According to reports, the financial repercussions of that agreement could be partly responsible for McLaren's reputed unwillingness to match the 2008 World Champion's current deal.
Yet Davidson is adamant that there is far more to Hamilton's reputed interest in transferring to Mercedes than the size of the pay packet on offer.
"I'm not entirely convinced it comes down to financial reasons, I'm sure both teams are sufficiently funded to give him want he wants in that respect," Ant told Sky Sports News.
"But if Mercedes are offering something as a whole package that looks really good for the long term future, then maybe, just maybe that's what is tempting him at this stage.
"I think both sides have time, McLaren and Mercedes, although they would like him to sign for them respectively as individual teams. But I think Lewis is probably in a pretty strong position right now."
Hamilton looked subdued after his dominant win at the Italian Grand Prix last Sunday, but Davidson is sure there is no underlying personal issues between the driver and team.
"Lewis gets on well with everyone in the team as you saw in the last race, he thanked everyone in the team, said what a good job they had done," he added.
"Maybe it just added to the confusion. McLaren are a really good team. They are winning right now, and if you are winning races in the style he did at Monza, it would put a certain element of doubt in your mind."