'Hamilton's move to Mercedes not too clever', says F1 legend Stirling Moss
Racing legend Stirling Moss believes Lewis Hamilton may have made a mistake swapping McLaren for Mercedes, and said that the German-owned outfit of today cannot be compared with the legendary team of the post-War era.
Hamilton's decision to quit McLaren and gamble on the "fresh challenge" offered by Mercedes GP, now based at Brackley, has generated huge interest, splitting fans roughly down the middle in terms of the wisdom of the move.
Moss, who raced alongside Argentina's five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio before Mercedes-Benz pulled out of motor racing following the 1955 Le Mans tragedy, said that he could not understand Hamilton's decision.
"When I had the chance back then I grabbed it because I thought [Mercedes] were the best team at the time," the 83 year-old told The Telegraph.
"Nowadays, I think other teams are better. Driving for Mercedes today is quite a different thing to back in those days. I don't know that you can really compare the two. There is no Alfred Neubauer [team manager], no Fangio," he added.
Moss, who never won the world championship after his gentlemanly conduct helped Mike Hawthorn to pip him to the 1958 title by a point, conceded that he did not know whether Hamilton's relationship with McLaren was such that he felt compelled to move.
"I think that may be the case, although I cannot say for sure as so much happens behind closed doors. But I really think that if I was a driver now, I would have preferred to have gone to Ferrari," he said.
"With Fernando Alonso, they would be two really powerful drivers. I thought Fangio and me were a pretty good pairing. Of course, I don't know whether Alonso would have wanted him there. But that's what I would have done," he added.