F1: Hamilton out to bring back the glory days at Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton broke his self-imposed silence to offer reasons behind his impending move from McLaren to Mercedes, describing it as the "toughest decision" of his career but ultimately one that he felt compelled to make.
Hamilton poured forth on every aspect of the saga, admitting he had "swung like a pendulum" back and forth as he weighed up the pros and cons, revealing he finally made up his mind for good while lounging pool-side in Thailand and confessing, intriguingly, that he had yet to hear from Ron Dennis, McLaren's executive chairman and the man who oversaw his rise from preternatural karting talent to Formula One world champion.
"It has been very, very stressful," Hamilton said. "It was a little bit like a pendulum because one moment I would think, 'Let's go for it', the next I would think 'I'm going to stay'.
"There was no unrest with McLaren. They are an incredible team. They've got everything, really, so in fact they should be winning more.
"It was about Mercedes, a team which has not been that successful over the last couple of years. I know some of the greats have gone from a great car to not such a great car and have helped to develop a winning team. Michael Schumacher, for instance, went from being a world champion to Ferrari.
"We haven't really got any other driver in Formula One who is known for that. I hope that one day someone can say that about me." (© Daily Telegraph, London)