JHS18, on 01 June 2012 - 11:04 PM, said:
I think there's more chance of hell freezing over than Lewis Hamilton quitting McLaren mid season. Unless he does as Juan, by taking Jenson off at the first corner of a race and then quitting to go race in NASCAR after having a secret agreement with Chip Ganassi all along. That'd be cool.
I'm telling you, the NASCAR thing is honestly plausible (not likely) despite the humor in it.
To put it candidly, NASCAR (not a team, not a sponsor, NASCAR) would pay any talented black driver tens and tens and tens of millions on top of salary, endorsements, etc. They'd do anything to get a high-profile black athlete, especially when you read things like this: http://www.ebony.com...scar-was-black
Those articles...NASCAR wants them gone. They would do so much to get Hamilton here for that reason and that's just reality, sorry, that's reality and anyone in NASCAR would confirm that to you.
And for Hamilton, he'd get to be an absolute superstar in the American media, while getting to live with Nicole, who lives in and is based in the U.S., and making a ton of money. Hamilton's team does a lot of inquiries in the U.S. about raising his profile and brand here; it's a market they seemingly care about. If he's successful, he gets a lot of glory for doing something so few do in the modern-day: successfully transitioning to another discipline in racing. He'd also get away from a lot of the stuff that's seemingly making him sour with McLaren and his complaints in the past about FIA stewards and all that. Do those temptations, and the money, the money he'd be making (more than F1, easily), outweigh being in and being competitive in Formula One to someone who has had that as an ambition his whole life? No, not at all.
So was any of that worth reading? No.
Will any of it happen? No.
But I can see him in NASCAR a lot easier than I can see him at half the F1 teams he's linked to. If NASCAR were a little more important on the world stage and a little more glamorous than it is now, he'd do it, but right now, no, I doubt it compares to F1 for someone that young and talented, at least not yet.