Stewart: McLaren fits Hamilton

Three-time world champion advises Hamilton to stay put

Last Updated: 18/02/12 10:23am

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Sir Jackie Stewart believes Lewis Hamilton would be best advised to stay with McLaren, insisting the team is the ideal fit for the British driver.

After struggling to compete with the dominant Red Bull cars for much of last term, there have long been rumours in the paddock that 2008 world champion Hamilton could look to leave the Woking-based factory with Red Bull a possible destination.

However, Stewart - a three-time world champion himself - feels Hamilton should stay put, insisting he cannot see a more suitable seat for the 27-year-old.

"I think McLaren are one of the best racing teams there's ever been in Formula One, they've got a facility second to none," Stewart told Sky Sports News.

"They've got a huge staff, they've got great knowledge and experience... and have been competitive.

Grass always greener

"At the end of last season Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button could hardly have had a better car to drive - of course it's always greener on the other side of the fence, but where would he go?

"If Mark Webber can demonstrate this season as much as I still think he has in the way of talent, then why would Red Bull want to get rid of Mark Webber when they've got Vettel in that team as well?

"Therefore would he (Hamilton) go to Ferrari? It's a possibility, but would he want to take on Alonso who he had such trouble with when Alonso joined McLaren?

"Things can be mended, things can change, but from my point of view I think Lewis Hamilton fits McLaren very well and I think McLaren fits Lewis Hamilton.

"I think Jenson Button as a team-mate is a very good team-mate to have, I think it's a good duo altogether."

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