Hamilton set for McLaren debut – report

Thu, 22 June 2006, 10:58

Lewis Hamilton will make his F1 debut for McLaren in 2007, according to reports.

‘AS’ newspaper in Spain revealed that the 21-year-old Briton, a standout of the ‘GP2’ season this year and a long-time protégé of Ron Dennis, has now signed a contract to become Fernando Alonso’s silver-clad teammate.

The Spanish report also contends that Pedro de la Rosa, the 35-year-old Catalan, is likely to be retained by the Woking team as a test driver.

News of Hamilton’s arrival, of course, hardens speculation that both Kimi Raikkonen – heading either to Ferrari or Renault – and Juan Pablo Montoya, are set to leave the McLaren camp.

‘AS’ said that 30-year-old Montoya, linked most strongly with a move to Red Bull but also BMW-Sauber, was actually offered the seat alongside Alonso, but he rejected the team’s insistence that he accept a hefty pay cut. gmmf1dailyf1news.com

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