Williams tells McLaren to sign Hamilton

Wed, 4 October 2006, 02:06

Sir Frank Williams has advised fellow formula one team principal Ron Dennis to not hesitate in signing GP2 champion and McLaren protégé Lewis Hamilton for the 2007 season.

He said: ”All I can say is that I have not had one regret about putting Nico (Rosberg) in our car this year straight from GP2,” said Williams, referring to Hamilton’s title winning predecessor.

21-year-old Briton Hamilton dominated this year’s F1 support category, but McLaren has dithered in confirming him as Fernando Alonso’s new teammate.

Williams, who in the past also gave Jacques Villeneuve (1997) and Jenson Button their F1 debuts, described Hamilton in a column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper as ‘outstanding’ this season.

The 64-year-old team co-owner continued: ”If I were Ron I would have no hesitation in putting him in the car.

”There is another benefit, too. These young drivers bring the costs down (even though) they will be ratcheted up in the years ahead, of course.”


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