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While commercial concerns were the priority for his management, Lewis Hamilton's need to 'leave home' was the key factor in his decision to sign for Mercedes, explains Edd Straw

Leaving home is a seminal moment in any young adult's life. That's exactly what Lewis Hamilton has done by turning his back on McLaren, under whose wing he has been since he was 13.

He's a 27-year-old multi-millionaire now, so he's hardly a callow youth walking out the door to carve his own niche in the world, but the increasingly dysfunctional dynamic that exists between Hamilton and McLaren is a result of a nurturing bond that needed to be broken, for the sake of both sides.

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Author Edd Straw