Should I stay, or should I go now?
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Should I stay, or should I go now?

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As speculation mounts that Lewis Hamilton may switch from McLaren to Mercedes for 2013, Edd Straw considers the 2008 world champion's options and explains why it is no simple choice

Amid intense speculation about Lewis Hamilton's choice of team next season, the 2008 world champion was asked a simple question in today's press conference by Ian Parkes of the Press Association: "What would be the attraction, the positives in joining a team like Mercedes?"

It's a pertinent question right now, as it has been known for some time that Mercedes was on the radar for Hamilton. Of course, the man himself batted it away, saying "I have no idea, I've not really thought about it," but it's eminently clear that he will have put a lot of consideration into his destination for 2013.

As it stands, it has not yet been finalised, but the idea of moving from the team that has won the last two grands prix to one that hasn't managed better than seventh since June sounds pretty stupid on the surface.

But for all the negatives, there are some valid reasons why he should seriously consider Mercedes.

So now is the perfect time to put ourselves in Lewis's shoes and have a good think about the pros and the cons of becoming the first British driver to race for the Silver Arrows works team in Formula 1 since Stirling Moss.

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