A lot of people spoke with surprise this year about how Lewis Hamilton had chosen to leave McLaren for Mercedes after his entire career from childhood up was nurtured under the McLaren roof, with money and support from the team even in go-karting. My theory had mostly to do with Hamilton growing up and needing to move to a new home. Today Autosport.com has continued its year-end stories providing quotes from some F1 drivers, with Sebastian Vettel being quoted from some point in the year about why he is staying at Red Bull, where he had been nurtured also since he was a teenager:
"I've been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career," Vettel said. "It is difficult to imagine another kid of life if you are so used to it. It would be like when you turn 18, 19 and move out of your family's home. I am very happy where I am right now and I don't want to move to anywhere else."
I think that quote sums up perfectly why Hamilton, who will turn 28 in a week, has left McLaren. Vettel, who this year became the youngest three-time drivers' champion, is still just 25.