London — McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Lewis Hamilton has already had regrets about his move to Mercedes.
Report by BBCSport
Whitmarsh said he did “not fully understand” the reasons behind Hamilton’s decision to join a less competitive team.
“I think he has on occasions [regretted it],” Whitmarsh said.
He said he felt Hamilton’s decision was motivated by a desire to “flee the nest” and that he suspected Mercedes offered him more money.
The remarks came in a wide-ranging interview with the official Formula 1 website.
Whitmarsh said he believed wanting to move on from a team Hamilton has been part of since he was 13 was his “prime” motive for leaving McLaren.
“If I were speculating there are a number of factors, and the prime one, I think, is that there comes a time when a man feels he has to flee the nest,” Whitmarsh said.