Kovalainen urges Hamilton to stay at McLaren

Tuesday 18th September 2012, 19:13 by Ryan Wood 

Caterham F1 Team

Lewis Hamilton's former team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, has urged the 27-year-old to stay with McLaren amid speculation he is considering a move to Mercedes.

The Finn raced with Hamilton at McLaren for two years (2008, 2009), and says the team offers the 2008-world champion his best shot at title glory.

"If I was him, I would stay there," Kovalainen told the Mail Online.

"McLaren is a great, great team and every year they are there or thereabouts and if they have some difficulties they are able to come back," he added.

"I know from my experience there that they have great facilities and great people and they have all the ingredients to win a lot of races."

Whilst Kovalainen believes McLaren is just one in a very small handful of teams capable of winning, he understands the need for change.

"It will be difficult for him to find a better team. There are not a lot of better places than McLaren in terms of history, facilities, stability and budget.

"But in the end it is Lewis' decision and sometimes you might feel like you need a change."

Kovalainen, who is rumoured to be in line to replace Hamilton should he join Mercedes, says his future is uncertain, insisting he "doesn't know" where he will be in 2013.

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