London: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that Lewis Hamilton was ready to turn his back on McLaren and walk out of the Woking-based team.
Ecclestone believes that only a succession of victories has delayed what could yet be a shock split.
“I don`t think Hamilton knows what he will do. These last couple or three races, he`s been doing very well. Before that he was upset,” a daily quoted Ecclestone, as saying.
"He was definitely going to move, no matter what. He had made up his mind he was going. Whether he has changed now a little bit, I don`t know,” he added.
According to the report, on holiday in Asia, Hamilton is only days away from putting an end to the saga. Both McLaren and Mercedes want a decision before the double-header in Japan and Korea in 10 days` time.
McLaren`s relationship with Hamilton was ruined following ruthless terms of negotiations in his contract. Apparently, McLaren`s initial offer was so low, it left the 27-year-old disillusioned and on the brink of quitting the team he once loved.
Mercedes, realising his unhappiness at McLaren, then seized on their chance and are thought to have offered Hamilton a contract worth upto 100 pounds plus bonuses.
A decision over Hamilton’s move or stay is expected this week.