Rumors have been swirling around the Formula One paddock for quite some time, but now it seems that what could be 'the move' of the year, if not the decade, is going to be announced on Friday: McLaren long-time super star would move to Mercedes. The deal would be a three-year one and would reportedly be worth $100 million (yes, one hundred).
Hamilton would replace seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher whose comeback never really gave the expected results, despite some interesting performances. The German über champion would either retire for good in his Swiss castle, or else remain with Mercedes in a consultant or ambassadorial role. Another theory is that he might go to McLaren to take Hamilton's seat, which would be an even more extraordinary twist of event.
Other replacement drivers for Hamilton at McLaren are new Formula whiz kid Sergio Perez, as well as long-time Mercedes boys-on-standby Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg.
Earlier on Thursday night in Germany, Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said, "Michael has been a huge asset to the team, he's really taken us forward. I do think Michael contributes an awful lot, so I think the decision for Michael to stay or not continue is a difficult one."
Stay tuned as Motorsport.com will closely follow this story in the next couple of hours as morning breaks in Stuttgart, Germany.