Mercedes confirm Hamilton signed three-year deal
By Berthold Bouman
Mercedes have confirmed Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year deal with the German Silver Arrows outfit. It was no secret Hamilton was no longer happy at his previous employer, McLaren, and now has finally made the decision to leave.
Hamilton was very happy with his move and is already looking forward to the new challenge that faces him at Mercedes. “It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning which I share,” said the Briton.
But above all, Hamilton is hoping to win many races for his new team, “Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships.”
Nico Rosberg will stay at Mercedes, but has not yet given his comments, but he knows Hamilton very well, as they were team mates at TeamMBM.com in Formula A karting.
Team Principal Ross Brawn was of course happy to have Hamilton in his team. “Looking ahead to 2013, I am delighted to welcome Lewis Hamilton to our team. The arrival of a driver of Lewis’ calibre is a testament to the standing of Mercedes-Benz in Formula One and I am proud that Lewis shares our vision and ambition for the success of the Silver Arrows,” he said.
Hamilton and Rosberg will be a great combination as Brawn commented, “I believe that the combination of Lewis and Nico will be the most dynamic and exciting pairing on the grid next year, and I am looking forward to what we can achieve together.”
And he added, “Over the past three years, we have been putting in place the foundations and building blocks that are needed to compete regularly for the world championship. The potential is now there to match any other team on the grid, which is the minimum standard for a Mercedes-Benz works team. Our task is now to translate that potential into on-track performance for next season and beyond.”
Hamilton will replace seven-times World Champion Michael Schumacher, who is now facing an uncertain future in Formula One. Brawn thanked the German for his contribution to the team, “I would like to thank Michael Schumacher for the important contribution he has made to the growth of our team over the past three seasons.
“His energy and commitment have never wavered, even when results have not matched our own expectations, and we are determined to finish the 2012 season together on a high. As always, it has been a pleasure to work with Michael.”