Hamilton aware that Mercedes are behind
4 October 2012 – Lewis Hamilton claims he is fully aware that his switch to Mercedes will not be an easy route to success, but believes the move will revitalise his Formula 1 career. The 2008 World Champion will relocate after six seasons and 15 years as part of McLaren.
“Not really,” he said when asked if the Mercedes move is a gamble. “I have had an incredible journey with McLaren and was 13 when I signed for them. In the end I had two very similar offers on the table but one was a lot more exciting and just a challenge.
“I have worked really hard to develop the car I have now and that will be a championship-challenger next year. But we (Mercedes) will work very hard to have a better year next year. Things take time, but my focus is more long-term.”
Hamilton was signed at McLaren by former Team Principal Ron Dennis, to whom he had introduced himself when at the Autosport Awards ceremony as a child. He now reveals that the pair are yet to talk since the Mercedes deal was confirmed.
“We haven’t spoken about it,” Hamilton begins to sum up. “He spoke to me in Singapore and that was about it. We haven’t spoken since.”
As Jenson Button is joined as McLaren by Sergio Pérez next year, Hamilton will partner former karting team-mate Nico Rosberg as he begins his three-year Mercedes deal.