Mercedes speed not a worry for Hamilton
1 November 2012 – Lewis Hamilton claims he is not worried by Mercedes’ current lack of competitiveness in Formula 1, with the silver arrows having now failed to score for three consecutive race. In 2013, the Englishman will switch team for the first time since entering F1 in 2007.
Next year, the Champion of 2008 will join former karting team-mate Nico Rosberg, replacing Michael Schumacher who moves into retirement for the second time.
“I’m very happy with the decision I’ve made and it (Mercedes’ current form) doesn’t reflect on it,” Hamilton said at Yas Marina on Thursday. “Sometimes people can lose their way; in the past, we (McLaren) have struggled as well. It makes me more driven to succeed. So far I haven’t really focused on Mercedes to really see what their problems are.
“I know how big it was (the decision to move). I really, really thought hard about it and could see how big it was going to be. Perhaps it’s a growing thing, but I’m excited about it.”
At present, Mercedes sits fifth in the Constructors’ Championship with less than 45 percent of McLaren’s points. The latter is now the reduced margin of ten points behind Ferrari for second position, having fallen behind the Maranello squad in Korea.