Hamilton: I can speak to Mercedes staff
27 November 2012 – Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he will be able to spend time with Mercedes staff before his McLaren contract officially ends at the close of 2012, with the 27-year-old moving to a new team for the first time in his Formula 1 career.
Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren's Team Principal, is believed to have granted the 2008 World Champion permission to get accustomed to his new environment early.
"I won’t be doing much technical work with Mercedes, but Martin says I am allowed to talk to people," Hamilton is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
Hamilton went on to explain that he expects his public relations workload to be massively reduced at Mercedes, allowing more time for training and preparation.
"I am going to have the biggest holiday I have had in a long, long time," he began to explain. "I look forward to having, like, a third of the PR events that I have here. Maybe even a quarter. To having a bit more time in my life to be able to train and prepare. It will be a new car and a new experience and it is going to be interesting."
Hamilton made his F1 debut with McLaren back in 2007, claiming the aforementioned 2008 world title, 21 wins, a further 39 podiums and 26 pole positions with the team.