Hamilton tipped for success at Mercedes
29 November 2012 – According to his father Anthony, Lewis Hamilton will 'surprise a lot of people' when he moves to Mercedes in 2013. The outgoing McLaren driver is switching teams for the first time in his career, ending a six season spell with the Woking-based squad.
Hamilton, who triumphed on four occasions in 2012, has also been tipped to win at least two races next year, with his father trusting Mercedes' future capabilities.
"We really believe those guys are going to get it together," Hamilton senior explained of the team. "There is a definite passion to come good, and I believe they will do. You don't have such a great car company and such talented people in one place, and now they've the addition of Lewis, without it being a recipe for success.
"I believe in Mercedes, (Team Principal) Ross Brawn and (Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Vice President) Norbert Haug. I believe everybody they need to turn a good team into a great team are all there, and more than anything, I believe in Lewis. I believe Lewis is going to win a minimum of two to three races, and if he doesn't do that then the car really is bad."
Despite the fact that Mercedes tailed off after its Chinese Grand Prix victory in 2012, Hamilton is adamant that his son's decision to join the outfit will ultimately pay off.
"It's going to work," he added of the deal, which ties the 27-year-old to the squad for three seasons. "Mercedes and Lewis are going to surprise a lot of people next year."
Hamilton finished the 2012 campaign in fourth place, scoring 190 points for McLaren. This compared to Mercedes' overall Constructors' total of 142, putting the team fifth.