Hamilton: Podiums the target next season
9 December 2012 – Soon-to-be Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has set his sights on achieving podium finishes in his maiden season at the Silver Arrows, with the 2008 World Champion switching to the Brackley-based squad after a six-year spell at McLaren.
Hamilton, who was speaking at the Paqpaqli ghall-Istrina motoring event at the Malta International Airport, said that although winning the title may not be possible next year, major rule changes in 2014 will present Mercedes with a massive opportunity.
"Everyone has to have a change," Hamilton explained to local media, before completing a demonstration run in McLaren's MP4-26. "It is about growing, doing something different and learning to communicate with new people. I know what I am doing.
"We all have to take risks in life. The target next year has to be podium finishes."
Last month, Hamilton's father Anthony explained that he is expecting a minimum of two race victories in 2013, tipping his 27-year-old son to 'surprise a lot of people'.
Hamilton will partner former karting team-mate Nico Rosberg at Mercedes in 2013.