Hamilton: I know Mercedes will succeed
4 February 2013 – Lewis Hamilton is adamant that although it will be a challenging process, the Mercedes Formula 1 team will taste championship success in future seasons. The British driver, who moved from rivals McLaren to partner Nico Rosberg at the outfit, says he is excited to be playing 'a big part' in a new era for the Silver Arrows.
"It's the start of a new chapter for me, a new adventure, and when I walked through the doors in Brackley, I was so excited to get down to work," said Hamilton, who turned 28 last month. "I've been at the factory for a few days now, getting to know the guys, meeting my mechanics and engineers, learning myself into the team and I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one.
"I have worked with Mercedes-Benz for a very long time, and I learned one thing most of all: Mercedes-Benz doesn't know how to lose. We are playing a long game but I know we will have success and I'm excited to be a big part of making it happen."
Hamilton completed his first laps behind the wheel of the new Mercedes F1 W04 chassis at Jerez on Monday afternoon, soon after the car was officially launched.