Hamilton: I'm loving life at Mercedes so far
11 February 2013 – Lewis Hamilton says his time at new employers Mercedes has been thoroughly enjoyable so far, dispelling suggestions that he is regretting his move from rivals McLaren. The 2008 World Champion, who has signed a three-year deal with the Silver Arrows, is relishing the experience of working in a completely new environment.
"So far I am loving it here," Hamilton explained to the official Formula 1 website. "The team is great. Everybody is so welcoming and it feels fantastic to work with a new group of people. I honestly feel that this could be a place for me to grow something new."
Hamilton, who drove the team's new F1 W04 chassis for the first time at the opening Jerez pre-season test last week, added that the wide range of comments over his move, made by former Grand Prix drivers and those currently involved in the sport, do not affect him.
"No, that didn’t surprise me," Hamilton replied when asked if the flurry of remarks came as a surprise. "That’s how people are. Whenever there is something coming up some people feel the right to make their comments. That doesn’t really bother me."
Hamilton will be back in action at the Circuit de Catalunya later this month, with the second pre-season test of the year taking place at the venue from 19-22 February.