Updated: 04/10/2012 11:23 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton makes Mercedes move

Lewis Hamilton, pictured, will replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes next year

Lewis Hamilton, pictured, will replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes next year

Lewis Hamilton will join Mercedes from next season on a three-year contract.

The decision to leave McLaren after a 14-year association with the team has been described by one source close to Hamilton as "the toughest of his career".

The 27-year-old replaces Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, with the 43-year-old seven-times champion now likely to retire from Formula One for a second time.

Hamilton said: "It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing for the Mercedes Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning, which I share.

"Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships."

McLaren announced earlier on Friday morning that Sergio Perez would be their replacement for Hamilton, the 22-year-old Mexican signing a multi-year contract with the Woking-based marque.

But it is Hamilton's switch which will send shockwaves through F1 as he now teams up with close friend Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said: "I am delighted to welcome Lewis Hamilton to our team. The arrival of a driver of Lewis's calibre is a testament to the standing of Mercedes-Benz in Formula One and I am proud Lewis shares our vision and ambition for the success of the Silver Arrows.

"I believe the combination of Lewis and Nico will be the most dynamic and exciting pairing on the grid next year, and I am looking forward to what we can achieve together."

As for Schumacher, his future is unclear, but he said: "I have had three nice years with the team which unfortunately did not go as well as we all would have wanted on the sporting side. I wish Lewis well and for the team to achieve the success we worked so hard for in the build-up."

28/09/2012 11:25

Well i cannot say im not disappointed at lewis`s decision, But i do wish him luck at mercedes and i`m sure he`ll be a damn sight better than mr schumacher.


           But mclaren get sergio perez so all`s not lost as he is a very good driver who`s not afraid to have a go......

28/09/2012 14:05
I will carry on supporting lewis although it is a shame to see him leave maclaren after so long!
this by no means strays me away from supporting maclaren i will still be watching their progress,keep going jensen!

28/09/2012 11:16
I will still support Maclaren but I will also be supporting Lewis and wish him all the best for the new season.
28/09/2012 13:46
Just good luck to the lad and thx for the best you brought for McLaren. Saying that, I'd like to point out this fact. Have people forgotten what Lewis did on his debut-year, as a rookie? Right at the same age Perez is now. That year alone he won races inside a car as good as the one Perez is driving at the moment, and finished 2nd or 3rd best driver in the drivers championship! His achievements with McLaren will undoubtedly be hard to match up. Given the right race conditions, there are a number of cars which can now challenge the big guns. Sauber, Renault, force India, and Williams are leading a pack of visionary constructors, and I also do believe that Mercedes fits into this group, fair and square. Go for it, son!
29/09/2012 10:09
Well done young man and we all should support you wherever you go. Life is funny as no one works for nothing and if someone is going to pay you a bit more money to do the job that you loves then it is easy to move from one company to another.
28/09/2012 11:48
hammy u plum hope the 15 mil a yr takes the sting out of losin
28/09/2012 14:02


Mclaren brought you into F1 BUT, the MISTAKES and PROBLEMS  ARE UNSUMONTABLE,  people seem to forget. It started from your maiden year with ALONZO, which you almost won the CHAMPIONSHIP, TIL NOW.  I wish you could have got  a TEAM like FERRARI. I wish you STAYED, but if you were to leave, why not get a place in  FERRARI?????????  Everything  could have been  possible.

Am very SHAKY with a GERMAN TEAM.

29/09/2012 21:22
Shocker! It will take time to build a Mercedes that will challenge for the championship, Lewis may well be playing catch-up for a couple of seasons. Maybe he feels a bit stale after 14years at McClaren, to suggest he's gone for the money is a bit 'tabloid press', I mean he's already a multi-millionaire, how many boats, cars and houses can one man buy?? Best of luck Lewis, Brawn could bring out the best of him again. I'll still be rooting for for Jenson and McClaren though. So h'es moved from a British team with a German engine to a German team with a German engine, but in an age when Rolls Royces are designed and built in Germany these things are becoming irrelevant.
05/10/2012 18:29
The sooner he goes the better for McLaren, they will now have a much better driver line-up, while Mercedes will go backwards as far as driver input for developing the car goes. Hamilton has again proved he cannot be trusted when he released the telemetry details a few races back. McLaren should let him go now and give his seat to the test driver for the remaining races.
30/09/2012 10:44
Shame Shuey is retiring. I like Hamilton and wish him every success with M-B but also wish he would lose the studs in his ear lobes as it makes him look loke a bit of tart.
28/09/2012 14:46
Great decision lewis  i am moving with you to Mercedes team . any way i never liked McLaren.
28/09/2012 16:24
Great deal for McClaren, they get rid of an overpayed and overhyped ego for a quality, solid young driver. Good going lads.
30/09/2012 08:29
As ever my fellow readers its all about the folding stuff.

Im gutted a tad to think that he will drive for a German Team but he still will stand behind the Union Flag so its still win win for us.

28/09/2012 17:41
I wish Lewis could had gone to ferrari, they are more reliable and serieuse about they number one.
28/09/2012 17:01
Glad to say goodbye to Mr Ego.Perez is a reasonable replcement but I would have prefered Paul Di Resta
28/09/2012 19:39
29/09/2012 00:22
To paraphrase the song. "Young gifted, and Black.!" No doubt he is competent, but he used the" race card " once too often.
 "Young whingeing and Black" would be more truthful!
 A step backwards methinks. It`s ok biting the hand that feeds, but he was fed VERY well.!!
 We can only hope that his World falls around him if only to teach him some kind of humility!

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