/Official: Lewis Hamilton Signs with Mercedes

Official: Lewis Hamilton Signs with Mercedes

hamil1 at Official: Lewis Hamilton Signs with Mercedes

As expected, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team released an official statement confirming that Lewis Hamilton will be racing for them from 2013. Lewis has signed a three-year agreement with the German team, and will be paid about a 100 million USD for his time. Mercedes also confirmed departure of Michael Schumacher, while Nico Rosberg will remain on board as Hamilton’s teammate.

Lewis and Nico have been teammates once before in Formula A karting back in 2000. The young Brit is also quite familiar with Mercedes engines, as he used them during his two seasons in the Formula 3 Euroseries. In Formula 1 too he started all of his 104 races with Mercedes engines. Hamilton has also won the world championship with a Mercedes engine, joining an exclusive club with members like Juan Manuel Fangio, Mika Häkkinen and Jenson Button.

McLaren meanwhile is in the process of signing Sergio Perez to fill up Lewis’ seat. He will be racing alongside Jensen Button in 2013. As for Schumi, well, the only thing that we know for sure is that this time he’s really retiring. You know, unless another team make him an offer he can’t refuse!

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Lewis Hamilton

“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 AMG PETRONAS 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.”


Michael Schumacher

“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. I would like to thank the team for their trust and all the guys for their unconditional commitment. I will now concentrate on the next races.”

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