Lewis Hamilton decides to leave McLaren to join Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton will leave his current team McLaren Red Bull to join Mercedes next season. He has signed a three year deal which was announced today. Sergio Perez has been announced as Mr Hamilton’s replacement, joining from Sauber.
The move has essentially forced Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher out of Mercedes. He may decide to join another team or retire.
Lewis Hamilton released a statement saying “It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter. 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.”
Mercedes have taken to the news with great delight with Ross Brawn, the team Principal saying “I believe that 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”
Lewis Hamilton was an overnight sensation ever since making his debut in 2007, recording some great achievements along the way. He made his debut at the Australian Grand Prix finishing third in the race after qualifying fourth, back in 2007. After finishing on the podium for each of his first five races, he managed to win the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix. McLaren then secured their prized asset on a five year deal from 2008 which ends this year. To celebrate he managed to win the F1 Driver’s Championship, becoming the youngest driver ever to do so. Ever since 2008, he has not won a championship. Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to win his next championship with Mercedes next season.
Mr Hamilton will join Nico Rosberg at Mercedes. The move has caused a great sensation and sent shockwaves around the whole F1 industry. Experts believe that this new found partnership at Mercedes will be one of the most exciting and dynamic in the whole sport.
Lewis Hamilton will naturally earn more money at Mercedes rather than being at Mercedes in basic salary and in terms of sponsorship and endorsements. His main reasoning for joining the team was said to be about developing his potential in the long terms as a F1 world champion.