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Hamilton to Mercedes?

Lewis Hamilton's plans for F1 2013 and beyond are expected to be announced today.
Lewis Hamilton's plans for F1 2013 and beyond are expected to be announced today, with confirmation of a switch from McLaren to Mercedes.

With Hamilton moving to Mercedes, and teaming up with Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher will be left without a drive. It not yet known if the German will continue with another team or opt to retire, although several reports suggest the latter is more likely, especially given his return has not exactly gone to plan, yielding just one podium.

Meanwhile at McLaren, Sergio Perez is the hot tip to replace Hamilton and join Jenson Button.

Other candidates linked to the seat include Force India pair Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg.

According to British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, "Mercedes are waiting for their board in Stuttgart to sign off on the new Concorde Agreement, the commercial pact which binds the teams to the sport, before making an official announcement regarding Hamilton. That announcement should arrive today".

"Right up until the end the move was kept shrouded in secrecy. McLaren are only understood to have been informed of Hamilton's decision yesterday, and may hold a press conference of their own this morning, at which they will announce their next move," the 'paper adds.

Although the terms of Hamilton's move are likely to be kept private, The Guardian alleges a three-year deal has been agreed.

It is not known if there are any options for beyond 2015 or if there are any get-out clauses.

“Hamilton will sign for Mercedes on a three-year deal worth £15m a year. The irony of that is that it is not significantly more than Hamilton is being paid at the moment. He is coming to the end of a five-year deal that has been repeatedly reported as being worth £75m, or £15m a year, but which in fact is worth about £13m-£14m per annum.”

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Nick - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 8:07 AM

The BBC and most of today's papers say he has decided to join Mercedes. A risky move but with the new regs for 2014, one well worth taking. I think McLaren have made a mistake with their initial offer only to increase it over the last couple of weeks. If they were prepared to pay it, they should have offered it in the first place. After all, JB actually got a pay increase when he signed an extension last year.

simon 671 - Unregistered

September 28, 2012 8:04 AM

Go to Mercedes, I believe the challenge and responsibility of 'leading' a team will be the making of a new Lewis Hamilton, and the responsibility will produce a mature and consistancy he has been lacking in the past year or too. It has been very obvious that the relationship between Mclaren and Hamilton has been strained for some time, and Whittaker's obvious allegiance to Button has helped him make this decision, he will go to a Manufacturer supported team where he can be valued and supported!

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