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McLaren keeps focus on title

Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes won't affect McLaren's push for the title race
McLaren says it is focused on trying to secure the F1 title this season despite Lewis Hamilton's decision to move to pastures new for the 2013 campaign.

Hamilton will end a 14-year relationship with the team to join Mercedes next season as partner for Nico Rosberg, with Sergio Perez having inked a multi-year deal as his replacement.

Despite the fact that he will now be moving on, McLaren said it remains fully focused on trying to help the 27-year-old secure the championship title, even if that means he then takes to the #1 with him to Brackley.

“While Sergio's career with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will begin in earnest in Melbourne next year,” McLaren said in a statement, “his future team remains absolutely committed to fighting for, and providing every opportunity to both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to contest, the 2012 drivers' and constructors' world championships.”

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh took time to thanks Hamilton for his work with the team and wished him all the best for the future.

“It's entirely appropriate that I should take this opportunity to pass on our thanks to Lewis,” he said. “He wrote a huge chapter of his life and career with us, and was, and always will be, a fine member of an exclusive club: the McLaren world champions' club.

“It goes without saying that we all wish him well for the future, just as it also goes without saying that we hope and believe that Sergio, too, will become a member of that exclusive club before too long.”



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