Ross Brawn says Mercedes now has to realise its potential after announcing the signing of Lewis Hamilton for the 2013 F1 season.

After 14-years-old with McLaren, the 27-year-old will partner Nico Rosberg next year having agreed a multi-year deal to replace Michael Schumacher.

The signing of the 2008 title winner is the latest step in Mercedes' push to try and secure championship success, with the technical team having been overhauled and a number of leading figures brought in to help push for the title.

Mercedes will hope that Hamilton can help it to build on its victory in China earlier this year to become regular contenders at the front, and Brawn said the team now needed to make it delivers the goods on track.

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

"Over the past three years, we have been putting in place the foundations and building blocks that are needed to compete regularly for the world championship. Behind the scenes, we have assembled a team that is technically stronger, more experienced and better resourced, thanks to the support of Petronas and all of our loyal team partners.

"The potential is now there to match any other team on the grid, which is the minimum standard for a Mercedes-Benz works team. Our task is now to translate that potential into on-track performance for next season and beyond."

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