30 November 2012
Hamilton backed to impress
Anthony Hamilton backs Lewis Hamilton to impress at Mercedes
Anthony Hamilton has backed son Lewis to impress when he makes the move to Mercedes for the 2013 F1 season.
Hamilton will switch to the Brackley-based team for the new campaign after ending his 14-year relationship with McLaren in Brazil last weekend, where he failed to finish after a clash with Nico Hulkenberg while fighting for the lead of the race.
The 2008 champion will officially start work at Mercedes in January and is charged with helping the team rebound from a difficult 2012 campaign – which started brightly with Nico Rosberg's victory in China before tailing off dramatically.
Some have questioned whether Hamilton has made the right call in making the switch given how McLaren would seem to give him the best chance of future success, but the Briton's father said he was sure that Mercedes can provide a car that is capable of running at the front.
"We really believe those guys are going to get it together," Hamilton Sr told Sporting Life. “There is a definite passion to come good, and I believe they will do. You don't have such a great car company and such talented people in one place - and now they've the addition of Lewis - without it being a recipe for success.
"I believe in Mercedes, Ross Brawn and Norbert Haug. I believe everybody they need to turn a good team into a great team are all there, and more than anything, I believe in Lewis.
"I believe Lewis is going to win a minimum of two to three races, and if he doesn't do that then the car really is bad. But Nico won this year, and they've had a few other good positions in races, so I think we'll find some time and have a good year with them."
Hamilton was also keen to stress that, although Lewis is heading to pastures new in terms of his team, his relationship with Mercedes is one that has already been in place since his time in the junior formulae.
"He's just excited to explore pastures new, and he's at that time in his life when he needs to do that,” Hamilton added. "He's out from under the wing of McLaren and Ron Dennis to a certain extent, and don't forget, we're actually not leaving a family. We're re-joining the other half of the family because without Norbert and Mercedes-Benz we probably wouldn't be here anyway.
"They were the guys who helped push us forward in Formula Three, GP2, and also assisted us with other opportunities. So we're not going very far, and we know those guys, and it's actually quite a nice thing Lewis is doing.
"It's a case of him saying 'Thanks Mercedes. You believed in me when I was hoping to get into Formula One, now I'm going to put my faith in you'. And it's going to work. Mercedes and Lewis are going to surprise a lot of people next year."
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