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Warwick: Lewis must be thinking, What have I done!

Derek Warwick: Mercedes are working on a new car but their performance this year was not just disappointing, it was very, very poor

Former F1 driver Derek Warwick believes Lewis Hamilton has probably made a big mistake switching to Mercedes next season.

Hamilton opted to sign a three-year deal with the Brackley-based outfit back in September, thereby ending his 14-year relationship with McLaren. However, given the form of Mercedes in 2012, Warwick is fearful the 2008 F1 world champion will now be reduced to the role of a bit player.

“You are never going to see McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari out of the top three and I'd say McLaren and Red Bull are favourites to fight it out again [in 2013]. It just depends on which way round they finish at the top,” Warwick told British newspaper, The Daily Star earlier this week.

“And the great thing Red Bull have is a certain gentleman called Adrian Newey, who is without doubt the best designer and race car engineer there is in F1. Every team he has gone to, from Williams to McLaren and now to Red Bull, has won World Championships.

“We have a stability in the rules for next year so you would suspect we will pick up at the start of 2013 where we left off this year.

“I am sure Lewis Hamilton will hope that is not the case. Mercedes are working on a new car but their performance this year was not just disappointing, it was very, very poor.

“Mercedes have undoubtedly the fastest driver in F1 and we all want Lewis to be in a winning car next year and challenging.

“I desperately hope Mercedes will be competitive but either Lewis knows something we don't or he's lying in bed at night thinking, 'What have I done!'” Warwick added.

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07.10.2012- Derek Warwick (GBR) FIA Steward
Derek Warwick
Derek Warwick
25.11.2012- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
25.11.2012- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
24.11.2012- Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 pole position
24.11.2012- Free Practice 3, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27

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Josh - Unregistered

December 07, 2012 3:11 PM

"You are never going to see McLaren, Red Bull and Ferrari out of the top three" What an inane statement to make given that it wasn't long over three years ago that no one would have ever expected RBR to be a consistent front running team. The boy wants to challenge himself, and maybe he'll rally the Mercedes outfit and take them to glory, like Webber and Vettel were able with RBR. The media and paddock-insiders should stop slating him for making a bold and adventurous move.

Locks46+91+38+35&Marco58 .

December 07, 2012 5:07 PM

It seems like there are a lot of people on here who have selective memory . But no problem this time next year they won't have to rely on their memory . Lewis will win races next year . I expect the same people who made derogatory remarks when i said Lewis will sign for Mercedes will be doing the same again . There was no sign of them saying they were wrong and i guess there will be no sign of the predictors of failure . But that's usually how it is . Quick to judge and condemn but not a sound when proved wrong .

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