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Hamilton begins work with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has made his first official visit to the Mercedes factory in Brackley as he begins work on his 2013 season.
Lewis Hamilton will not be delayed in his bid to turn Mercedes into a regular contender for grand prix wins after McLaren agreed to release him ahead of schedule.

The two teams came to an arrangement that, while not being able to get the Briton out on track with his new employer, at least allowed him to visit the Mercedes' base in Brackley and meet the people behind his 2013 campaign.

Hamilton has already acknowledged that it will not be the work of a moment to transform the Silver Arrows into regular race winners – the team fell away badly after claiming victory with Nico Rosberg in this year's Chinese Grand Prix – and has more recently said that he expects it to be at least six months before his input has any effect on the team's performance. However, getting acquainted with the Mercedes technical team and his new engineers – and logging his first miles in the Three Pointed Star's simulator - will provide a useful headstart in the battle to get on terms with Red Bull, Ferrari and his former employer.

“Lewis has already been in the factory to see the team and fulfil some duties after we found an agreement about that with McLaren,” soon-to-retire head of Mercedes motorsport Norbert Haug told Britain's Sun newspaper.

The 2008 world champion cannot begin track work until pre-season testing officially begins in February.

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nikisan - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 9:14 AM

Seeing as everyone is expecting him to finish midpack for the whole of 2013 this can be good for a surprise win because if Nico could win in it at China and Schumi got pole at Monaco imagine what Hamilton could do? Not expecting a campaign for the driver's title but I don't think his first season is going to be as bad as people say.

he-man - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 3:16 PM

richard-I do not think Button was more consistent than Hamilton this season but he certainly had a lot more luck. In fact I think Button was very inconsistent this year especially the few races mid season where he was qualifying and racing in the midfield Hamilton drove very well all season with no major mistakes of his own doing that I can recall, but I do recall a hell of a lot of pit **** ups and penalties that were not of his doing and of course the numerous times this year he retired whilst leading! Yes he might have been in the fastest car but if its always breaking on him he's never going to claim the points!!

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