Hamilton to Join Mercedes in 2013
September 28, 2012 | 7:00 A.M. EST
The signing of Lewis Hamilton completes the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver lineup for the 2013 season alongside Nico Rosberg. (Photo: Getty Images)
The recruitment of the 2008 world champion marks the start of a new chapter for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team.
“It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team," Hamilton said. "Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning which I share.
“Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships.”
Hamilton will replace Michael Schumacher, who has contributed significantly to the development of the Silver Arrows works team over the past three years.
“I have had three nice years with the team which unfortunately did not go as well as we all would have wanted on the sporting side," Schumacher said. "I wish Lewis well and for the team to achieve the success we worked so hard for in the build-up. I would like to thank the team for their trust and all the guys for their unconditional commitment. I will now concentrate on the next races.”
The team achieved the milestone of the first victory of the modern era for a works Silver Arrow, when Nico Rosberg won this year’s Chinese Grand Prix, and has scored five further podium finishes to date.
In parallel, Mercedes-Benz has put in place the right technical structure and given the team in Brackley and Brixworth the tools it needs to achieve long-term, durable success in Formula One. In the near future, three-time world champion Niki Lauda will also bring his extensive experience to the role of non-executive chairman of the team’s board of directors, further reinforcing the strength in depth at Mercedes AMG Petronas.
The signing of Lewis Hamilton completes the Mercedes AMG Petronas driver lineup for the 2013 season alongside Nico Rosberg. Rosberg won his first Grand Prix this year in China and will enter his fourth season with our team.
Hamilton's career has been supported by Mercedes-Benz and McLaren since its earliest days. In 2000, he and Nico Rosberg were teammates at TeamMBM.com in Formula A karting. Hamilton drove with Mercedes-Benz engines during his two seasons in the Formula 3 Euroseries, winning the 2005 championship, and every one of his 104 Formula One starts so far have been powered by the three-pointed star.
Hamilton is one of four drivers, along with Juan Manuel Fangio, Mika Häkkinen and Jenson Button, to have won the Formula One world championship with Mercedes-Benz power. With 20 Formula One victories, he is equal with Mika Häkkinen as the most successful Mercedes-Benz Formula One driver.