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Lewis Hamilton moves away from McLaren

It has been confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will be driving for Mercedes from the start of the next Formula One season. Hamilton, 27, signed a three year deal with the Mercedes, and both parties are fully committed to getting back to consistently winning races and titles. Rumours of Lewis’ unhappiness at McLaren and the apparent interest by Ross Brawn and the Mercedes team have been well documented. Eddie Jordan was the first to finally admit what we all suspected, that Hamilton’s Management Team were is serious talks with Mercedes and the McLaren relationship was coming to an end.

At first glance, one may think the move away from McLaren is short lived and only for the money. But this could not be further from the truth. Mercedes is a more well known, global brand; which would be a perfect fit for Hamilton. The new deal will also enable him to increase his activity in the sponsorship and endorsement world – something which was frowned upon at McLaren. More importantly, Brawn has managed to convine the English driver that he will be able to benefit from new chassis and engine regulations in 2014.

There is no doubt that Lewis is one of the most exciting and proven drivers in the business, and with the right car and team there would be nothing to stop him winning races consistently. It is big loss for McLaren who have already announced Perez to be Lewis’ replacement. For Mercedes, Schumacher will make way for the Hamilton, but the verdict is still out as to what the German wants to do in the future. I’m betting that he retires, but still retains some sort of relationship with Mercedes.

For now, we have the Japanese GP to look froward to, with Hamilton online betting favourite at SkyBet, priced at 9/4.

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