Mercedes CEO Nick Fry said Hamilton’s signing was a sign of their ambition to become a major player in the sport.
“I think it’s a clear indication of the aspirations of the team. We’ve had probably one of the greatest drivers of all time driving for us, who was clearly in age terms reaching the later part of his career when he arrived with us,” Fry told AUTOSPORT.
“In order to do well in Formula 1, you’ve got to do well in every respect. You’ve got to have the best technology, you’ve got to have the best teamwork, you’ve got to have the best management and you have to have the best drivers.
“(Hamilton’s arrival) is very exciting for the team and also puts a lot of pressure on because Ross (Brawn) has to provide him with a very good car.
“He can’t win with a car which is duff. He can win with a car that is not quite the best, but the competition is such that you can’t bridge a huge gap.”