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Mercedes Aim To Become F1 Contender

Mercedes Aim To Become F1 Contender Photo: TT

German manufacturer Mercedes say the signing of 2008 Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is a clear indication of their aspirations to become one of the genuine contenders for the title.

Mercedes have struggled to compete with the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari over the past few years, finishing fifth in the constructors’ championship in 2012 with just 142 points.

Hamilton has arrived, replacing the retired Michael Schumacher who managed just 49 points in 2012. Nico Rosberg won the Chinese Grand Prix with Mercedes but finished the 2012 season with 93 points.

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.”

Ben somerford
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@bensomerford Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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