Hamilton eager to show Mercedes his tricks up his sleeve

Agencies Posted: Nov 28, 2012 at 1328 hrs
London Lewis Hamilton, who will join Mercedes in the new year, has claimed he is eager to show he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

After a gut-wrenching exit from the Brazilian Grand Prix to end his six years with McLaren on a low note, Hamilton is looking ahead to the next three years with Mercedes.

The 27-year-old faces one final emotional pull this week when he visits the McLaren Technology Centre at Woking to say his goodbyes.

Beyond that, and with McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarshís permission, Hamilton will be allowed contact with the Mercedes staff at Brackley before officially linking up on January 1.

ďI wonít be doing much technical work with them but Iím allowed to talk to people. Leaving McLaren is definitely tough, but Iím looking forward to next year. Itís going to be something new, a new experience,Ē the Daily Express quoted Hamilton, as saying.

ďIím going to give it absolutely everything. I hope we can be competitive and the future will be bright,Ē he added.

ďIím expecting to see a great group of people who are determined as anything to win because theyíve not been winning. Hopefully, as a driver who has been winning, they will be excited to have me there,Ē he said.

Under the leadership of Ross Brawn, they have managed a solitary victory.

Although Brawn has gathered a considerable technical team around him, he has likened Hamiltonís arrival to that of fitting the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle.

ďThatís cool. Hopefully Iíve a lot of respect there. Iím sad to be leaving a lot of great people at McLaren, but I wish them all the best and look forward to racing against them next season,Ē Hamilton said.

Asked what he felt he was taking to Mercedes, he replied: ďIím sure Iíve still some tricks left up my sleeve, so Iíll be able to help them in some ways. Iíll help them in whatever way I can, as Iíve done with McLaren.Ē