F1: Hamilton leaves McLaren for Mercedes


lewis-hamiltonThe arrival of English means ‘second’ end of the Formula One career of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, to which the German team did not renew the contract expiring at the end of the year. Sources in the Mercedes confirmed to dpa that they would not extended the contract of Schumacher, although it is not clear whether the German back retired or will a new team.
The decision to leave McLaren, by Hamilton, will be a blow for the British team who had offered their pilot a new agreement. Hamilton was with the team since he was 13 years old and won the world championship in 2008.
The 27 year old British driver will be the number one Mercedes and will team up with German Nico Rosberg. The possible passage of Schumacher to another team “is not a problem today,” said his manager Sabine Kehm the DPA.
Schumacher returned to Formula One in 2010, after three years of absence, was able to gain one place on the podium with the Mercedes. Yesterday, the Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn told the BBC that Schumacher “has been a great asset to the team, and has taken us forward,” added Brawn.
Sauber driver Sergio Perez will replace Hamilton at McLaren next year. Perez will team up with Jenson Button.

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