Lewis Hamilton is new hope for Mercedes F1 future

Mercedes is hoping Hamilton's arrival will mark a revival from a team best remembered the past three years for Schumacher's failed comeback.

updated: March 08, 2013 17:06 IST
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Frankfurt: Mercedes finally appears capable of providing Lewis Hamilton with something it could not give Michael Schumacher - a winning car.

When Hamilton made the switch from McLaren to Mercedes after the 2012 season, some questioned the wisdom of shifting from a title contender to a team that finished fifth in the championship and had only one race win in three seasons. There was speculation he made a hasty decision and that it was driven simply by money - a lucrative three-year offer that McLaren couldn't match.

But if the final rounds of preseason testing are any indication, Hamilton's gamble appears to be paying off.

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