Hamilton to drive for Mercedes next season

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Updated: September 29, 2012

Lewis Hamilton has finally put speculation to rest and decided a move to the Silver Arrows or Mercedes GP will reignite his chances of a second Formula 1 world championship.

Speculation of recent months, which have dominated the headlines inF1 has now finished alongside one of the longest standing driver – constructor relationships in the sport. Hamilton has been with McLaren since his early teens and graduated through the ranks to F1 with the Woking based team. In f1 with McLaren there is no question about his contribution. In 103 races he delivered 24 poles, 48 podiums, 20 wins and amassed 856 points.

Many pundits will wonder why he is leaving a team that has all the credentials to win him races and therefore championships, and joining a team that has won 1 race all season their first since the 1950s. Is it the 60 million pound package, or the fact that he not only feels after a period of time he needs a change, but also with Ross Brawn at the helm, a man that has delivered world championships to Button and several to Schumacher, that he is capable of doing the same to Hamilton? Only time will tell.

The impressive Sergio Perez will move into the vacated seat by Hamilton, a very good move following a string of very good drives by the young Mexican, and a very good branding opportunity for the team to expand into Mexico.

One question remains, Michael Schumacher? Will he retire for the second time, or could we see the most successful driver in the history of the sport continue, perhaps with Ferrari?