Hamilton shows off his new Mercedes

Mon Feb 4, 2013 8:52am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton showed off his new silver Mercedes Formula One car with determined talk on Monday, even if the 2008 world champion was clearly still adjusting to life after McLaren.

"When I first drove in, I stopped by a McLaren and I thought it was just strange to see it and not be going to it this time," he told reporters after unveiling the F1 W04 car on the Jerez pit straight with team mate Nico Rosberg.

The 28-year-old Briton, whose ties with Mercedes go back to his teenage years in junior series, had no doubt that he was in the right place with the German manufacturer and that the future was looking bright.

"I have worked with Mercedes-Benz for a very long time now, and I learned one thing most of all: Mercedes-Benz doesn't know how to lose," Hamilton said in prepared comments.

"We are playing a long game here but I know we will have success together and I'm excited to be a big part of making it happen."

Hamilton was a team mate with old friend Rosberg before both entered Formula One and the Briton said their renewed pairing was a dream come true.

In a press release, he also gave a nod to his illustrious predecessors at the 'Silver Arrows'.

"It is an honor for me to tread in the footsteps of legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Michael Schumacher," he said.   Continued...

 
Mercedes Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton (L) of Britain and teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany use Blackberry devices during the presentation of the new Mercedes W04 Formula One car at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo