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Schumacher to be replaced by Hamilton

The Local · 28 Sep 2012, 12:18

Published: 28 Sep 2012 12:18 GMT+02:00

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"Lewis will replace Schumacher, who over the past three years has made a significant contribution" to the constructor, the firm said in a statement, describing the appointment as a "new chapter" for the team.

Schumacher said had enjoyed his three years at Mercedes, although he accepted that results had been disappointing.

"I wish Lewis well and for the team to achieve the success we worked so hard for in the build-up," he said in the statement. I would like to thank the team for their trust and all the guys for their unconditional commitment.

"I will now concentrate on the next races."

Hamilton will drive alongside Nico Rosberg, who will be in his fourth year at Mercedes and won his first Formula One race this year in China. He described his move as a "fresh challenge".

"Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships," he added.

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn paid tribute to Schumacher's dedication and enthusiasm for the sport but said he was thrilled to have secured the services of Hamilton.

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"I believe that the combination of Lewis and Nico will be the most dynamic and exciting pairing on the grid next year and I am looking forward to what we can achieve together," he added.


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17:34 September 28, 2012 by septiSeverus
What took so long? Long over due Mercedes.
17:44 September 28, 2012 by hanskarl
Tis a sad day for Michael. He should have stayed retired. He lost the fire and desire to win at all costs.
20:02 September 28, 2012 by coffeelover
@hanskari,, I agree, I wonder why he did not consult or design during these past few years with all the new tracks being built. Here in the US, it would be a huge point of pride to have one track designed by MS. Before all the F1 fans jump down my comment, keep in mind I am newby to F1, and not hardcore fan. Recently started watching F1 races, but still can't figure out why it is so popular worldwide, but not here. Do not assume I am nascar fan either, I hate circle races.
16:53 September 29, 2012 by hanskarl
@coffeelover...Exactly. Perhaps he can pick up the pieces and move on into F1 track design and even commentary. He has a wealth of knowledge. As far as why F1 has not caught on in America NASCAR rules the airwaves.... And it has a rather colored start up history seeing it is based on using the modified cars used to run moonshine illegally in the southern USA for racing around in a circle. It must make one dizzy. I think they should stop the race at midpoint and make them go in the opposite direction.
17:22 September 29, 2012 by marimay
At least the cars change positions in nascar LOL

I hate auto racing, I'd rather go out for a drive.
17:32 September 29, 2012 by mobius77
When Schumacher was just coming up I saw immediately that he was as fast or faster than Ayrton Senna. In a car with far less ability, he won races. He is the greatest racer of all time.

He was never overly aggressive as other drivers where, he didn't need to be. In today's era, with it's increased safety, we have more champions alive than I can remember since the 1960s. The FIA has "somewhat" become aggressive in trying to prevent the domination of the same teams year after year although it seems McLaren and Ferrari keep coming to the top no matter what is done to try to level the field.

F1 is very popular in the USA but, as a World Wide venue isn't going to get the lite beer type of marketing that US gives to it's mass market media. F1 is generally sponsored by performance minded car companies, which is pleasantly refreshing.

My favorite US driver was Phil Hill. The first Formula 1 race I saw (My memory might be faulty) was in 1961 with Hill driving a Ferrari. Hill won the title that year.

This was when a lot of people were killed in racing, many were spectators. Hemingway said that there were only 3 real sports, Motor Racing, Mountain Climbing and Bull Fighting. Today's motor sports are very safe.

In the USA, we don't even get coverage of every race. People who work in MY industry, which is computers, tend to like Wine over American Bee, Soccer over Baseball, and Formula 1 over Nascar.

With F1 returning to the US this year, and having 2 races next year a SMALL segment of this country will be very pleased to attend. And that will probably still be enough to fill the stands as long as ticket prices are not too high.
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