The much rumoured switch has been made official: this will be Lewis Hamilton’s final season for Vodafone McLaren Mercedes as he moves over to Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team on a three year contract to occupy the seat of Michael Schumacher, which will be vacant in 2013.
McLaren has also confirmed that it has secured the services of the Mexican driver Sergio Perez, currently competing for the Sauber F1 Team.
“It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning which I share. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships,” said Hamilton.