The arrival at Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes appears to have been supported by a large amount of investment from the German marque in an attempt to make a step forward towards the front of the field in 2013.
It was confirmed at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix that Hamilton would be leaving McLaren and joining Mercedes for 2013, and the Briton has enjoyed a strong debut season with the Silver Arrows. Although he has won just one race so far this year, Hamilton appears to be more comfortable with the team and has produced some impressive displays despite the car struggling with tyre problems throughout the year. Nico Rosberg has also flourished during his fourth year with the team, winning two races and claiming three pole positions which, along with Hamilton’s quintet of starts from P1, have made Mercedes the team to beat on a Saturday in 2013.
However, it has been revealed by business website City AM that the investment from parent company Daimler has warranted such an improvement in fortunes, with the amount of money being pumped into the team rising from £25m to £151m to the end of 2012. However, this does compare to Lotus’ expenditure of £147m and McLaren’s sum of £151m in the same period.
In addition to Hamilton, the team has welcomed a range of new technical chiefs and backroom staff including McLaren’s former technical director Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff from Williams. With the new set of regulations in 2014 set to shake up the pecking order once again, the Silver Arrows appear to have earmarked this season as being their chance to pounce and forge ahead at the front of the field.
Upon arriving at Mercedes, Hamilton immediately wrote off his chances in 2013, but the team has surprised many to now be contesting for second place in the constructors’ championship alongside Ferrari. With this investment, the foundations have been laid for a good future in Formula One, but as the demise of Toyota in 2009 proved, throwing money at the sport does not guarantee success.
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