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Hamilton moves to Mercedes

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is leaving McLaren after 14 years to join Mercedes Credit: PA

Hertfordshire Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will join Mercedes from next season on a three-year contract.

The decision to leave McLaren after a 14-year association with the team has been described by one source close to Hamilton as "the toughest of his career".

The 27-year-old, who was born in Stevenage, replaces Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, with the 43-year-old seven-times champion now likely to retire from Formula One for a second time.

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