Hamilton 'very excited to begin new chapter'

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".

In a statement Hamilton said: "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 Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning, which I share."

Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton.
Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He added: "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."

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Lewis Hamilton to join Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton will end his 14-year association with McLaren at the end of the season. He's set to sign a three-year deal with Mercedes worth a reported £15million a year.