In a move that was both expected and yet considered unlikely, has departed the McLaren Formula 1 team. The 2008 Formula 1 World Champion has singed a three-year contract to race for Mercedes-Benz, teamed with Nico Rosberg. This seems to signal a possible second retirement from F1 racing by 7-time champion .
Hamilton has been a part of the McLaren family since before he was a teenager, working this way up through the various racing formulae. Now he will also be teamed with Mercedes team tech leader Ross Brawn as the German team continues to chase its first constructors championship.
Replacing Hamilton on the McLaren team is Mexican driver , who has impressed with three podium finishes this year driving for the Sauber team.