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Ambitious Formula One ace explains move to Mercedes

REASONS: Lewis Hamilton

FORMULA ONE ace Lewis Hamilton has given his reasons for joining Mercedes for the 2013 season.

The former world champion has endured an up and down season with McLaren to date, with just three race wins and three thirds providing the highlights.

He shocked the Grand Prix fraternity by recently announcing his move but has now explained his thinking. "I wanted to do something different. I wanted a new challenge and have done for quite some time," Hamilton told F1 Racing magazine in a recent interview.

"There were a lot of assumptions from people. Emotions were here... the mind thinking there. The heart was fighting the mind but I was in a comfortable place and just said: 'Let's do it.'"

"I can't lie that not winning is frustrating whether you're in this team or another team. I've had lots of experience of not winning and I've learned to deal with it in the past I believe we can eventually get those wins, but it's more long term. In 2014 the rules change massively with the new V6 turbo engines and the cars; everything starts from scratch again.

"I could take the easy route, stay with a great team with a great car making decent money. But I don't want to do that. I want to go and struggle and help a team that's struggling and help them frigging get to the top and start winning.

"That's going to be the most satisfying feeling if we do get there. And if we don't, I'll only be 31."

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