MOVE: Lewis Hamilton
FORMULA ONE ace Lewis Hamilton can have a positive debut season with new team Mercedes, according to former world champion Damon Hill.
Hamilton will switch teams for 2013 having spent his entire Formula One career so far at McLaren, which had nurtured him since his karting days.
Hill won the 1996 world title for Williams, where he had begun as a test driver, and was then recruited to lead the Arrows team's attempts to climb the grid.
He sees parallels between his situation in 1997 and Hamilton's McLaren to Mercedes move. "When I was at Williams I had not been leading, I had been very much a test driver," said Hill.
"But when I went to another team I was seen as a leader, so maybe it's easier to take on that role once they're looking to you to give them some direction.
"Lewis might learn that, he might find that in himself. We don't know, but put in that situation he might find it."