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Lewis denies 'Merc regret' rumours

2012-11-16 09:27

BLOCKING OUT WHITMARSH: Lewis Hamilton is 100% behind his team for the next two races and denied rumours he regrets his imminent move to Mercedes.

AUSTIN, Texas - Lewis Hamilton has no regrets over his jump to Mercedes next season, again dismissing comments from McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh that the Englishman was having second thoughts about his move.

In an interview with the official Formula 1 website, Whitmarsh said he believed Hamilton had at times regretted his decision.

'STILL GIVING 100%'

Hamilton retorted: "I was a little surprised to hear that, it's absolutely not the case.

"I've got a great team, I've been with them such a long time so I'm sure everyone has some emotions within the team but I'm still here giving 100% for the last two races and of course it's quite emotional for me. But I'm very, very happy with the decision I have made."

Hamilton will replace retiring seven-time World champion Michael Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, ending a long-standing relationship with McLaren, who spotted his talent as a youngster racing karts.

Whitmarsh said it would be an emotional farewell with Hamilton, world champion in 2008, after the last race of the season in Brazil later in November 2012 but hoped the 27-year-old would one day come to regret his move.

Whitmarsh said: "I hope he thinks today that he's made an awful mistake and I hope he thinks that next year. He's made that decision and he has to live with that decision,"

US GRAND PRIX

McLaren, the second most successful team in terms of wins in the history of F1, has won five grands prix in the 2012 season, including victories from Hamilton in Canada, Hungary and Italy.

Mercedes has won one race, in China this year, since they took over the title-winning Brawn GP team at the end of 2009.

Hamilton will start Sunday's race at the new Circuit of the Americas as the last driver to win a US Grand Prix with his victory at Indianapolis in 2007.

F1 makes its return to the United States after a five-year absence hoping to finally establish a permanent presence in a country that has largely ignored the sport.

The eyes of the motor racing world will be on Texas on Sunday, November 18, 2012 with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel looking to fight off a challenge from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and clinch a third consecutive driver's championship.

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