Martin Brundle is tipping Lewis Hamilton to win a race with Mercedes in 2013, saying he would be very surprised if a race win evaded him.
The Brit is preparing himself for his first F1 season not at McLaren, having left the team to take a seat at Mercedes, replacing Michael Schumacher who announced his retirement from the sport in October.
Mercedes took its first win since 1955, last year in China when Rosberg led from Pole as his team-mate Schumacher retired with a wheel nut failure. The team later fell off the pace while chasing the DDRS which repeatedly failed the team.
Hamilton, the 2008 World Champion, surprised everyone by moving to Mercedes, even though the prolific Irish pundit, Eddie Jordan, had made the call several weeks later. Having made the move, Hamilton shot down his chances for 2013 but former F1 driver Martin Brundle, believes that Lewis will win a race.
“Lewis has taken a gamble, but I think Mercedes will be a lot better in 2013 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win a race, not in the slightest,” he said on stage at the Autosport show. “In fact, I would be surprised if he doesn’t win a race in 2013. Lewis has got such pace, and if Mercedes can harness that speed and give him the car, he will drag another quarter of a second per lap out of it somewhere.”
On the topic of Lewis’ move from McLaren, Brundle said “It’s not for me to be judgemental of Lewis,” he said. “He is right to do what he feels best. Had I been managing him I think I would have said ‘let’s do a short-term deal at McLaren and then see what is out there and who is moving around’. But time will tell. I wasn’t sure Jenson Button was right to go to McLaren but he was. I don’t like guessing, I like waiting to see what happens.”