Hamilton says Schumacher and Rossi inspired his move to Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton says he was inspired to join Mercedes after watching Michael Schumacher and Valentino Rossi “moving to a team which was not currently winning”.

At the end of 2012 Lewis Hamilton moved from McLaren – a top team, to Mercedes – which was at the time a midfield team.

The Briton reveals he was inspired to make the move after watching Michael Schumacher and MotoGP star Valentino Rossi go to a less successful team, and then helping that team get to the top.

“I think I’d seen people like [Valentino Rossi] and Michael moving to a team which was not currently winning,” Lewis said in a Sky Sports talk with Rossi.

“But the idea of the journey to success with that team, [where] you build something special, is something special.

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“If you join the winning team already, there’s less passion there. So I really wanted to see if that was possible.

“Did I know what’s gonna happen? Of course not. I believed that, at some stage, we would win with the decisions that were being made. But it happened much sooner.

“We won our first race in 2013, a much more competitive year and then, [in 2014] with the V6 era, then we won [the championship],” Hamilton concluded.

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