Hamilton makes first public appearance as Mercedes F1 driver 21 January, 2013 Lewis Hamilton makes his first public appearance as a Mercedes driver during a visit to the team’s HQ in Stuttgart On a day that Mercedes made sweeping appointments and changes to the management hierarchy of their Formula 1 team, Lewis Hamilton made his first appearance as a Silver Arrows driver when visiting the marque’s Stuttgart headquarters Monday. During his visit Hamilton, who replaces German national hero Michael Schumacher in the team, spent time touring the facilities including the assembly line, while posing for in-house photographers with Mercedes products before addressing staff in what is effectively his ‘first day at work’ with his new team. Earlier in the day Mercedes captured headlines as they announced that Williams executive director Toto Wolff had been recruited to head up the company’s motorsport activities, joining Niki Lauda and team principal Ross Brawn to form the new management triumvirate at the team which has struggled since Mercedes acquired it in 2010, scoring only one win in three years. Hamilton announced his decision to leave McLaren, the team he was nurtured by from his karting days through to Formula 1 where he went on to win the 2008 world championship with the team, starting 110 races for the Woking based squad and winning 21 grands prix, while finishing 49 times on the podium. The three year deal, brokered by Lauda, is said to be worth an estimated $100-million and means the 28 year old Briton will team up with GP2 teammate and friend Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes F1 team. During his Stuttgart visit, Hamilton spotted a Mercedes SLS in among the vast array of cars he was shown, and proceeded to post a picture on Twitter taken by himself, and exclaimed, “SLS Blackseries!!! This car is one bad ass motha!” Related NewsWolff says he advised Verstappen to sign for Red BullBelgian Grand Prix: Mercedes preview SpaHamilton: Racing Rosberg is a bit like playing pokerWolff: We owe it to everyone to let Nico and Lewis raceJalinier: Renault and Ferrari out-spent by MercedesRivals will copy Mercedes V6 turbo engine claims SzafnauerAldo Costa: I am happy where I am at MercedesZetsche: At Mercedes there are no team ordersWolff slams negativity surrounding F1Mercedes retains contract with Schumacher patagrande WTF I might have to come out retirement to help MB draw up a tastefull design. These are horrendous caricatures! So overdone that they approach “Corvette”class (lack off) vulgarity! Look at those retarded wheels on the gull winged ” Transformer”car. Maybe MB is trying to offer great value by by caking together 9 different cars into one, and 9 ugly ones at that. You are laughabale. Gim Yeah Mercedes cars never were known for being particularly pleasing to look at. Christian Interesting comment ‘Patagrande’. Whilst you seem exceptionally sure of your own abilities, Mercedes seem to have done just about OK so far without you having created a global brand which is instantly recognisable and synonymous with their core values. I don’t think the world will lose sleep if you stay in retirement! Good luck this season with Mercedes, Lewis! patagrande What are their core values ? Please enlighten us Christian. In detail if you would please. A41202813@GMAIL.COM LEWIS, Make Sure 2009 Is Your Worst Year In Victory Numbers. Go, HAMILTON !