Hamilton happy not to be a player in the F1 silly season this year 18 September, 2013 208 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted that not featuring in this year’s driver Formula 1 silly season has been a big weight off his shoulders. A year ago, the 2008 world champion was a leading player in Formula 1’s high-stakes game of annual musical chairs, as he weighed up between staying at McLaren or moving to another team. Now happily at Mercedes and on a three-year contract, the Briton said he has every intention of staying with the German team for that entire period and “hopefully even longer”. Hamilton also admitted he has enjoyed being a mere spectator, as the ‘silly season’ played out instead with Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and others in the main roles. “Last year, I tried my best to avoid it, but of course it was hard to deal with all the questions and the fact that I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. “It was taking my energy away from me, but it’s not like that anymore. It’s a great feeling to be in this position,” said Hamilton. “The difference is like night and day.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN.