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2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton of Team McLaren-Mercedes takes one of his first practice laps at The Circuit of The Americas during the 2012 Inagural United States Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton leaves McLaren confident he will win at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, right, and Jenson Button pose with the McLaren team after the Brazilian Grand Prix, the last race of the 2012 season. Photograph: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images Lewis Hamilton is confident that he can help build a winning car at Mercedes next year – even though he is a driver better known for his sheer speed than his technical input.After crashing out of his final race with McLaren here on Sunday – he was leading the race when shunted by Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg – Hamilton said: “I have no doubts in my mind that I can win a lot more races.”Going to Mercedes, I have just got a lot of work to do to help mould them into a winning team and I believe they have the potential. That is why I made the decision. I am going to mould that car to how I like it.”When reminded that his gifts were more instinctive than technical, he replied: “I guarantee you that is not the case. I don’t need to blow smoke up my own arse. I know what I am capable of, although it won’t take a major effect until halfway through next season, although more so with the car for 2014. It just means I have to cram a lot into a short space of time. I don’t have a problem with that.”Hamilton and McLaren are certain to miss each other next year. Hamilton, surely, will have a less competitive car to drive while McLaren, unusually, will not be able to call on the services of any of the leading three drivers in Formula One.Hamilton added: “In my heart I feel like I am going to miss them. I don’t know how much they are going to miss me. I guess time will tell.”Jenson Button, whose chances of becoming a double or even triple champion have been greatly enhanced by Hamilton’s departure from McLaren, said after his third victory of the season here on Sunday: “To end the season with a win is fantastic and bodes well for 2013. It is a great way to go into a long winter and develop the new car. It shows we are in a very good position with the car. This has not been our year. I’ve had some tricky races as well.”The three wins have been phenomenal. One at the start, one at the end and one in…

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