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Mercedes new boy Lewis Hamilton insists they can compete with Red Bull

By Phil Duncan PUBLISHED: 20:51, 21 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:27, 22 January 2013 Lewis Hamilton insists Mercedes can compete in the top echelon of Formula One despite the team’s troubles last year.After ending his 15-year association with McLaren at the end of last season, Hamilton made his first official appearance for Mercedes on Monday when he was given a tour of their factory in Stuttgart. Hamilton joins a team who limped to a lowly fifth in the constructors’ championship last year. But the 2008 world champion, who will have a new boss at the Brackley-based outfit after Williams shareholder Toto Wolff joined the team as an executive director, believes he can compete with his former team McLaren, and Red Bull and Ferrari this season. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO First day at work: Lewis Hamilton (pictured) during a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart ‘I live to win,’ said Hamilton. ‘That’s what I work towards every year. So that’s what we’re going to work to this year.‘Of course it’s going to be tough to compete, to beat the guys that are already at the front like the Red Bulls and the Ferraris and McLarens but I don’t think it’s impossible.’ New boy: Lewis Hamilton (right) tours the Mercedes AMG factory with AMG boss Ola Källenius After six grands prix season with McLaren which heralded one world championship, Hamilton believes he is set for his toughest assignment yet.‘I think this year’s going to be an interesting year, an interesting journey,’ Hamilton added. Improvement: Hamilton will hope to better his fourth place finish in the driver standings in 2013 ‘Learning and getting to know new people and working with new people is always a massive challenge so that’s first and foremost one of the biggest challenges I have.‘And after that it’s trying to succeed, trying to extract the most out of them and vice-versa. But I think it’s going to be a journey that we are going to enjoy.’VIDEO: Watch Hamilton’s first day at work with Mercedes  This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers. Five Filters recommends: Gaza Blitz – Turmoil And Tragicomedy At The BBC.

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