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Mercedes under pressure to give Lewis Hamilton a winning car after Michael Schumacher failure

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 07:50 EST, 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 07:50 EST, 19 December 2012 Mercedes have conceded they are under even more pressure to produce a winning car for Lewis Hamilton than they were during Michael Schumacher’s three-year stint with the team.Seven-time world champion Schumacher was persuaded out of retirement in 2010 with the promise he could add to his drivers’ championship tally if he signed for Mercedes.But by the time Schumacher decided to bow out of Formula One for a second time at the end of last season he had failed to win a single race, his best result being third at Valencia’s European Grand Prix.Having been incapable of providing Schumacher with a car capable of victory in the twilight of his career, Mercedes chief executive Nick Fry admitted the pressure to ensure history is not repeated with Hamilton, a driver at the peak of his powers, is enormous. See you later: Hamilton ended his long association with McLaren this season to move to Mercedes I’m joining you, pal: Hamilton will team up with old friend Rosberg Disappointing: Schuey’s Mercedes comeback didn’t go according to plan ‘We’ve had probably one of the greatest drivers of all time driving for us, who was clearly in age terms reaching the later part of his career when he arrived with us,’ said Fry in an interview with Autosport.’In order to do well in Formula 1, you’ve got to do well in every respect. You’ve got to have the best technology, you’ve got to have the best teamwork, you’ve got to have the best management and you have to have the best drivers. (Hamilton’s) arrival is very exciting for the team and also puts a lot of pressure on because Ross (Brawn) has to provide him with a very good car.’He can’t win with a car which is duff. He can win with a car that is not quite the best, but the competition is such that you can’t bridge a huge gap.’Many believe that cutting the gap to the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Hamilton’s former team McLaren will be nigh on impossible for Mercedes in the coming campaign. Indeed, their lack of success last week prompted a parting of the ways with long-time head of motorsport Norbert Haug.But Fry insisted Mercedes has sent out a strong message to the rest of the grid regarding their ambition to…

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