London: Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton has reportedly ruled out winning anything with Mercedes next year.
Despite his soaring ambitions and a lavish 15 million pound-a-year contract, the 27-year-old said it will take time for the German car giant to deliver, which is languishing a lowly fifth in the constructor’s championship.
When asked ahead of Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, if a title was on the cards in 2013, he adamantly rejected the whole idea.
“Absolutely not. And, I don’t even expect to win races,” a daily quoted Hamilton, as saying.
Even though he has won at least one Grand Prix every year since his stunning debut season in 2007, the McLaren racer said he had resigned himself to a tough year of development work under his new bosses.
However, he believes it is a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.
“That was one of the things I had to get my head around very early on when I was considering whether to join Mercedes,” said Hamilton.
“I’m looking at the long term. It’s 2014-15 when I anticipate we will have most success. I am not going into next year thinking let’s have a c*** year,” he added.
First Published: Sunday, October 07, 2012, 14:54