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Hamilton happy to sit out F1 'silly season'

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Hamilton happy to sit out F1 'silly season'
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Sep 18, 2013, 12:25 PM

"The difference is like night and day." - Lewis Hamilton

Sep.18 (GMM) Lewis Hamilton has admitted not featuring in this year's driver 'silly season' has been a weight off his shoulders.

A year ago, the 2008 world champion was a leading player in F1's high-stakes game of annual musical chairs, as he weighed up between staying at McLaren or moving to another team.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W04 battle for position
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W04 and team mate Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W04 battle for position

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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."

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