It’s spring. Just a few weeks to go before the start of the new Formula 1 season, and Lewis Hamilton has been out practicing pit stops with his crew at Silverstone. We catch him at a calmer moment, gazing over a metallic gray automobile with the look of a man struck by “car love” at first sight. He circles the metallic sculpture in deliberate paces, runs a finger over its razor-sharp lines, opens a door and lets it fall back into its lock, checks the size of the trunk, takes a few photos on his BlackBerry and posts them on Twitter for the wider world to admire: “It’s a seriously cool car. Really young and fresh,” says Hamilton.
Indeed, when Lewis Hamilton claps eyes on the new Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG for the first time, his eyes instantly light up. This year sees the 2008 Formula 1 world champion marking his first season with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team. The Briton is charged with powering the Silver Arrows into a new era of victory and success.