Adapted from GMM
Leaving McLaren is not a 'risk' because the British team he grew up with has not been that successful in recent years, Lewis Hamilton has told the Spanish sports daily AS.
"There is no risk," the McLaren protege told the newspaper, when asked about his impending move for 2013 to Mercedes.
"At McLaren we haven't won the championship since 2008 and I haven't won too many races recently," he insisted.
"Every team has its ups and downs, but 2014 will be a pivotal year with the rule changes."
Meanwhile Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali agreed the moving from McLaren to Mercedes was the right things to do for the 27-year-old.
Told by an interviewer it might not be the wisest choice for the 2008 world champion, Domenicali answered: "Mercedes has enormous potential.
"It has invested heavily in the past three years and has not achieved the results it expected. But it is doing everything in its power to win," he told El Pais newspaper.
"Hamilton has seen this potential that has not yet materialised.
"What is clear," added the Italian, "is that McLaren has lost a tremendous asset.
"After Fernando (Alonso), Vettel and him are the fastest ones."