Hamilton to AMG Merc and Perez to McLaren

WHOA!!  What a bombshell!  (sorry I’m going to step away from photography for one second)  For those of you that don’t know – I’m a huge F1 fan.  Dad always had the race on before Sunday School and we would finish it up after lunch.  I stopped watching after 2002 and finally got to pick it back up in 2009 when I stepped into the new age with a DVR.  Now I can’t keep away from it.  Just ask my wife who is tired of F1 and my 3 favorite announcers by mid-P2.  “Is your race over yet,” she’ll say.  “It’s just practice,” I’ll reply.  She’s very understanding though and knows when F1 is on I’m useless.  Thanks to my wife for understanding!

On to the news!  Lewis Hamilton is leaving McLaren to join Mercedes AMG.  Hamilton’s seat will be filled by Sergio Perez.  Perez will be under the tutelage of the one and only, Mr. Easy-on-the-tires, Jenson Button, which I believe will be a great experience for Perez.  I’m very excited for both teams next year.

I hope Hamilton can put the frustrations he’s had with McLaren behind him and he can start anew at Mercedes.  I’m a huge Hamilton racing fan, but off of the track I think he has some growing up to do.  Perhaps getting out McLaren will allow him to grow both on and off the track and he’ll be able to shed the negativity.

I can’t wait to see what 2013 is like with the new teams of McLaren and Mercedes, but we still have six races in the 2012 season – six races in one of the craziest seasons I can remember, including the United States Gran Prix!  I hope I can see the USGP in Austin, I was fortunate enough to see the the USGP 2 times when it was here in Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  What an experience!

Since this is a photography page I’ll include some photos from the last USGP I attended:

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