May 30, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT
Lewis Hamilton’s decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes over the 2012-2013 Formula One offseason was definitely risky.
Not only was the British driver leaving the only team he’d ever known in his F1 career – and the team with which he won the World Championship in 2008 – he was going to a squad that was faltering at the time.
Some pegged it as a disaster waiting to happen. But those dire predictions are long gone now. While McLaren failed to hit the podium in 2013, Hamilton and Mercedes went on the upswing.
And this year, as McLaren struggles mightily to climb out of mid-pack, Hamilton has rattled off four Grand Prix wins and is fighting Merc teammate Nico Rosberg for another world title.
“I never thought it’d be this good,” Hamilton said to F1 on NBC Sports’ Will Buxton during some downtime in the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. “I think you’d be kind of stupid to think it’d be as good as it is. You just hope for the best and take whatever the best is.
“Coming to this team [has been] an amazing decision. I already knew it was an amazing decision when I joined. I wanted to be a part of something going forward, developing something new, something [for] a team that hasn’t had a lot of success. So when you do win, it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.”
For more of Hamilton and Buxton’s conversation, you can check out Parts 1 and 2 below. F1 returns to NBC on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. ET with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
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