Hamilton: Brawn departure no big loss

Lewis Hamilton with Ross Brawn Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton with Ross Brawn Mercedes

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has played down the impact of Ross Brawn’s departure, insisting that it is neither a loss to the Silver Arrows or even Formula 1.

Just a year after 2008 World Champion Hamilton was enticed to switch from McLaren, 58-year-old Briton Brawn has stepped down as Brackley based Mercedes’ team boss.

Hamilton, though, says that he is not worried.

“When I decided to go to Mercedes,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “I had much greater reasons than just him.

“To me, that he was there was a bonus, but after I arrived, I saw that the team had a lot of talented people,” added Hamilton, whose new team bosses will be Paddy Lowe and Toto Wolff, overseen by chairman Niki Lauda.

” [Brawn] was a good boss, with a very good approach, which creates a great atmosphere in the team – but this is something that is expected of a leader,” Hamilton continued.

Brawn has resolved to take a sabbatical from Formula 1, and says he will only decide if he will come back in 2015 over the summer.

But Hamilton, 28, said even a permanent exit from the sport for Brawn will not be a blow to Formula 1.

“The sport will continue when any of us go,” he said. “So no, I don’t see it as a loss for the sport.” (GMM)

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  • Zombie Jebus

    He is either back with Nicole or reading a prepared statement. These comments are just callous. Let’s hope he remembers who built this team and got him his job when the Mercedes proves to be a top team again this season.

  • SteveisGreat

    “When I decided to go to Mercedes,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “I had much greater reasons than just him.

    Like being sacked by Ron Dennis and seeing your new teamie win the team over by being friendly and respectful to them?

    Lewis = massive talent…

    back in 2008.

  • gmtF2

    Whoever wrote the piece took an inflammatory approach in an attempt to make news out of a benign conversation. The way I read it, LH merely said that Brawn was a good boss and a very good team leader , but that the sport is bigger than any individual. Where’s the scandal in that? The same could be said for Christian Horner, no?

  • matthew

    I woder if lewis walked away after the conversation and thought “hmm… maybe I worded that poorly.” I get what he was trying to say, no one leaving in f1 would make a huge impact.

  • Donna

    “So no, I don’t see it as a loss for the sport.” Very tactful Lewis. I imagine some will say the same of you when your time is up.

  • MightyK

    I’m hoping nobody even cares what crap Lewis
    utters these last few years. Most often inane or
    self serving. He’s had to take over for Ruben’s,
    since his departure, as the F1 nebulous rhetoric
    spokesman.

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    Lewis has a lot to prove still in F1. He was unbelievable in 2007 and 2008 but hasn’t really shown much of his talent the past couple of seasons. A couple of good races a year isn’t good enough. I wouldn’t say he comprehensively beat Nico in 2013 either.

    It’s always been obvious that Lewis hasn’t been a Schumacher fan – hence not being a fan of the Brawn setup at Ferrari during their winning years. He’s always been a Senna fan, and has never really shown any interest in driving for Ferrari at some point in his career.

    That’s fine. Ferrari don’t produce the best cars, and not every driver feels the need to drive for them, but I just wish Lewis would shut up and start driving properly again because I’m starting to feel like this is a unique talent just going to waste.

  • Red Bull Cheats

    Lewis said that if anyone left F1 it would survive, and that means including himself. But you fools make him out as disrespectful? If you had your own comments posted in the press you would be the disrespectful ones.

  • A41202813GMAIL

    RB Will Come Back Before The End Of 2014.

    And, Yes, LEWIS Will Drive For The REDS In 2016.

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • David

    This story is interesting as it demonstrates graphically how a reporter can put a slant on what someone has said and convey a different meaning to what that person may have meant. This happens all the time in the press generally and it needs us readers to think a bit and not jump to the intended conclusions. Journos are only human and are under pressure to make non-stories into sellable copy for their bosses.

  • Hawk

    not only the journos but also the haters who creep out of their holes like those above, put a negative twist to nothing. dod you really expect any driver or team boss to start grovelling over who has left? how would that reflect on those he has left behind? we have seen it over and over again that whoever leaves a team, the first response is that he is no big loss and the team will continue. Ross knows the drill very well, him having been a top team boss for several years. what did Button say when Paddy Lowe left? what about Lotus when Allison left? and the RB engineers?

  • Hawk

    and McLaren when Lewis left, what did they say?

  • uit

    Eventhough I’m no lewis fan, the journalist who wrote this stands so naked right now, as the headline is a blatant falsification of the actual quote. A poor journalist.

    I don’t think i’ll be checking yallaf1/grandprix247.com much in the future.

  • Badman Jose

    I really enjoy the post here, always good for a laugh. Some
    of the posters are formidable nefarious nut cases from
    Crash Net.
    They are stuck on Hamilton, a collection of noise makers and
    naysayers. Again I’ll say all the best to u all in 2014. To 24/7
    thanks for not deleting or censoring my rant. Refreshing, that
    it is.

    Old Jose

  • ZombieF1

    This reporter has a twisted mind

  • Belize

    Has Lewis always been a BIG AHOLE?????

  • Belize

    Why does Lewis hate poor Michael Schumacher so much ?????? Oh, INTENSE JEALOUSY, I see.