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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