Hamilton: Brawn departure no big loss 2 January, 2014 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) Subbed by AJN.