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. Tweet Related NewsRosberg: I am not angry with the teamNo number one for Hamilton who wants to keep #44F1 drivers take to Twitter to congratulate HamiltonDennis: McLaren board will decide 2015 driversLauda: Nico will fight backHamilton: New Mercedes contract is a formalityHamilton: I celebrated with a watermelon juiceRosberg: Hamilton was the best driver on the grid this yearHamilton: I feel very happy here, no rush to sign new dealLewis and Nico shake hands at end of epic season 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.