Hamilton: We have strength in depth
1 November 2013 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has responded to the rumours that Team Principal Ross Brawn is to tender his resignation at the end of the season, arguing that if he does, the Brackley-based outfit has enough strength in depth to cope with the loss.
On Tuesday, a BBC report claimed that Brawn had made the decision to leave the team, with Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, both Executive Directors, and Niki Lauda, a Non-Executive Chairman, set to share the running of the squad moving forward.
Lauda has since made it clear that Brawn is yet to make his choice, but Hamilton says whatever the ultimate outcome, the Silver Arrows can go on to win world titles.
"Either way, we have a strong set of people in the team," Hamilton told reporters at the Yas Marina Circuit. "Everyone will do the utmost to make sure whatever decision he makes we go into next year with a fighting chance to win the championship."
Hamilton added that his move from McLaren at the end of last season was not solely due to Brawn's involvement, although he is well aware of the 58-year-old's influence.
"When I made the decision it was based on a lot more things than just Ross," he said. "Ross wasn't the only thing I came here for. It was a bonus to have Ross here because of how much experience he had had and his success at previous teams.
"He showed me the progress the team were making and the direction they were going. But any boss would have done that. We've had a great working relationship."