In what actually should be a happy occasion for Lewis Hamilton, has been overshadowed by the off-track shenanigans and goings on of Mercedes AMG Petronas’s ownership and management moves of late. The assignment of Niki Lauda to the board-level and then investing partner Tot Wolff taking over from recently released Norbert Haug as VP of Motor Sport and now rumblings of Nick Lowe and an unhappy Ross brawn and the eerily quiet Nick Fry. It just seems Lewis can’t get a simple break from the white noise that surrounds his moves.
Lewis told Sky Sports F1 that he’s excited about the new challenge and that Ross Brawn was a consideration for him when signing to Merc:
“Of course, when I was making the decision definitely he was on the pros and cons list.
“He’s had a great career, he’s got great success and he’s a great part of the team. We need that figurehead in the team to help steer us the way.
“So we definitely all look to him. But he’s reassured me that he’s here to stay and he’s here to work as hard as he can with me and the rest of the team to win.
“So that gives me as much confidence as I need.”
Some suggest that Brawn is not happy with all the changes at Merc and he maintains that he is in charge at the team. It’s a shame this is all happening because what most folks really should be focused on is Lewis and Nico and the new car for 2013. Instead, Niki Lauda and the board have created a PR challenge and the political machinations of the car maker have overshadowed the more prescient aspects of what they really want to say to the world…Lewis and Nico are here, here’s our car and we’re taking it to Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.
Let’s set all that aside for a moment and welcome Lewis to his new home and wish he and Nico the very best in 2013. Lewis was looking to build a team around him and so far he’s got nothing but tumult from the board down to the team boss. Not a good start for a driver as talented as Lewis.