Lewis Hamilton confident Mercedes will stay strong even if Ross Brawn departs
Brackley-based team in a fight to keep their current boss
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 01/11/13 8:12am
Red Bull raised the bar
Lewis Hamilton has insisted Mercedes will continue to be "a great team" even if multiple-title winner Ross Brawn departs at the end of the season.
Brawn's future has emerged as a hot topic of discussion in the paddock following the Englishman's stark warning earlier this month that he was prepared to leave the team unless he remained in a position of responsibility following the recruitment of Paddy Lowe as his long-term successor.
"I think we need a very clear definition of who is in charge and obviously I need the motivation to carry on," Brawn told Sky Sports F1 during the weekend of the Japanese GP. "I think the situation we have now is very different is probably a bit different to 12 months ago when some of these decisions were made so to some degree it is just unravelling what's gone on and finding a satisfactory solution."
Although Mercedes have been swift to deny reports this week that Brawn has already decided to depart at the end of the year, a phlegmatic Hamilton has insisted the team will continue to prosper regardless of whether Brawn stays or goes.
"As individuals we have to make the right decisions for ourselves and so whichever decision he makes it will hopefully be because it is something he wants to do," Hamilton told Sky Sports News.
"We have a lot of great people in the team so I'm sure the team will be strong either way and I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do next year.
"There were much bigger reasons why I joined the team and having him at the team was a bonus. I've learnt who everyone is in the team and we have some incredibly talented people here. He has a great approach, and helps create a great atmosphere, but I hope that's the case with all bosses and I'm confident that we will stay strong next year either way."
With just three races of the current campaign remaining, Mercedes are locked into a tightly-fought contest with Ferrari for the lucrative position of second place in the Constructors' Championship behind runaway champions Red Bull.
Having exceeded expectations this year with their level of competitiveness, Hamilton is confident that both himself and Mercedes can raise their game in 2015.
"Red Bull have done an incredible job and have raised the bar so everyone will now have to work harder," Hamilton, who won July's Hungarian GP, declared in Thursday's Press Conference. "There is a long hill for us to climb for next year but it's more of a level playing ground - you can either get it right or wrong, but hopefully we will be on the right side
"This year hasn't been perfect. There are still areas in which I can improve, and so we are working on those because we don't want to carry any negatives into next year."
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend - with race coverage from 11.30am on Sunday