Lewis Hamilton reveals Ross Brawn assurance that the team boss isn't quitting
New arrival makes it clear that Brawn is the right "figurehead"
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 24/01/13 4:25pm
Lewis Hamilton has underlined the continued importance of Ross Brawn to Mercedes and revealed his new boss has reassured him that he's not leaving.
Although Hamilton's first public appearance in Mercedes colours only came on Monday, the former McLaren driver's first week at Brackley has coincided with the onset of intense media speculation over the team's management structure, especially surrounding the future of their Team Principal.
But after Brawn insisted on Thursday that he remains the man in charge, Hamilton made clear that he sees the former Ferrari and Benetton man as the "figurehead" to lead Mercedes forward.
Speaking in a live interview on Sky Sports News, the 28-year-old, when asked how pivotal Brawn had been in his decision to leave McLaren, replied: "Of course, when I was making the decision definitely he was on the pros and cons list.
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"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."
The uncertainty over Brawn's future had been triggered by speculation, which originated in the German press, that Mercedes new motorsport boss Toto Wolff was poised to hire Paddy Lowe from McLaren - an approach to the highly-regarded Technical Director which has since been confirmed by Brawn.
Any transfer for Lowe would mark an unexpectedly swift reunion with Hamilton, but the driver himself hinted he viewed the move as unlikely.
"It's not my position to really say, but obviously I've had great experiences with Paddy. Great guy," Hamilton added in his interview with Craig Slater.
"But I know he's at McLaren, as far as I'm aware, and that's how it is and how it will stay.
"I know they've got great people here [at Mercedes] and it's down to me and for the rest of the guys here to utilise them, and get more out of them, because we can all do better. All of us.
"So it's about us trying to extract more out of each other."