Ross Brawn vows to not to 'suppress' Lewis Hamilton when he joins Mercedes for 2013
'F1 needs characters', insists the Mercedes boss
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 23/11/12 7:12pm
Ross Brawn has vowed not to 'suppress' Lewis Hamilton when he leaves McLaren to join Mercedes at the start of next year.
While Hamilton's capture on three-year deal is an undoubted coup for a team which has won just a single race in the last three years, the 2008 World Champion has also caused a few headaches off the track for his current employers, most memorably earlier this year when he tweeted out sensitive telemetry information after qualifying at Spa.
Brawn, however, has no plans to curtail Hamilton's 'free spirit'.
"That's going to be taken on a day-by-day, race-by-race basis," said the Mercedes boss of his plans to handle his new star driver.
"I know Lewis, obviously I've had a lot of conversations with him and he's an intelligent guy who understands F1 and the exposure it has - and with that understanding I'm sure we will avoid any issues in the future."
That remains to be seen, but Brawn's refusal to shackle Hamilton may well have been a persuasive factor in the driver's decision to leave McLaren.
"Formula 1 needs characters, it needs individuals," added the Englishman who has previously guided both Jenson Button, Hamilton's current McLaren team-mate, and Michael Schumacher, who Hamilton will replace at Mercedes next year, to title-winning success.
"We won't suppress it too much and I don't anticipate any major issues."