September 28th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Yes indeed, it was coming, but still a surprise. Mercedes annoucement of its driver's line-up for 2013 with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was still shocking.
It was said at times that Lewis motivation for leaving McLaren in case of doing so was because of better income and greater commercial freedom to find personal sponsors.
Well...according to Ross Brawn, Mercedes Principal, that is not true, since the team "did not break the bank to secure Lewis Hamilton's services"
Brawn says that Hamilton's motivation to move teams in not related to money, instead. it was more about finding a new challenge in his career.
"There is a competitive market for drivers and Lewis is as competitive as anyone else in that respect. But Lewis didn't come here because we offered more money - because we didn't," Brawn told Sky.
"I think, first and foremost, Lewis is a racing driver. That has to be the key to everything. If he's not successful as a racing driver, none of the other stuff can happen.
"Everybody involved here and involved with Lewis recognised that, first of all, he has to be a successful racing driver. Because if he's not a successful racing driver, nothing else can happen. That's the key thing."
Currently Mercedes W03 and all its predecesros were far from being as competitive as their McLaren counterparts, but Brawn believes that Hamilton is very excited with the prospects of being able to turn the team in to regular winners.
"I think for Lewis, the attraction was being part of that building structure - the creation of the team. Not walking into a ready formed, successful package; it was being part of the process of building that package.
"I think he felt that that was the next stage of his career."
It will be hard to have Hamilton happy with uncompetitive car, so Brawn and Co are probably working harder than ever to deliver a promising vehicle for the Brit.