Lewis Hamilton says that is not aware of any plans to have Paddy Lowe at Mercedes GP.
“As far as I am aware there no plans to bring Paddy here,” he told the British media this morning. “I have been assured by Ross that his commitment is for the long term and that he is here to try to win with me and that reassures me and continues to give me a positive feeling moving forward. There are lots of great people here. I have obviously had great experience with Paddy, but he works at McLaren.”
Hamilton said that having Brawn in the team was a factor in his decision, but not the only one.
“There were tons of factors,” he said. “I had to sit down and write down the pros and cons. It was definitely on the list, but it was not the deciding factor. Ross has had a great career and runs a great team. There is a great atmosphere here. The guys seem hungrier than anyone I have seen before. They are hungry to win and excited that they have another shot at it. I feel really positive. The guys are working really hard. It is important that they are always analyzing and seeing what adjustments need to be made; and that they are not scared of making changes and doing whatever they have to do to win. Having a head figure of the team is important.”
Hamilton said that he has tried the Mercedes team’s simulators and said that they are different to McLaren.
“The newest one has all the technology that McLaren has,” he said, “We just need to dial it in some more.”
He added that is important to be “patient and realistic” and that people should not expect miracles.
“It takes a long time to develop a car and you need to be very understanding that it is difficult to gain two or three seconds in three months, but every little bit counts. This is a marathon not a sprint. It is a long haul and I hope we can be competitive. If we are there at the first race and at the front it will be spectacular. 2014 is a little bit more of an opportunity because everyone will start from zero.”