Brawn: Schumacher informed at every stage of Hamilton negotiations

29 September, 2012

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren with Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Lewis Hamilton with Michael Schumacher

Sep.29 (Reuters) Michael Schumacher could play a role with Mercedes next season but will probably take time to consider his options after losing his Formula One race seat to Lewis Hamilton, team principal Ross Brawn said on Friday.

(L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren. Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Wednesday 23 May 2012.Mercedes announced earlier that Hamilton, McLaren’s 2008 champion, had signed a three-year deal and will replace 43-year-old Schumacher from the beggining of the 2013 season.

The news may have signalled the end of Schumacher’s unremarkable comeback but Mercedes refrained from saying that the seven time world champion would be retiring as a result of the decision.

“I think Michael’s going to take a few months to think about things and reflect on things, to decide what to do in the future,” Brawn told Reuters Television in an interview at the team’s factory in central England.

“Michael’s been undecided for some time now in what to do,” added the Briton.

“As Michael has been contemplating what he was going to do, then the opportunity to have Lewis join the team gradually increased, gradually grew to the point where we had to come to a conclusion.

“Michael’s very happy for the team but I think he is going to spend the next few months thinking about what he is going to do.

Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal and Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 with cake to celebrate his 300th Grand Prix start. Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday 1 September 2012.“There are opportunities within the team, within Mercedes for Michael to stay involved in some capacity or other, and he’s particularly interested in developing high performance cars, that sort of thing.”

Sauber have a vacancy after Mexican Sergio Perez was announced as McLaren’s replacement for 27-year-old Hamilton but it remains to be seen how much interest there is in signing a driver that some believe to be too old for the sport.

Brawn said the situation with Hamilton had evolved over several months after starting early in the year “in a relaxed way” with Schumacher informed at every stage.

The former Ferrari technical director, and title-winning Brawn GP principal, said Hamilton’s arrival would put his team even more in the spotlight but was sure they would rise to the challenge.

“There’s always huge pressure on us to perform and of course having a driver of Lewis’s calibre in the team may intensify that pressure,” he said.

“I think this is a team that has great potential, great facilities, great people.

(L to R): Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP with Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes GP Team Principal and Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP. Formula One Testing, Day 1, Valencia, Spain, Tuesday 1 February 2011.“It’s coming together now and I think Lewis will be able to both contribute to the end result as a driver but also contribute in giving the motivation and giving the input to the team, they’re the things we need to do to produce a great car.

“So I believe we are going to produce great cars in the future.”

Brawn said the belief that Mercedes could succeed was probably the most important factor in convincing Hamilton to make the change from a team that has nurtured him from his early teenage years.

“We want him to contribute much more than just driving a car, we want him to be a very integrated member of a team, we want him to contribute with the engineers, we want him to motivate the people, we want him to really become an intrinsic part of the team and I think that’s what appealed to Lewis,” he added.

Ferrari won five titles in a row with Schumacher in the early years of the century and Brawn won the drivers’ and constructors’ crowns in 2009. The team boss did not rule out replicating such success.

“I believe that we can go forward and with Lewis and Nico Rosberg we can enjoy the sort of success that Ferrari had in the 2000s,” he said.

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  • Vene

    No schumi no success

  • fsdsdgsdg

    I hate hypocrits like that! A few months ago all you would here from Haug and Brawn is that it was all up to Michael himself, it would be his choice. Don’t make me laugh, if you even don’t have respect for a 7 time world champ anymore. From the beginning I said it wouldn’t work, I didn’t understand his choice for Merc instead of Ferrari. Monty won’t take him back for just 1 year just because of that! (not because of Fernando but because he’s a traitor to alot of Tifosi) I would personally like to see him at Ferrari again, but who am I.

  • Tifosi

    28th September 2012…a day that would be remembered forever in history of Motorsport for the following:

    Hats off to the Mercedes AMG Petronas team to pull off possibly the biggest Driver coupe in recent history…

    Mercedes AMG Petronas…Thankyou for basically elbowing out the Great MSC …good going. You would never be forgiven for what you have just done…remember this …Schumi had done a big favour when he signed for Mercedes..He had put his reputation as the ‘Greatest Driver Ever’ at stake, but you gave him a car that was never competative..It was very painful for all us fans to see Schumi failing because of the car.. We just respected Merc because of Micheal..If it were not for Micheal I bet you would not have the fan following you have currently..You would have been there somewhere competing with Marussia or HRT .Its a shame that the team has given him the worst car that he has ever driven. It is the greatness of Schumi that he never stopped motivating the team. That is what makes great dirvers not just a driver who can drive, unlike the one you just adopted. You think Hamilton is a great driver. On track he could be but he does not have the nack of motivating the team as good as Micheal did always, be it Benetton or Ferrari. If it were not for MSC the car would not have been even running as a Mid Level team for the past 3 years…

    Mr. Lewis Hamilton congratulations on signing up to basically go nowhere for the next 3 years….probably for a few more millions you have dug your own grave…I am actually very unhappy at the situation because now Alonso would not have a worthy opponent on the track to fight other than say Vettle ofcourse but he needs a good car to do so just like KIMI, that is where there is a diffrence between drivers like MSC or currently ALONSO…that ability to always pull out more that what the car can produce whether it is a good or bad vehicle…you come under the Vettle category…

    You think you are doing something like Micheal did when he got into Ferrari in 1996, but remember Micheal did it all in a planned move, it was not a sudden change from Benetton but a process in which he knew the team could be developed into a potentially winning combination…but even that took him 4 years to get the championship finally….and also at that point it was a known fact that Benetton was only to go downhill as it sure did…unlike Mclaren who well are Mclaren..enough said…I only hope that you have planned it out likewise or you might as well kiss even imagining race victories goodbye let alone winning championships…I hardly understand the point of a switch you backstabbing prick..You are ditching the people & team who got you here, made you what you are & those doors would forever be closed from now…

    A few tips I would like to give is stop whining every-time the car is not good or something bad happens …stop twiterring your shit after every-race coz that does not help…you have the chance of a fresh start and I hope you capitalize on that…coz you have that zeal of a class race driver and that I know and appreciate..ALL the very best..

    Finally my idol MSC …remember that we, your fans are always there by your side to support you no matter what decision you make for the next year and the future. But if you can take my advise I suggest leave Mearcedes completely, please do not keep any associations with them on or off the track. You deserve far far more than what they have offered or rather taken away from you. There is no future with this team …they are backstabbers just like the one they have adopted yesterday…there is no future than well financially with them…& we know better you are not about that….
    Also, I would suggest you shift back to Ferrari if you wanna keep racing in F1, I am sure the guys are waiting for you with open arms…..a drive in 2013 with the prancing horse would be the ideal way to end things..ofcourse it makes sense only if Fellipe were not to continue…but that is still to be decided right…
    Please refrain from getting into any of the lower run teams …
    You have nothing more to prove to anyone. You would always be a true champion, a class driver that any team would always aspire to have..
    Good Luck ….take care…

  • MoneyR

    @Tifosi

    That’s a lot of blabla-hate. You don’t know what drives Hamilton and his decisions, neither do I. I see a lot of people commenting about Hamilton being a moneywolf. At the same time I read MW stating that they offered Hamilton more than anyone else earns in F1.

    It’s okay to be frustrated at mercedes for “ditching” your idol. (Micheal was aware of every stage of the contract negotiations between Hamilton and Mercedes) But this is no reason to be hating on Hamilton. Loyality has it’s breakingpoint too. Yes, McLaren gave Hamilton a lot, but this goes in 2 ways..

    Hamilton got where he is now, because of his capabilities too not just Ron Dennis or McLaren.

    I really hope Hamilton & Brawn prove to a good combo to shut all the haters.

  • Tifosi

    @ MoneyR

    ok I get your point but read the article more carefully..this is what Dieter said…
    “We had a good time with Michael Schumacher,” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told Welt newspaper, “however we did not achieve the goals that we set ourselves. That was the requirement for a contract extension.”

    Now am sure the goal was to make Merc a winning combination…ok that did not happen….but it is not only MSC the reason for that..also Merc has come back to F1 after about 6 decades as a fully owned team..buying Brawn who were champions then…hence they slipping down means that there is a huge imbalance within…not just MSC is the cause..

    Infact MSC never compalined or ridiculed the Team in the past 3 yrs even once…he only motivated them at all stages ….and please he definitely has what it takes to take the team futher…Hamilton could be the next MSC I dont deny that…but his time at Mclaren has only been about bitching around how bad the team is on various occasions..It is about the Driver standing up for the team during the worst of times that makes the mark of a great driver…consider Alonso or even Massa …if u dont wanna consider MSC …my point is only that ..LH needs to step up to the cause ..which would have been better done at Mclaren than running away to Merc…
    That’s just my opinion…

  • Hawk

    @MoneyR
    I am with u on this one. You see some of these morons like Tifosi think they know F1 more than Bernie, Lauda, Whitmarsh, Haug, Brawn, MSC, Alonso and Lewis himself. These are the guys who have been following this deal. MW is not a fool to try and break the bank to retain Lewis when he knows very well that he has JB and will get Perez and Telmex in Lewis’ place! Mercedes the brand and the company and Haug are definitely not fools. By signing Lewis and breaking the bank in the process, and signing the Concorde at the time when they threatened to pull out of F1 they must have weighed their options very well. The Concorde and Ham signing were all related which brings me to say that Bernie must have played a part. It was in Bernie’s interest that Lewis signs. Mercedes has wasted 3 years, they need to move on, that’s why they wanted to pull out. They were very unhappy. Fresh blood now. If Alonso says that it’s only him and Ham who can drive a bad car, then who are you dimwit to say otherwise? Do u know more? We are tired of you hateful old timers. Go with MSC since you are stuck in a time warp. F1 is entertainment not to be clouded by such hate spewing retards. GO GO GO we are tired of you. And btw McLaren is typically British, very cold, nothing like a family. They have lost a lot of staff to the paddock.

  • MoneyR

    @Tifosi

    It’s like you’re blaming Hamilton because Mercedes “got rid off” Schumacher. What did you expect then? Schumacher had a clausule, all he had to do is make use of it. He did not, therefore Mercedes decided to look for an AVAILABLE topdriver. Did you expect them to wait untill they had nobody left to sign when Schumacher would have decided to quit?

    Mercedes is a corporation, not only Brawn got things to say. I have a feeling that MSC-fans are trying to look for a black sheep.

    I actually hope MSC keeps on going in F1, but let’s not hate on Hamilton.

    Mercedes are well aware of what they are doing, so does Lewis. Signing the Hamilton, and the concorde agreement. I think there are things we don’t know. That’s what happens in a multi-(b)million industry.

  • Tifosi

    @Hawk & @MoneyR

    MoneyR
    Please try to understand I have never blamed LH for MSC being left without a drive at Merc…yes it is MSC as well who has brought this on himself…
    I respect LH for the Driver he is …all I have said is that LH has to sort a few issues such as the immature behavior shown by him over the years..this is not expected of a champion….when u have a bad day u need to understand that the team is having a bad day as well…calling them names in various press and then the next day saying ohh am sorry really doesn’t help…if he says I wanna develope a team around himself ..well that’s fine…y then not do it at McLaren itself..it aint as if they a Backmarker in the standings…MW has himself said that he feels the decision to leave was not the best LH has taken…Concorde agreement or whatever ..LH leaving has all the hints of his not having the best of rapport within the team…believe me I know a couple of people within the McLaren garage(friends of friends) and they don’t seem to be that interested with him anymore…

    Hawk
    I don’t think MW or rather McLaren would have a problem paying LH what he wants or rather deserves…MW has already said so about matching or bettering the offer of Merc ….
    You talk about MW having JB & Perez…JB could probably pull of a good race here & there but winning the WDC or WCC would need him to have a car he had in Brawn..Basically better than anyone on the field…he definitely does not handle pressure well as say currently LH or Alonso..
    Perez has not been tested yet..not everyone can pull off a LH or Vettle in their first or second year with a Leading team as McLaren or RB..
    & about Telmex..well what was wrong about the earning to McLaren from LH currently+ u have a definitely good driver…..
    it’s just that Perez was the only best option available to them at the moment…think about that…..I hope for McLaren he turns to be a gr8 find…
    From what I understand LH was basically brainwashed by his management to sign with Merc…He has not really been in a position to make good career decisions all by himself to be frank…Merc would give him a lot more exposure to further the Hamilton brand…
    You talk about entertainment…is it really entertaining to see a driver such as LH to be fighting for some midfield points coz he does not have a good car or for McLaren to fight for midfield points coz they don’t have a good set of Drivers just because either parties want to sign a Concorde agreement or not break some bank….even Bernie knows better than that…& moreover to be frank Merc does not really need to be in F1…if they did they would not have left in the first place..well not considering being engine suppliers of course..
    look if you think it’s only entertainment for which you look into F1 & the above is ur mindset…then you might as well look for that in the before and after parties of F1 than the race itself…those are quite “Entertaining” as well mate…
    All am saying is I don’t understand the logic in shifting to Merc just coz LH wants to start building a team around him & take them forward …it would definitely have been much better to do that @ McLaren itself…who I think could offer far more than the “History in Merc” that LH keeps mentioning about..Infact I would feel bad if things don’t turn out to be good for LH at Merc…it would be about losing another Champion to better advertising campaigns…

  • Hawk

    @Tifosi
    It’s useless for one to start bashing their heads for such a simple thing as switching teams in sport. It happens in football and basketball, a lot. LeBron James moved. Ashley Cole moved. The Arsenal boys moved to a promising Man City. Robin Van Persie to Man Utd. Alonso back to a limping Renault after 1 yr with McLaren. And life goes on. Nothing like regrets or looking back. Do not think that teams like McLaren should have a monopoly of the good drivers. Mercedes deserve a good driver too. It would also be cowardly for Lewis to think that he will die in the comfort of McLaren. At the right price he should welcome the challenge. Quite brave and mature to switch teams. We now wait for Vettel,
    and sure that time will come. Truth be told without Alonso or Lewis you will not really know how good or bad your car is. If either of them was driving the Lotus it would have had at least 2 wins. Or imagine if the Ferrari had Massa and Webber or Button, it would have been consigned to the heap. So thank Lewis for the interesting move. We will see what he’s made of to drive a not so good car. And opening up a good drive for Perez. Will he stand up to the hype? How will he fare alongside Jenson? Now that’s entertainment.

  • Tifosi

    @Hawk
    please don’t try to move away from whats been discussed..LH going to Merc is his choice & however I feel about it ..I ultimately respect that…and don’t please bring in Football or Basketball into F1…you mean to say that Vettle should switch from RB just because he must win a WDC with another team to prove himself…that’s absurd mate…
    Just refer to the below…Again not disrespecting LH ..plz understand that my friend..

    @MoneyR & @Hawk…

    To the recent comment about unrest within the Mclaren team towards Hamilton, please refer to this Weblink…you will have to translate it but it basically states clearly about the dislike from the Mclaren garage towards LH..

    MoneyR u talk about LH not bitching…please refer to the few following yallaf1 weblinks : I would be able to get you a 1000 more of these if u so require…

    Not to mention the recent Twittergate incident…

    Mate with this I have only reached upto the Belgium GP…just imagine what follows even before that…

    Seriously you think this is supporting your Teammates…you should be out of your freaking mind mate…

    these are a few ..if you truly follow F1…like an “old timer” like me …you would know very well what LH has been upto in the past few years except the first couple of years of his joining MclarenF1..enough said…

    Please refer to my comment further below to answer your other comments mate…

  • Tifosi

    Ok Weblinks dont seem to be accepted in comments here …they are as below…just put in “www.” before them..
    spiegel.de/sport/formel1/formel-1-mclaren-pilot-lewis-hamilton-zwischen-genie-und-wahnsinn-a-854807
    yallaf1.com/2012/09/10/dark-days-for-hamilton-and-mclaren-despite-monza-victory
    yallaf1.com/2012/09/20/hamilton-you-need-a-team-that-doesnt-mess-up-pitstops
    yallaf1.com/2012/09/19/hamilton-im-kind-of-like-whats-going-on-whats-going-on/
    yallaf1.com/2012/09/09/hamilton-i-learned-from-fernando-but-i-havent-learned-from-jenson

    Refer to my comments below then…my apologies

  • kmr-galatasaray

    season has passed with “we’re talking to Schumi for beyond 2012″ talks, just lies. mr. brawn again shows all of f1 world that he has not a credible person and he’s all plans and tactics are just playing tricky games. Schumi’ 1st career performance has polished brawn but it could be been that he’s not a good friend and a creadibly tream chief. remember ?stanbul 2006, brawn’s pit choise destroyed Michael hopes of victory and thus this led Schumi’s decision to quit at the end of that year.

  • Lauda Fan

    Of course this put added pressure on Schuh (which we knew nothing about till now). Oh well, he certainly had his share (91 wins, 68 poles!) gimme a break. He dominated F1 to the point where I was sick of the sight of him – can you imagine. But something in me wanted to see him reassert his dominance; in short for the 1st time I became a fan. I really wanted him to go back out there and whip the asses of the current generation of drivers. Not to be. So I’m sorry to see it end this way. F1 plays no favorites and has no respect for anybody. It’s a brutal, brutal game…

  • Nichole

    Well said Tifosi, it is not Michael’s fault that merc did not do well.
    It is the rubbish car they produced. Brawn is getting old and only thinks of himself, he is the one responsible for bringing micahel back from retirement. He too is a liar and a money grabber. Did they willfully make problems with his car so that they could get rid of him, Haug has always been in conversation with lewis and his pussycat doll. Haug has always been a Mercedes guy and lewis was always part fo that. Also merc are trying to get Mclaren secrets and they have the fastest car. Lewis will be able to provide them with valuable info. So could michael provide merc info to another team. Brawn came to fame due to Michael. Lewis will always be a spoilt little boy, man my foot according to DC. Real men dont wear black studs in their ears.

  • C’mon

    @Tifosi…. i stoped reading after this load of cra*
    “like MSC or currently ALONSO…that ability to always pull out more that what the car can produce whether it is a good or bad vehicle…”

    Ok that is bullsh*t… How come then Rosberg scored more points then Schumi in previus 2 years?? I mean all drivers are compered by one thing. This one thing are championship points at the end of each race…. And don’t tell me he was getting warmed up after 3 years not driving. I mean a man of his caliber needing 2 full seasons to get back to track?? Get serious… Michael is a great driver but no better then most F1 one drivers around him. Give any driver a 1-2 sec faster car per lap and he will win WC. He can thank Ferrari and the team around him for the 5 championship titles with Ferrari.

  • Tifosi

    Congratulations Michael Schumacher to a legendary career.

    Races have gone by, tires have burnt out, history has been created, the engines you drove roared with vigor and passion, winning championships with great performances had become a habit and you truly show that ever rising motivation to reach great heights with the teams you were in.
    You have grown stronger with every race inspiring the team and fans around you. No one may match the records you earned.
    Seen as an idol who has kept concentration and comfort all way long to glory.

    There have been times where things have gone bad but also recovered to prove again the mark of a Legend you had in yourself. Whether it be Belgium, Monza, Suzuka or Germany… you have made the best use of the hardwork that you and your team do on those precious cars driven anywhere.

    I admire the never give up attitude you have.You will always be remembered as the greatest driver of all time and my inspiration.
    Will miss you.You are Legend.

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