GPl Archives 10 April 2013 Issue #66 - Page 32

Hamilton was uncomfortable with the situation after the race at Sepang, saying on the podium that he felt Rosberg who won last year’s Chinese Grand Prix for the team should have been standing there instead of him. Non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, the retire d triple world champion who is also a shareholder in the team, also criticised Brawn’s actions which he said were wrong from a sporting perspective. “We need to talk to Ross, if this is the strategy to be used from now on,” the Austrian had said after the race. Brawn, who won both titles in 2009 with the team he then sold to Mercedes, said neither Hamilton nor Lauda were aware of the overall picture at the time and praised his driver for his sense of fair play. “Of course Lewis wants to race... in the contractual negotiations we had with Lewis, never was the issue of who was number one or two ever mentioned from his side. All he wants is parity,” explained the team principal. “He wants the same equipment, the same opportunity and that’s great that he’s got that confidence and approach that he doesn’t want favouritism. I think that’s why Lewis felt a little bit awkward about the situation.”