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GP Week : Issue 174
w BRIEFLY » When it emerged that Niki Lauda would be joining the Mercedes board as a non-executive director, the F1 rumour mill began to swirl with the excitable but unrealistic news that Ross Brawn was in the process of being managed out. But Lauda has poured water on that particular fire, confirming that displacing Brawn had never been on the agenda. “It’s not even been discussed,” Lauda said. “Ross has not been in danger and he never will be. He’s the boss. I’m just the head of the supervisory board. I just have to look at everything and ask, ‘What are the strengths, what are the weaknesses?’” Speaking to the media in the Yas Marina paddock on Friday, Brawn asserted that Lauda’s presence would not affect his own role as team principal. “No, no,” Brawn insisted. “I’ve just a got a new chairman. I had one before; I’ve got a different one now.” » While the early part of the 2012 F1 season was filled with talk of a partial flotation on the Singapore stock market, the global financial situation saw the plans put on the backburner until 2013. But speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi this weekend, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said that even next year would be premature for the IPO. “The market's going to take a little bit of settling down, I think,” Ecclestone told Reuters in the Yas Marina paddock. “I think we ought to forget about it for next year. In my opinion we ought to [forget about trying a flotation in 2013]. I should think by 2014 the world will have sorted itself out a little bit better.” While Formula One drivers are often criticised for their sponsorship-friendly personas, which reveal little of the real man beneath the helmet, Lewis Hamilton tends to be criticised for displaying personality. Over the past few years, the 2008 world champion has become better known to the world at large for his popstar girlfriend, Hollywood and hip-hop friends, and the odd Twitter gaffe than he has done for his performances behind the wheel. But that image could not be further removed from the gentler soul known to those in the paddock, one who undertakes charitable work of his own volition and without the need for constant adulation. After the Indian Grand Prix the McLaren driver chose to stay in the country to raise awareness for the plight of Indian street children. Hamilton is a UNICEF ambassador, and he takes his duties seriously. “I’m staying here for a couple of days to do some work with UNICEF in India,” Hamilton explained in Delhi. “I’m taking a flight tomorrow to an outskirts area to raise awareness of some of the hospitals out here and the malnutrition of some of the kids. “I’m a little bit nervous about it because it was such a huge shock when I went to Manila, in the Philippines, so I can imagine here that it is going to be worse,” he continued. “In Manila they were all kids on the streets, as they will be here. But over here, perhaps, they're more malnourished. “In this day and age, when you can build a circuit for whatever this cost [Buddh International Circuit cost an estimated £300 million to build]... If you can do that, if there is money like that in the world, and there are billions being made, I don't understand how it's possible that people are still starving on the streets.” It was a different side to the love-him-or-hate-him driver, who is often berated for his flashy public image while his good works are ignored. “I love kids,” Hamilton added. “I just want to see if I can lift some kids’ spirits. It’s no sweat off my back to go and help some people like that. They are far, far, far less fortunate than I am or anyone of us are. It’s so minuscule, and it should be done more. That's why I’m doing it. And I want to do more work with many more charities in the future.” THE SOFTER SIDE OF LEWIS F1 >>> NEWS 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: