Red Bull has taken an aggressive approach while building their new engine operation – Red Bull Powertrains. Not only have they pouched Ben Hodgkinson, the head of mechanical engineering at Mercedes High Performance Powertrains, but they have also taken five more of Mercedes’ senior staff.
At the Spanish Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis Hamilton was asked to comment on this small exodus.
“There’s obviously all this that’s in the background,” said the Briton.
“And I think I’ve got the best ally with Toto, who will be working to manage it in the best way possible.
“Without doubt, every individual that’s in our team is amazing and it’s not a surprise that everybody will want them. We’ve had a lot of success together.
“If there are people that have moved on, I wish them all the best. We all have to go through our own journeys and make our own decisions, which are right for us.
“But this is a huge team – it’s a big team and it’s not about one individual. Or even five. It’s about a collective.
“And we’ve got an amazing collective group of people that still remains solid and focused on winning this championship.”
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The seven-time champion was asked to comment on the off-track battle between Red Bull and Mercedes, that includes the exchange of various barbs and the aforementioned talent raid.
“Luckily for me, my job [means] I don’t have to focus on those things and I really don’t like… I’m really not about the whole psychological battle that people like to have.
“It’s interesting to see from the outside the little squabbles that people are having, the digs that individuals take.
“I’m just really about trying to be the best I can be. And I know that if I put all my energy into that, that I can do some great things.
“So, I don’t feel like we need to put anybody else off, or mess with their heads. My dad just always said ‘do the talking on the track’.
“So that’s what I’m about, and that’s what I do,” concluded Hamilton.