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Brawn’s Mercedes future in doubt again

Oct 29, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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Ross Brawn’s future as Mercedes team principal is in doubt again following fresh stories claiming he will leave the team.

The BBC reported on Tuesday that Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe will take over the running of Mercedes’ F1 team at the end of the season and Brawn will step down.

According to the BBC: “Wolff, the executive director (business), will now run the political and financial sides of the team, while Lowe, the executive director (technical), will be in charge of the sporting and technical aspects. Wolff is also the director of Mercedes’ motorsport operation.”

Brawn’s relationship with Mercedes has been the subject of season-long speculation following the recruitment of Lowe from McLaren earlier this year.

However Mercedes refused to comment on the report when approached by others for comment.

Brawn joined the Brackley-based team in late 2007 when it was owned by Honda. The team endured a troubled 2008 while Brawn focused their energies on preparing a car for the 2009 rules change.

When Honda pulled out of the sport Brawn and Nick Fry spearheaded a management buyout, secured a supply of Mercedes engines and, having renamed the team Brawn GP, won the constructors’ championship with Jenson Button claiming the drivers’ title.

Mercedes then took over the team but took until last year to win another race. They are currently second in the constructors’ championship after three wins and eight pole positions this season.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I’m sure Merc’s drivers won’t be too thrilled if Brawn leaves… I just hope there isn’t bad blood between Merc and Brawn as I personally would love to see Ross stun everyone and go to Williams!!!

    Though I bet Mclaren fans are smiling and hopeful he’ll join the Woking team since Ross has a great repport with Honda. The other rumour I’ve heard is that Ross will take a role within the FIA which doesn’t seem to make much sense to me as he’s most interested in being a team principal…

    Again, please Ross, join Williams!!!

  2. manik56 - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    This can’t be good for Lewis. He better make nice with McLaren or Ferrari real quick.

  3. worknman24hours - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    There are good reasons Brawn is leaving.

    He’s probably really tired of justifying every damn penny he asks for to make the cars competitive.

    And the choke hold Red Bull has on the sport isn’t helping him either.

    Mercedes is probably tired of having their axxes handed to them every race and looking for someone to blame.

    Ross is smart enough to leave on a high note and go elsewhere and win.

    • apexassassin - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Disagree entirely.

      Merc don’t want him on the pit wall and that’s why they signed Paddy Lowe. Ross wants to run a team and he’ll leave to do it if Merc are that stupid to let him go.

      As I said above I’d hope he returns to Williams but Mclaren seems more likely, consider Whitmarsh is hasn’t gotten the job done and the return of Honda being emminent. Though Ferrari proved they are willing to dig deep and swallow their pride as we saw with the their signing of Allison and Kimi…

      • worknman24hours - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        Hopefully McLaren is smart enough to snap Brawn up-they could sure use his help.

        Whitmarsh is shall we say, not working out.

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