Mercedes denies that Brawn leaving to join Honda F1 project
7 October, 2013
Ross Brawn will hand over the reigns as Mercedes team boss to Paddy Lowe at the end of this season, if the claim by Sport Bild is to be believed, reporting that 58-year-old Briton Brawn will possibly join 2015 McLaren engine supplier Honda, however, but Niki Lauda has denied the report.
“I don’t know where this story is coming from,” Mercedes team chairman Lauda told SID news agency. “Nothing has changed.”
Lauda did, however, admit that negotiations are currently taking place, but a decision will “definitely not” be made within the current season. He said thatMercedes wants to keep Brawn on board, “but of course it’s his decision”.
Brawn was the boss of Honda’s Brackley based works team until the Japanese manufacturer pulled out of Formula 1 at the end of 2008.
He led a management buyout, winning the title with Jenson Button as Brawn GP in 2009 and sold the team to Mercedes at the end of the season.
Brawn GP was bought out by Mercedes-Benz in November 2009 in a deal reported to be worth $ 176-million. Brawn, the majority shareholder, remained as team principal.
He and Nick Fry kept a 24.9% share in the new team, which was then sold to Mercedes in early 2011.
Correspondents Ralf Bach and Bianca Garloff said that Brawn told Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda of his decision to leave the team, in Korea at the weekend.
Sport Bild said that Lowe’s arrival this season from McLaren was a trigger for Brawn’s decision, as well as that he did not fully support the change of structure involving Lauda and Toto Wolff. (GMM)
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