Brawn to leave Mercedes as talks regarding his role in team break down

29 October, 2013

Ross Brawn's days on the Mercedes gantry are reportedly numbered

Ross Brawn’s days on the Mercedes gantry are reportedly numbered

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is set to leave Mercedes at the end of the season as talks between him and his employers, regarding his role in the team’s future, resulted in a stalemate.

BBC’s Eddie Jordan and Andrew Benson wrote: “Ross Brawn will leave his position as Mercedes team principal at the end of the Formula 1 season. Brawn and Mercedes have failed to reach an agreement on a role in which he would have been happy to stay at the team, sources close to Mercedes have said.”

It is expected that the team will be run by the trio consisting of their two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, with non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

Brawn’s role in the team has been in the spotlight ever since Lowe’s defection from McLaren was announced in March, with many speculating that the team was top heavy with senior managers.

Paddy Lowe with Ross Brawn

Paddy Lowe with Ross Brawn

Shortly after joining the team Lowe told Auto Motor und Sport, “Ross is currently the team principal. We don’t know how long he wants to go on, but it’s his decision alone.

“I’m proud to work with a man who has beaten me many times in my career. In the meantime there’s a lot to do and I’m very comfortable with that.”

Prior to the breakdown Brawn told media, “I don’t know what role I’ll have in the long term. There are various options. I like the team, and the people.”

In July Wolff revealed that Lowe “works for Ross and he is fitting in perfectly.”

Mercedes and Brawn have not offered comment on the latest development. (GMM)

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  • George

    Yeah this makes sense. Let’s run Ross Brawn, a PROVEN championship winner with 3 different teams (4 if you count what he has guided MB to this year) out of the team to hand it over to a consortium of 3 guys who only have never run a team (I think Lauda was just the advisor at Jaguar) and are dumb enough to dump one of the best team principles in the pitlane. I wonder how long into the 2014 season we start to see the finger pointing and blaming on why the team isn’t achieving. Remember, they are going to finish second this year, so anything less has to be seen as a failure. I hope Williams hires Ross to help them turn things around.

  • F1 MAD

    Go back to Ferrari Ross and show them Fernando doesn’t need any energy drink to adjust the history books .

  • MightyK

    @George
    Thanx; saved me a lot of typing.

  • creepy Neighbour

    Please come back to Italy and deliver us from the under achieving Domenicali who is ever blubbering “….now we must go back and understand why the car did not perform as expected….blah blah blah blah…..” race in race out. We are tired!!!!!!

  • 9dF

    Bad decision by Merc, imo. Brawn will be snapped up very quickly. As George above mentioned, hopefully he goes to Williams

  • vincent

    sources close to Mercedes have said.” is that the best you can do?, sources close eddie jordan and benson over at bbc come up with a story and everyone is taking it as gospel and writing obituary’s for ross. i will wait till i hear it from ross or one of the antagonist’s mouth first all though it will be sad day if it comes to pass and possibly a big mistake on mercedes or should i say on wolff and lauda’s part/behalf.

  • Energydrinksarebad

    Please Ross go back to Maranello. They need you there.

  • bamza

    Hope he gos to Williams and helps them win again. Why would Merc swap a Racer for commitee of bean counters ? Remember Toyota anyone?

  • michaelmacarthurinMaine

    Right on George. Like him or not, it doesn’t matter. the man has a proven track record. Leave it to the bean counters to EFF up the team. No worries for Brawn though. He’ll get snatched up by another team before the ink is dry on his exit paperwork.

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