Brawn to leave Mercedes as talks regarding his role in team break down
29 October, 2013
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.
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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