There has been no comment from Mercedes as to the rumours that broke this morning regarding Team Principal Ross Brawn leaving the team at the end of the season.
BBC this morning broke the story that Brawn was to leave, a story which has been developing since Paddy Lowe left McLaren for Mercedes in February. Andrew Benson, the BBC’s chief F1 writer, and Eddie Jordan, former team-owner turned BBC pundit were the two men behind the news, claiming that sources close to the team revealed that Brawn had failed to reach a contract agreement for 2014.
Supposedly, Brawn wishes to remain the top man at the Silver Arrows but that can no longer be a possibility. If Brawn is to step down, the two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe would step up to manage the political and technical aspects to the team respectively, while non-executive chairman Niki Lauda will also hold a position within the team.
Mercedes have so far refused to comment, and say that they will continue to do so until the end of the season. Brawn was the driving force behind Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari championships, and took control of BAR Honda following their sudden departure at the beginning of 2009, renaming the team under his own name and driving them to a Championship in the team’s first season.