Ross Brawn is to leave Mercedes ahead of next season.
The F1 genius has been the subject of much speculation as to whether he would keep his role as Team Principal at the team, with Brawn wanting full control over the team while others wanting a divided management to ensure a smoother running. It was clear to Brawn that his preference was no longer a possibility and so he left the team.
The announcement comes as no real surprise as Paddy Lowe, who left McLaren for Mercedes last March, was thought to be brought in to be Brawn’s eventual technical successor. Now, the two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, will 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.
Brawn took control of the BAR Honda team at the end of 2008, changing the team name to Brawn, who won both Championships in their first season in F1. The following year, Mercedes were announced as the titular sponsor as the team hired the all German line-up of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher – Brawn having worked with the latter during his five Ferrari Championships.
It is unclear if Brawn has secured a role in another team for 2014.