Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Reports suggest that Ross Brawn, the Mercedes team principal, will leave his post at the end of the current Formula One season, but his team has yet to confirm or deny the reports. Mark Thompson / Getty Images
Reports suggest that Ross Brawn, the Mercedes team principal, will leave his post at the end of the current Formula One season, but his team has yet to confirm or deny the reports. Mark Thompson / Getty Images

Mercedes keep quiet on future of Ross Brawn

Speculation looms that two directors could share team principal's role.

Mercedes-GP have refused to comment on speculation that Ross Brawn will step down from his position as team principal at the end of the campaign.

Brawn said earlier this season that he could walk away from Mercedes if he is no longer “top dog” at the team.

Brawn’s future has been the subject of speculation ever since Mercedes brought in Paddy Lowe from McLaren, who has been viewed as a potential successor to Brawn.

Reports yesterday claimed Brawn had failed to reach a satisfactory agreement with his employers over his role next season and would therefore leave the team following the last race in Brazil on November 24.

It was suggested that Mercedes would then be run in tandem by two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Lowe, along with non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.

A spokesman for Mercedes did not comment specifically on the story when contacted. He did point out that Lauda had already confirmed Mercedes will not announce anything regarding Brawn’s future until the end of the season, however.

Speaking at the Japanese race at Suzuka, Lauda said: “There’s no decision on how things will be in the long term. My goal is clearly to retain him, but he will only make the decision at the end of the year.”

Given Brawn’s impeccable record in Formula One, it is clear there would be many takers for his services should he depart.

McLaren have already been mentioned as a possible destination, although Brawn himself denied he had spoken to any other team at the start of the month.

Honda return as an engine supplier in 2015, and Brawn ran their previous F1 effort before the team took on his own name when Honda pulled out.

Brawn rose to prominence with Benetton in the 1990s, when he helped guide Michael Schumacher to his first two world titles. He then moved to Ferrari with the German, who went on to win another five drivers’ championships.

After a brief stint with Honda, Brawn set up his own F1 team, which was taken over by Mercedes in 2009.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament was kicking off at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday with plenty of excitement in store. Ravindranath K / The National

In pictures: IPL 7 kicks off in Abu Dhabi

The first match in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, was held at Zayed Cricket Stadium amid plenty of colour.

 Al Rayyan's Yakubu Ayegbeni, left, tries to escape the attention of Jazira's Khamis Ismail. Karim Jaafar / AFP Photo

Late strike qualifies Al Jazira for last 16 of Asian Champions League

A dramatic late goal gave Al Jazira a 3-2 victory at Al Rayyan of Qatar in the Asian Champions League (ACL) on Wednesday night and it was just enough to push Walter Zenga’s side into the knockout stages.

 Zayed Cricket Stadium had not witnessed so electrcic an atmosphere before Wednesday evening. Pawan Singh / The National

Packed house gathers in Abu Dhabi for Indian Premier League opener

In less than half a day, Zayed Cricket Stadium witnessed the force that is Indian cricket, with the sound drowning out the controversies that have dogged the Twenty20 tournament, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Lionel Messi of Barcelona looks down after being defeated during the Copa del Rey Final between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on April 16, 2014 in Valencia, Spain. David Ramos/Getty Images

Plenty of life still in Barcelona, says Gerardo Martino

Barcelona coach maintained his side can still return to their former glories after they were beaten 2-1 by a Gareth Bale-inspired Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

 Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton, left, and Nico Rosberg at the official press conference following qualifying for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 15, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Mark Thompson/Getty Images

F1: Toto Wolff says Mercedes have all the right ingredients in place

With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the wheel, Mercedes have so far dominated the first three grands prix going into this weekend’s fourth round in China.

 Sunderland manager Gus Poyet, left, reacts as Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini looks on during their English Premier League football match at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on April 16, 2014. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. AFP PHOTO/Andrew YATES

Poyet says ‘I am sure that Luis Suarez is going to be happy’ after Sunderland draw at Manchester City

Sunderland’s survival chances remain slim because now they face Chelsea away at the weekend but manager Gus Poyet insists they are not trying to benefit Liverpool or his fellow Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National