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GP Week : Issue 186
BRAWN: NO PLANS TO LEAVE MERC Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has indicated that he will be staying at Brackley next season as speculation surrounding his future continues to swirl. Brawn’s future with the team – which he has led since 2008, when the team was run under the Honda banner – has been in question since a management shake-up after three largely lacklustre years claimed the head of former Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug at the end of 2012. In January, former Williams director Toto Wolff was brought in as Haug’s replacement, while triple world champion Niki Lauda was brought in as non - executive chairman of the Mercedes Formula One team. More recently, former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe joined the team as executive director (technical) and the Briton had been widely tipped to replace Brawn as team principal in the not-too-distant future. Lowe was lured to Mercedes by Wolff, and it was rumoured that Brawn would depart once the former McLaren man took over. But Wolff and Brawn have a good working relationship, and the Austrian has left it up to the former Ferrari technical director to decide when to call time on his current role. Both the team’s improvement in form this year and the sweeping rule changes set to be introduced next year have tempted Brawn to stay. “ We're in good shape for next year. I wouldn't want to miss the fun,” Brawn told the BBC. “T his is a big regulation change – and [it’s] the full package of the car; not just aerodynamics like we've had before. If you didn't start on it a year ago, you're in trouble.” In other Brawn news, it has been rumoured that Honda, who are returning to the sport as an engine supplier in 2015, are keen for Brawn to head their Formula One programme. But the Mercedes team principal told the BBC that he wasn’t aware of any interest from the Japanese auto giant. “I don't know anything about that,” he said. F1 >>> nEWs 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: