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GP Week : Issue 194
EDITOR: Kate Walker firstname.lastname@example.org MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott F1 NEWS EDITOR Abhishek Takle TECHNICAL EDITOR Paolo Filisetti RACE EDITOR Trent Price CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Leigh O'Gorman BUSINESS EDITOR Caroline Reid PRODUCTION ARTIST Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Daniel Kalisz PUBLISHER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com .com WEEK If latest paddock speculation is to be believed, Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is set to leave the team at the end of the year after talks between the two parties about restructuring his role appear to have broken down. Brawn’s future has been the subject of much gossip and speculation since the start of the season, following a wholesale reshuffle of Mercedes’ management ranks that saw Toto Wolff take over as the head of the German marque’s motorsports programme late last year. Questions surrounding Brawn’s future only grew louder when it emerged that Wolff had lured former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe to Brackley with the promise of a high-profile role believed to be that of team principal. But Wolff and Brawn struck up a good working relationship while results on track also showed a significant improvement, prompting Mercedes – already packed to the rafters with technical and management bigwigs – to go with a gradual handover of power. BBC presenter and former team owner eddie Jordan – who was the first with the news last year that Lewis Hamilton would be leaving McLaren for Mercedes – reported that talks between Brawn and his employers have reached an impasse thanks to their failure to agree on a job description for the former Ferrari technical director, with Brawn eager to retain the authority he wielded as team-principal. “Any successful F1 team has to have a senior reference and that's the big question,” Brawn said at last month’s Japanese Grand Prix. “We need to make sure if I'm to remain here that I'm the reference.” Brawn, one of the most highly-regarded figures in the sport, is believed to have several options open to him should he leave Mercedes at the end of the season. A move to Honda to head up the Japanese carmaker’s Formula One programme on their return to the sport in 2015 has been rumoured, while the 58-year-old has also been linked with a move to McLaren. A role with the sport’s governing body the FIA, whose president Jean Todt is a close friend of Brawn’s from their time together at Ferrari, has also been mentioned. Meanwhile, Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda – who is keen to retain Brawn – rubbished rumours of the Briton’s departure. “The situation is absolutely clear – I spoke to Ross a while ago and we agreed he will come to me after the final race of the season to tell me whether he wants to stay or go,” the triple world champion told The Times. “I am trying everything I can to encourage and motivate him to stay. I am the one who asked him to stay.Iwanthimtodoitbutitisnotmy decision.” BRAWN TO MOVE? F1 >>> nEWs 7 GPWEEK.com // 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: