Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

  • Standing 1st
  • Points 366

Mercedes Links

Niki Lauda insists Ross Brawn could stay on at Mercedes as Team Principal in 2014

Englishman's future with the team yet to be determined

By Mike Wise and Pete Gill.   Last Updated: 04/11/13 8:22am

  • Share:

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Niki Lauda has insisted that Mercedes are still doing all they can to retain Ross Brawn and a decision on the Englishman's position with the team will only be taken at the end of the year.

Reports earlier this week claimed that Brawn had decided to step down from his role of Team Principal following the season-ending Brazilian GP later this month. However, Mercedes are adamant that Brawn may yet stay on.

"It is very easy to say what I've said already 100 times: I want Ross to stay; I'm in agreement with him that after the Brazilian race, we're going to sit down in England in peace and discuss the future. It's very simple; it's no more, no less," Lauda, the team's non-executive chairman, told Sky Sports F1 in the Abu Dhabi paddock.

The uncertainty over Brawn's future has been widely attributed to the recruitment of former McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe earlier this year. Yet, amid suggestions that Mercedes are having second thoughts on plans to push forward a 'soft handover' of responsibility from Brawn to Lowe following a race-winning campaign in which they have comprehensively exceeded expectations, Lauda has vowed that Brawn and Lowe could live under the same garage roof.

"There are rumours around but I can tell one other thing that's important that nobody believes: when Paddy Lowe joined, there was no aggravation between Ross and Paddy Lowe; there was no aggravation between Ross and Toto Wolff; there's no aggravation between me and any of them.

"We're in a normal end race of the season, and we hope and fight for second place in the Constructors' Championship - at least that's my target, second is better than third. And then when the season is over, logically we all sit down and see what Ross wants to do."

Were Brawn to leave Mercedes, it's believed he could stay on in the sport either by taking on a role within the FIA or by joining McLaren or Williams.

  • Share:


F1 Transfer Gossip

Raikkonen coy on future plans

Kimi Raikkonen has cast fresh doubt on his future by refusing to clarify when he believes his stint at Ferrari will end.

Caterham confirm staff exits

Caterham have confirmed their new-look post-takeover management structure and the departure of a "number of employees".

Jules Bianchi with Nico Rosberg

Who's signed up until when?

A look at which teams already have their drivers signed up - and who might have vacancies - heading towards 2015.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Hamilton crashes out

Hamilton crashes out

Watch the moment when brake failure fired Lewis Hamilton into the barriers during qualifying.

Homes under the Ham

Homes under the Ham

Lewis Hamilton gives us a tour of his Mercedes home from home in the Hockenheim paddock.

Market trading

Market trading

Which teams already have drivers under lock and key - and which ones could have vacancies - for 2015?