Johnny Herbert thinks Ross Brawn could renew partnership with Honda at McLaren
"I think there's a better chance of success coming," Sky pundit reckons
By Mike Wise. Last Updated: 30/10/13 5:42pm
Herbert - Brawn could join McLaren
Sky F1 pundit Johnny Herbert reckons that Ross Brawn could renew his partnership with Honda as McLaren team boss - assuming, that is, he leaves Mercedes.
Brawn's future as Mercedes Team Principal is currently the subject of intense speculation, with Sky Sports News sources understanding that he is leaving at the end of the current season.
However, reports have since emerged quoting the team's non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda saying that he is still fighting to keep the 58-year-old at the team.
If Lauda's attempts at persuasion prove unsuccessful then Brawn, who has won world titles with Benetton, Ferrari and his own Brawn GP outfit, is sure to become a target for rivals.
A sabbatical has been mentioned, as has the possibility that Brawn might take a role within the FIA. According to Herbert, though, McLaren could make an ideal destination given his links to their returning engine supplier, Honda.
Brawn ran Honda's F1 team - which he subsequently took over - prior to their F1 exit in 2008 while McLaren announced in May that they will once again use power supplied by the Japanese manufacturer starting in 2015.
"Potentially, I think there's a better chance of success coming, especially when Honda comes," Herbert told Sky Sports News. "Then you have the relationship from when he was at Honda; of course, then it went to Brawn, but it was Honda who basically spent the money that got that package together.
"That success they had at Brawn, could be something through Honda, that they could actually bring together at McLaren as well."
It was rumoured prior to the Japanese GP that Brawn would play a part in the McLaren-Honda link-up, although that speculation has so far appeared wide of the mark.
However, McLaren did confirm at Suzuka that Red Bull's aerodynamics chief Peter Prodromou had agreed to join them.
Herbert added: "Of course, Martin Whitmarsh is there at the moment. He's been criticised quite a lot in the last couple of years, but then things have changed: the Honda deal's come along and they've got a good aerodynamicist who's coming along at the same time.
"They say there are more personnel coming on board as well - we'll have to wait and see exactly who they are - but that is a possibility of course."
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend - coverage begins with the Drivers' Press Conference on Thursday at 11am