Ross Brawn has admitted that he is slightly sad to see his name disappear from the Formula One entry list after just one - successful - season, but concedes that doing a deal with Mercedes opens up a whole new array of possibilities for a team that was on the rack just over a year ago.
Brawn GP left F1 with a 100 per cent record as far as titles were concerned, having clinched both the drivers' crown, with Jenson Button, and constructors' championship in its only season of competition, but Brawn knows that, having escaped the clutches of unemployment following the collapse of Honda's works entry, entering into another with the might of Mercedes could ultimately bring more success to his Brackley-based operation.
"It's a little disappointing [to see the Brawn GP name go," he admitted to the official F1 website, "It was a wonderful, very exciting, time, but I think this opportunity, teaming up with Mercedes, is so big that I definitely can live with a little bit of disappointment. To be part of Mercedes-Benz, with Mercedes' stability and security, and the support that we will have technically from Mercedes-Benz, means that I have little to regret about Brawn GP disappearing."
The former Williams, Benetton and Ferrari man revealed that, amid all the rumours of possible sponsorship deals for 2010, the chance of doing a deal with Mercedes evolved quickly once Button and the team had got into their stride.
"Things moved very quickly for us, from being a manufacturer team in November 2008 to being out of work in December and January, and then to having a new team in February and March," he reflected, "So there have been a lot of things developing.
"Once the idea started to mature of a Mercedes team, then it became more and more attractive because Mercedes clearly gave the right scope and opportunity with their engine facility. I could see there that they understood what was needed in F1, so becoming part of the Mercedes works team became very attractive, as it gave us security and a future.
"We started a partnership in December last year when they agreed to provide their engine to the team, [and] they were very supportive during that difficult time, which lasted several months, when we didn't know what the future of the team would be. As the team developed during the year, we informed Mercedes that we were looking for greater stability and some investment in the team to ensure its security. We really informed them as a courtesy and not as a move to go beyond the relationship that we had, but Mercedes came back saying that they would, at least, like to discuss what our objectives were and what our ambitions for the team were.
By then it was already mid-season and we started to discuss things from there. I knew that we were joining a partner who had a great understanding of what was needed to be successful in F1, [and] they gave us the possibility of running the team in the best way to try to win world championships."
Asked whether such a partnership would have been possible without the immediate success achieved with the BGP001, Brawn smiled.