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Brawn to take step back?

Ross Brawn to take on new role with Mercedes next season and to have his skills limited to a 'precise area', Autosprint speculates.
Ross Brawn's reign as team principal at Mercedes Grand Prix could end in the next few months, it has been claimed.

According to reports on Autosprint, Brawn's influence may be limited to a 'precise area' in 2011, as part of a management re-organisation.

The speculation follows comments by the 55-year-old in Korea last weekend when he said that he wants to continue working with the German manufacturer in the future, but 'maybe not have to go to 20-odd races every year'.

If there is any truth in the stories is uncertain, although recently Brawn dismissed rumours of a rift with Mercedes' Norbert Haug and talk he might quit the sport altogether [see separate story - click here].

"Norbert is an old friend of mine and we are both frustrated with the results - but not with each other," Brawn assured Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper prior to the Korean GP, "There have been no arguments.

"The relationship with Mercedes is hugely important [as] it brings financial stability. Not necessarily in hard cash terms, because it is not a lot, but in terms of the brand. It gives our partners, like Petronas, added value to being part of the team, [and] we've now got the funding in place for the next five years.

"Are there any negatives? Yes, I have to go to a board meeting four times a year, which I didn't have to before, but I can assure you Mercedes are not interfering with how this team is run. They are not happy with the results, the same way I am not happy with the results, [and] I owe it to them to show them how we are going to improve the situation."

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Sunday, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
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Friday, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
Ross Brawn, Team Principal, Mercedes GP

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Mojo Jojo

October 30, 2010 10:49 AM

Actually, it will be bad news all around - not just for Michael. In general, all of F1 suffers when you don't see Ross at pitlane. I'm hoping he was not made a pawn to an inner Mercedes political struggle. I was kind of imagining Ross to be the modern-day Frank Williams, but alas, he made the deal with the MAN.

Oli - Unregistered

October 30, 2010 10:37 PM

People forget that this team was slashed on the engineering front after Honda quit, and prior to that it was a big budget team that continually under-achieved for years. The fact that it's Mercedes, they are reigning champs and they have Schumacher has made expectations rise but they are actually a small team compared to the Ferrari's and Mclarens of this world. Because the Honda was such a bad car in 08 they got cracking on the 09 car early and stole a march on the rest - and the double diffuser helped. But it was clear through 2009 the Red Bull were overtaking them and Ferrari & Mclaren were catching up. That has just continued this year and they will keep sliding backwards unless they invest in the technical team.

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