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."