"[Wolff] has been brought in as 'executive director', which sounds an awful lot like a Team Principal to me," said Kravitz. "Brawn is a very proud man and you can imagine that he might have taken Lauda's appointment above him in his stride. But having someone like Wolff, with much less experience, come in alongside must have been grating for the World championship-winning team boss."
But Brawn's position is a weak one given all that financial outlay for so little return on the race track. The 'double DRS' initiative proved a dead end, and the team has only one one race under the Mercedes banner - Nico Rosberg
clinching the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
- which is simply not seen as good enough for a company of Mercedes' standing.
"Lauda may consider that the 'new broom' philosophy should extend to more people than just Norbert Haug," suggested Kravitz. "The team is, technically speaking, top-heavy - with not only former technical director Ross Brawn as team principal, but also three other former technical directors in Bob Bell, Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa.
"That this is rather more technical directors than one team needs," agreed Kravtiz, describing Brawn's current role as "the conductor of an orchestra and a big figure - both physically and metaphorically - in tying the team together."