Jenson Button has expressed his 'surprise' that Mercedes might 'let' Ross Brawn go as he is the 'perfect guy to run a team'.
Button knows Brawn's strengths only too well, having working with him at Brackley in the team's guise as Honda and Brawn GP - JB of course winning the F1 Drivers' title in 2009 with the squad, before he left to join McLaren.
Brawn's future has been uncertain, however, ever since Mercedes recruited Paddy Lowe at the start of the year, and while there have been fresh reports this week he will leave at the end of 2013
, these were quickly dismissed by Mercedes F1 chairman, Niki Lauda
. Indeed Lauda said the reports were 'total rubbish', adding that he 'hates all this bulls**t'.
“He has achieved a lot, including world championship titles with three different teams - even one named after him,” Button told the official F1 site ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit.
“He is a great guy to work with, and when he walked in at Brackley the whole workforce gained a lot of confidence as we were having a difficult time back then. And it was definitely a quite emotional time when we won the championship with the Brawn logos all over the car. So for me it is clear that we will still see a lot of him in the future.
“For any F1 team it is beneficial to work with Ross as he is experienced and a very strong character. I am very surprised that they are letting him go at all as for me he is the perfect guy to run a team,” Button concluded.