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Brawn to replace Whitmarsh as McLaren F1 team principal - reports

The Telegraph: "McLaren did not deny the reports [of Brawn taking over from Whitmarsh], but said they 'would not get involved in commenting on that kind of media speculation'..."
Ross Brawn is being tipped to replace Martin Whitmarsh and take over as McLaren F1 team principal in the wake of the announcement this week that Ron Dennis has been reappointed as McLaren Group CEO.

According to reports by British newspaper, The Telegraph, the paddock is 'awash with speculation that Brawn could end his sabbatical early to take over'.

“McLaren did not deny the reports, but said they 'would not get involved in commenting on that kind of media speculation',” the paper says.

It also added that Dennis received a standing ovation when it was announced he was returning to the helm on Thursday.

Brawn was linked to a number of positions last year as rumours intensified about his pending exit from Mercedes – something that was made official at the end of November - and in addition to McLaren, it has also been speculated he might go back to Ferrari or join Williams. A role with the FIA has been mooted too. Brawn though has said he won't make any decision until the summer.

“I did have a conversation with him but we were shooting together”, Dennis told BBC Sport last year when quizzed on the Brawn to McLaren speculation.

“We were having a chat and we're mature motor racing people so of course you're going to talk about life. But going beyond that, as you would expect, it's normal stuff. People probe around, the possible, the impossible. My understanding is he intends to take a year off.”

Meanwhile, former F1 racer, John Watson has said he is not convinced there is much truth in the reports.

“Ross Brawn, who left his post at Mercedes last year, is said to be among the leading candidates to replace Whitmarsh if he is forced out. While Ross may not be at Mercedes any more there are contractual obligations which might obstruct him from accepting a job at McLaren, and personally, I can't see it happening,” Watson wrote in an article for The Daily Mail.

“Ross is coming up to his 60th birthday shortly and whether he wants to get back into the maelstrom of Formula One is also up for debate. Would he want to return to the sport? I am not sure. I don't think it is likely, but then again I did not expect Ron to make this move either.”

“[Furthermore] with all that said, if Ron were to announce that he has appointed Ross Brawn as team principal that would draw everybody's breath.

"It would be a massive coup,” Watson concluded.

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15.11.2013- Free Practice 1, Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
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09.06.2012- Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP

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January 18, 2014 3:54 PM

I'm sure this is a done deal, Ron Dennis did'nt meet up a few weeks ago with Ross Brawn for afternoon tea he had a contract prepared for Ross to take a look at and run through. Ron saw the opportunity while preparing his coup back at the factory, things could'nt have fallen into place more easily, a top man becomes available just at the moment that you are preparing to get back in charge, it's a no brainer as far as I am concerned. The people saying he will go to Williams are well wide of the mark, why would Brawn go to a second rate team at this time in his career, he's always been at the top and I'm sure that's where he wants to finish.

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