The Mercedes team held a press day at the factory in Brackley today, which was eagerly attended by those wanting to know more about the speculation that Ross Brawn is on the way out, and Paddy Lowe from McLaren is on the way in. Brawn himself side-stepped a lot of questions about the specifics, but he did say: “I’m planning on being here a very long time.”
However, when asked if Mercedes planned that too, he could only go with “I hope so.” He clarified that he had talked to Paddy about the future, and it would be a long term succession plan to bring Lowe into the frame, although there is yet more rumours that McLaren are trying to negotiate to keep Paddy with them.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has also had to take a step back and see the bigger picture, reiterating that he’s in this for the long haul. He said: “It’s going to be a tough season, without a doubt... I hope this year we can be competitive. If we arrive at the first race and are in front, it’s going to be spectacular, but if we are not, we just have to keep working at it.”
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