After months of speculation, the Mercedes F1 team have announced that Ross Brawn will leave his position of Team Principal at the end of this year. Brawn has been at the helm of the Brackley-based team since 2008, when they were Honda, and guided the squad through a championship-winning year in 2009 as Brawn GP. Mercedes bought him out for the 2010 season, and have been gradually reorganising the structure of the management within.
Replacing Ross will be Executive Director (Business) Toto Wolff, and Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe. Ross Brawn explains: “2014 will mark the beginning of a new era in the sport. We therefore felt this was the right time to simultaneously begin a new era of team management to ensure that the organisation is in the strongest possible competitive position for the years to come.”
Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both paid tribute to Brawn’s work, calling him a great leader. There’s no word yet on what Brawn’s next step will be.
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