Brawn rejects Mercedes exit rumours

24 January 2013 15:46

Ross Brawn has denied he is leaving Mercedes but conceded he has spoken to McLaren's Paddy Lowe about taking over as team principal one day.

Mercedes have undergone a management restructure heading into the 2013 Formula One season, with Toto Wolff joining from Williams to become head of motorsport activities, which sparked speculation Brawn could be on the way out.

But Brawn has quashed any suggestion he is leaving Mercedes, claiming he was the one to contact McLaren's technical director Lowe as a potential successor, while arguing Wolff will simply take over tasks he is not interested in.

"I am the team principal. I am in charge of sporting, technical and racing matters," Brawn said on Thursday.

"There is another side of the business that I don't want to get involved in, the commercial activities, (which) Toto will be doing (and) are complementary to what I will be doing.

"But everybody knows the only way a racing team will work is to have one reference, and I'm that reference."

Brawn revealed his discussions with Lowe were about a potential succession plan.

Mercedes are keen to keep Brawn long term but he will not sign a lengthy contract and so is looking to put contingencies in place, similar to how he exited Ferrari at the end of 2006.

"I know the situation completely," Brawn said.

"Mercedes want a long-term commitment and obviously with a lot of additions I want to see how things go before I make a final long-term commitment. So we have to have things in place.

"It's like my succession plan at Ferrari.

"When I decided I was going to stop at Ferrari, we built a succession plan and I am part of that, I've talked to Paddy, we know the situation. I'm planning on being here for a very long time."

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