Feb.1 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Mercedes can cope without its current team boss Ross Brawn.

Ross Brawn, Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal
Ross Brawn, Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal

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It has been rumoured Briton Brawn could be pushed out of the Brackley based team altogether, or confined to a merely technical directorship, in the wake of the arrival of Austrian chiefs and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.

Ecclestone told F1 business journalist Christian Sylt: "They have got Toto there and they have got Niki. That will probably be enough."

So far, Wolff has said Mercedes wants Brawn - in a "technical role" - to stay, but also in question is the future of the team's chief executive, Nick Fry.

Already departed, after a 22-year Mercedes tenure, is Norbert Haug.

"I think the system at Mercedes needs to work," Wolff told cityam.com.

"If you have more good people it is not bad news but I think everybody needs to understand what his role and position is."