Ecclestone hints Mercedes can live without Brawn

Arrival of Wolff and Lauda at Mercedes cause rumors about Ross Brawn role and position.

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

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

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ross Brawn , Norbert Haug , Niki Lauda , Nick Fry , Toto Wolff , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Mercedes
Article type Rumor
Tags brawn, ecclestone, fry, lauda, mercedes, wolff