I hope Brawn stays at Mercedes, says Wolff
22 January 2013 – New Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff has pledged his support to Ross Brawn ahead of the 2013 season, reacting to recent speculation that he was planning to replace the brand's Formula 1 Team Principal. The 41-year-old has insisted that he would like the acclaimed engineer 'to stay as long as possible' at the Silver Arrows.
"It would be foolish to talk about replacing anyone," Wolff said during a teleconference on Tuesday. "That is speculation in the media, I think I would be aware of that. Ross is there and he is part of the team. I hope Ross is going to stay as long as possible."
Wolff went on to discuss the increasing rumours that McLaren's Paddy Lowe will be joining the team, but refused to confirm if a deal has been finalised.
"Paddy is a recognised person in the paddock and has been with McLaren for 15 or 20 years," Wolff commented of the situation. "I’ve read it in the newspaper, that’s all I can tell you. Obviously in Formula 1 there is always a lot of speculation about personalities joining or not joining, but there is nothing I can tell you at this stage."
Wolff was confirmed as Mercedes-Benz's motorsport head on Monday. The Austrian, who holds a 30 percent stake in the Formula 1 team, will work alongside triple World Champion Niki Lauda, while Nick Fry's future as CEO is still being discussed.