Lauda wants Brawn to stay at Mercedes
7 October 2013 – Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda says he hopes Ross Brawn stays on as Team Principal next season, amid increasing speculation about his F1 future.
Brawn, who has been at the helm of the Silver Arrows since it rejoined the sport as a full works team back in 2010, is not yet tied down to a deal for the 2014 campaign, and was linked to a Honda move over the course of the Korean Grand Prix weekend.
But Lauda has since made clear that talks are ongoing to retain the highly-rated Briton's services, with a decision not expected to arrive until the end of the year.
"I am in negotiations with Ross Brawn," three-time World Champion Lauda said in an interview with German news agency dpa. "There's no decision on how things will be in the long term. That's the situation. And that's been the situation for some time.
"My goal is clearly to retain him, but he will make the decision at the end of the year."
Mercedes currently sits third in the Constructors' standings, one point behind Ferrari.