'Brawn to leave Mercedes after season'
29 October 2013 – Ross Brawn will leave his role as Mercedes Team Principal at the end of the season, according to the BBC. Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, both Executive Directors, and Niki Lauda, a Non-Executive Chairman, are set to lead the outfit forward.
Brawn's anticipated departure follows on from months of internal discussions over his long-term future at the Brackley-based team, with the aforementioned Lowe long being viewed as the Briton's replacement after joining from McLaren earlier this year.
But Mercedes recently stated that it wanted a "soft transition" at its upper ranks, with Lauda hoping to retain Brawn's services in a differing role from the 2014 campaign. Having made clear that he wanted to keep his position at the Japanese Grand Prix, Brawn has allegedly been unable to agree terms and is now expected to depart.
Brawn has been a fixture at the team since its factory Honda days, and led a takeover bid ahead of the 2009 campaign when the Japanese manufacturer pulled the plug on its Formula 1 efforts. He then guided his eponymous outfit to double title success, before Mercedes bought the squad and embarked upon its second works effort.
Brawn's future remains unclear, although rumours over the past few weeks have linked the 58-year-old to roles with Honda, McLaren and governing body the FIA.