Lauda: Brawn exit rumours bulls***
30 October 2013 – Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has dismissed reports Ross Brawn will leave the team at the end of this season.
According to the BBC, Brawn has decided not to stay on as team principal in 2014 with negotiations having ‘reached an impasse’, and as such he has come to the conclusion he has ‘no option but to leave’.
Lauda, however, has insisted that talks are still on-going: “I hate all this bull****,” Lauda told British newspaper, The Daily Mail, when asked for a reaction to the BBC story.
“The speculation is total rubbish. The situation is absolutely clear: I spoke to Ross a while ago and we agreed that he will come back to me after the final race in Brazil to tell me whether he wants to stay or go.”
“I am trying everything I can to encourage and motivate him to stay. I want him to do it. But it is not my decision; it is his decision,” Lauda added. “If he stays he will be team principal – nothing else – or he will retire.
“With a new car and new engine, all the changes next year, I hope he will not leave.
“Anyway, why would he decide to go now, when we are busy fighting in the constructors’ championship for second or third place? We are not putting any pressure on him at all,” Lauda continued.
Brawn himself meanwhile also seemed to imply recently that no decision had yet been made.
“There is a transition going on [after the recruitment of Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe]. We’re just determining what will be the best timing for that. I want the team to be in the best possible place for next year, so I think when the time is right we’ll let everyone know what we’re doing. But at the present time that’s all I want to say on the matter,” Brawn told reporters last Friday ahead of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.