Ecclestone hints that Mercedes can live without Brawn 1 February, 2013 Bernie Ecclestone with Ross Brawn Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that Mercedes F1 team can survive without its current team team principal Ross Brawn. It has been rumoured that 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 that 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 cityam.com. “If you have more good people it is not bad news but I think everybody needs to understand what his role and position is.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsMercedes and Red Bull surprised by gap in HungaryMercedes: We enjoyed two trouble-free sessionsLauda: We have never talked with VettelMercedes backtrack on Brembo blame for Hamilton shuntRosberg: I don’t care about statisticsVettel: I think any offer has to be consideredAlonso: Mercedes has surprised everybodyHamilton versus Rosberg is much more than a title fightHamilton: I want to continue with MercedesVilleneuve: Hamilton will not be at Mercedes for long Speedo F1 can also live and survive better without the likes of one Mr. Bernie Ecclestone. Utter disdain and contempt from the old coot coefficientf1 Interesting this. Ferrari wanted Ross back after his sabatical but as technical director and not team principal as Ross desired. They must have felt Ross’s strengths were not in management but technical leadership and so the 2 could not agree terms. He then went to Honda who were in such disarray that he had no choice but to roll up his sleeves and get into the technical stuff despite the team principal tag. Now he has stepped away from the technical side of things his success has ended. Perhaps Ferrari’s assessment was correct and Ross needs to accept his strengths and play to them.