Wolff hints Lowe is to be Brawn’s successor

Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal with Toto Wolff (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1. Mercedes AMG F1 W04 Launch, Jerez, Spain, Monday 4 February 2013.

Toto Wolff with Ross Brawn

Toto Wolff, Mercedes director and shareholder, has given the strongest indication yet that McLaren’s Paddy Lowe will soon arrive at the team.

Briton Lowe is currently on ‘gardening leave’ after serving as McLaren’s long-term technical boss, but it has been rumoured he has accepted a more responsible role at Mercedes.

It is believed Lowe will eventually replace Brackley based Mercedes’ existing team boss, Ross Brawn.

“Based on last year’s results, Niki (Lauda) asked Paddy if he wanted to work for us,” Austrian Wolff told the German newspaper Die Welt on Saturday.

“Ross responded totally professionally and said ‘For three years I have not brought the results that were expected. Therefore it is clear that you would look around for a successor’,” added Wolff.

But while Lowe has already been removed from front-line duty by McLaren, Brawn – still one of the most respected engineering and management minds in Formula 1 – remains at the helm despite his apparently impending departure.

Wolff responded: “This is a very professional environment, with contracts containing confidentiality clauses.

“I do not believe that men of the calibre of Ross Brawn or Paddy Lowe go to their next team and just tell everything to the competition.

“I don’t think we need to worry about that,” he added. (GMM)

  • jeff

    Mercedes would be idiots to get rid of Ross. Then again to hire Niki Lauda was also stupid , and they did that.

    Ross Brawn will almost certainly reappear at another F1 team. My guess would be replacing Christian Horner at RBR, since recent events have shown that Christian isn’t anywhere close to being a team boss.