Brawn: I am still talking to Niki about my role in the team

Ross Brawn with Niki Lauda

Ross Brawn with Niki Lauda

Ross Brawn has this week added his own denial to reports claiming that he has decided to leave Mercedes at the end of the season and re-unite with Honda who will power McLaren in 2015.

Chairman Niki Lauda has already played down the reports, saying he is in negotiations with 58-year-old team boss Brawn, whom he would like to keep at Brackley.

But the big rumour is that Brawn has decided to leave because his obvious successor at Mercedes is Paddy Lowe.

Brawn is being linked with a move to engine supplier Honda, but the Japanese carmaker’s motor racing boss Yasuhisa Arai on Wednesday denied that.

“I’ve never heard of that and it is a surprise,” Arai told British broadcaster Sky. “I don’t think it will happen.”

Ross Brawn on the Mercedes pit gantry

Ross Brawn on the Mercedes pit gantry

Brawn added his own denial on Wednesday telling Auto Motor und Sport: “The situation is the same as it has been for the last few weeks. I am still talking to Niki about my role in the team.”

He was even more strident when asked about McLaren and Honda.

“I have not spoken a word with Honda or McLaren,” said Brawn. “My decision can wait until the winter.

“I’m not someone who makes a decision overnight. Should I look elsewhere, I would think about it very hard and consider the options carefully. It takes time,” he insisted.

AM&S said that Brawn, a keen salmon and trout fisherman, has not even ruled out taking a sabbatical.

“It would not be the first time,” he smiled. (GMM)

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