With this year's Formula One World Championship tied up and just three grands prix left to go, we're heading into another game of musical chairs in the offseason. But while most eyes will be fixed on changes in the driver lineup for next season, one of the most important could be found in the top management.

Though several top strategists and engineers are changing teams, the biggest wild-card could be held by one Ross Brawn. For those unfamiliar, Brawn has orchestrated multiple world titles at Benetton, Ferrari and his own Brawn GP team before it was bought by Mercedes-Benz, from which he is now departing.

The impasse over contract negotiations reportedly came down to his role at the team after Mercedes hired Toto Wolff away from Williams and Paddy Lowe from McLaren to split the role of team principal previously held by Brawn. Team chairman Niki Lauda apparently wanted to find a way to keep Brawn on board, but with authority now resting in the hands of others, the mastermind race strategist has now reportedly decided to leave.

With his successors already in place, the big question is not over what Mercedes will do without him – struggling as it has for the past four seasons to find its form even with drivers like Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg manning the wheel – but what Brawn will do next. Rumors have pointed to a potential role directing Honda's F1 engine program, but at this point anything's a possibility.


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      mikeymac
      • 1 Year Ago
      Merc struggling? They're in 2nd place in the constructors. Wtf are you guys talking about? they have in the past, but this has been their most successful season.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that's the case I wonder if Hamilton will leave the team.
        Autoblogist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        For what?
        mikeymac
        • 1 Year Ago
        @OptimusPrimeRib
        Little thing called a contract. Hamilton cant, and i doubt very much he would, just walk away.
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I don't doubt that Brawn will be leaving Mercedes at some point (the writing's been on the wall for some time now), nothing about this story is official. At this point, it's all something that Eddie Jordan decided to open his mouth about and spread rumors. Granted, he was the first to call Hamilton's move to Mercedes, but still...until an official statement is released by Brawn and/or Mercedes stating as such, this is just another rumor in my book.
      kimidam
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's always sad to see great personalities leave anything. I've been an ardent fan and an admirer of Ross Brawn and I hope he continues to have some sort of an active role in F1. Many drivers wouldn't be where they are without him and his contributions to the sport, in general, is immense.
      Steven
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love to see him go to Williams.... Sad to see how far that once great team has fallen.
      Moosetang
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda F1? Bah, if he's going to just manage an engine program I wish it would at least be something more noble like getting Cosworth back in F1. Maybe he and Niki should both leave and found a whole new team.
      BDokepken
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't say Mercedes has been struggling this season as they are currently second in the constructors championship.