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Lewis Hamilton facing career at Mercedes without Ross Brawn

By Jonathan McEvoy PUBLISHED: 20:39, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:42, 22 January 2013 Race time: Hamilton could be without BrawnLewis Hamilton’s dream of working with one of grand prix racing’s most revered figures hinged last night on  talks back at his old team, McLaren.Ross Brawn, a power behind  championship success at Williams, the definitive figure in winning titles at  Benetton and unforgettably at Ferrari through the five-title Michael  Schumacher era, and one of only five eponymous title-winning bosses in the sport’s history, when Jenson Button  triumphed at the Brawn team four years ago, waited cruelly on his fate.So did Hamilton at his home in Monaco.Brawn, 58, appears to have no future at Mercedes if the German team  exercise their will by bringing in Paddy Lowe, the 50-year-old technical director from McLaren.Lowe is sought by Niki Lauda, the three-time world champion who is head of Mercedes’ motor racing board and charged with turning around the  operation, to replace team principal Brawn as the team’s engineering leader.McLaren do not want Lowe to go. Not only is their pint-sized boffin respected for his work, but he is now the pawn in a Formula One power struggle: McLaren v Mercedes.So much so that the McLaren  chairman, Ron Dennis, yesterday opened up the famous company cheque book — the one that kept his then  brilliant designer Adrian Newey out  of Lauda’s, and Jaguar’s, clutches 12 years ago. A $10million-a-year deal (now worth £6.5m) and a four-day week was Newey’s reward for staying.Sportsmail understands that the figures in this instance are far less. Lowe earns around £600,000 a year at McLaren and could expect £900,000 at Mercedes.Dennis has offered Lowe  a rise but not so much that  it gravely distorts the  company’s pay structure. The argument was put to him that he might prefer to stick to purely engineering matters rather than involve himself in a wider role of hiring and firing and  balancing budgets. Lowe had not made his mind up as of last night. The irony is that if he leaves he would be reunited with Hamilton, who only this autumn left the team at which Lowe was a key figure.Lowe would form a double act at  Mercedes with 41-year-old Austrian, Toto Wolff. Sign of the times: Brawn could be on his way out of MercedesHe was named this week as Mercedes’ executive director, with responsibility for the commercial and political half…

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