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Lewis Hamilton may not get chance to work with Ross Brawn at Mercedes with team principal facing possible exit

On his way? Ross Brawn’s future at Mercedes is the subject of mounting speculation Photo: GETTY IMAGES Drama has always closely attended Hamilton’s career and the 28-year-old has been at Mercedes barely five minutes — touring the facilities in Stuttgart for the first time on Monday — before a major bout of it reared its head. This time, though, it is not of Hamilton’s making. Reports emanating from Germany on Monday suggesting that Mercedes’ new head of motorsport, Toto Wolff, was attempting to prise McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe from Woking — a big enough story in itself — were followed yesterday by the claim that Lowe’s arrival could trigger the departure of one of the most successful figures Formula One has ever known. Ross Brawn has won roughly half the world championships on offer this century but there appears to be a real chance he will be forced out in Mercedes’ new set-up. Nick Fry’s future as chief executive is also looking decidedly dicey. Neither McLaren nor Mercedes did much to dampen the speculation yesterday, with Mercedes describing the reports as “highly speculative” and Wolff playing a straight bat to all questions in a teleconference. But Eddie Jordan, the former team owner turned BBC pundit, who first broke the news of Hamilton’s move to Mercedes, insisted Lowe’s appointment was all but done. “Paddy Lowe is going to Mercedes and it would appear that Brawn and Fry are on their way out, and Lowe will be there in a very senior capacity,” Jordan claimed. “Lowe won’t be technical director; he will be more senior than that. But he will not be called team principal either, because that will be Wolff. But Lowe will effectively be running the team on a day-to-day basis.” Wolff insisted that he had no knowledge of any such plan, stressing that he was new to the team and adding that he “hoped” Brawn would stay. But it was hardly the most robust denial. “Ross is there and Ross is part of the leading team and I hope Ross is going to stay,” Wolff said. “This is the current situation. If you look at Ross’s track record, it’s fantastic.” Brawn’s track record is not in doubt. Having worked alongside Michael Schumacher during all seven of his world championships at first Benetton…

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Posted by admin 23 January 2013

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