Friday January 25, 2013
Defiant Ross says he remains the boss at Mercedes
LONDON: Ross Brawn says he remains in charge at Formula One team Mercedes despite the arrival of Toto Wolff as executive director.
Mercedesí parent company Daimler have decided to shake up the management structure in the Britain-based team, with Wolff arriving from Williams and taking a stake in Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix (MGP) Ltd.
Three-time world champion Niki Lauda, a current non-executive chairman of MGP, will also acquire shares in the company, but Brawn is adamant that his authority has not been undermined.
ďToto is coming in and there is another side of the business that, quite frankly, I donít want to get involved in,Ē he said yesterday.
ďI donít want to get involved in the commercial activities and with the support we need to give Daimler on a day-to-day basis.
ďThere are a lot of things Toto will be doing which are complementary to what I am doing in terms of running the team.
ďBut you have to have one reference. Everybody knows the only way a racing team will work is to have one reference, and Iím that reference.
ďI am the team principal and I am in charge of sporting, technical and racing matters.Ē
Brawn was speaking on the day new driver Lewis Hamilton addressed his Mercedes colleagues for the first time at their base in Brackley, central England.
The 2008 world champion, who left McLaren at the end of last season, said he had been given assurances by Brawn that the 58-year-oldís role would not be changing.
ďI donít read all the stories that come out, but if Iíve any problems or I do hear any whispers then I can give him a call, which I did, and he set me straight right away,Ē Hamilton said.
ďWe already have that kind of good relationship. We have had a respectable relationship for some time now.
ďFrom the beginning I said Iíll always be blunt. Itís important we have an open relationship. Thatís the way best way to start and he was positive about that.Ē ó AFP