Mercedes Technical Director Paddy Lowe insists that he currently has no plans of succeeding Ross Brawn as Team Principal of the Brackley outfit, adding that the team's executive management structure is performing optimally.
Brawn's future at Mercedes has been the topic of some fevered speculation ever since Toto Wolff was appointed as Executive Director and Lowe was given his current role, but Mercedes have made no secret of the fact that they haven't given up hope of convincing the Englishman to stay on past the 2013 season.
Speaking to Sky Sports at this past weekend's US GP, Lowe insisted that no tension exists between himself, Brawn and Wolff, and that no time-frame exists for Brawn's departure, should he decide to leave the team.
"There's been a lot of talk about this in the last few months, you're right," Lowe noted.
"The fact is that Ross will step back at some point. It's not clear what the timing is for that or whether he will step back completely or remain in a different role within the team. At the moment we're waiting for Ross's call on that.
"In the meantime, I'm working very well with Ross and with Toto, there's no issue there, we work very well together. I would like to say there's no impatience on that aspect, so we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out."
If Brawn decides to leave Mercedes, he would do so with the team in strong shape following a largely disappointing 2012 season. Currently, they are 15 points in front of Ferrari going into the season's final grand prix and are seemingly on target to finish second in the Constructors' Championship.
"Formula 1 is a very tough business and you can't build to championships from nowhere. Our target this year was actually to come third, so if we can get third or exceed third that would be meeting our ambitions," Lowe continued.
"We very much hope we can get second and that would be a fantastic platform from which to mount an attack for the championship next year. But we have tough rivals around us, so we're not underestimating how difficult that would be."