Niki Lauda has dismissed reports that Ross Brawn has decided to leave Mercedes at the end of the current season.
Brawn's future at Mercedes has been in doubt since the hiring of Paddy Lowe from McLaren earlier this year and non-executive chairman Lauda admitted a few months back that he is trying to convince Brawn to stay with the team beyond this season.
However, BBC Sport claimed on Tuesday that 'Brawn and Mercedes have failed to reach an agreement on a role in which he would have been happy to stay at the team.
'Mercedes will now be run in tandem by their two executive directors, Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, along with non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.'
Lauda, though, has dismissed the report, stressing that the situation will only be resolved at the end of the season.
"The speculation is total rubbish," told The Times. "The situation is absolutely clear.
"I spoke to Ross a while ago and we agreed that he will come back to me after the final race of the season in Brazil to tell me whether he wants to stay or go.
"I am trying everything I can to encourage and motivate him to stay. I am the one who asked him to stay.
"I want him to do it but it is not my decision, it is his decision. If he stays he will be team principal - nothing else - or he will retire."
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