Brawn departure imminent

Thursday 28-November-2013 05:57

Mercedes are expected to announce this week that Ross Brawn will leave the team at the end of the year.

Brawn's future at Mercedes has been clouded in speculation for months with reports first linking him to a move to Honda.

More recently, rumours emerged suggesting that the Englishman could be set for a return to Ferrari after he held private talks with the Scuderia's current team boss Stefano Domenicali in the Interlagos paddock.

However, Mercedes have insisted all along that they are keen to retain his services despite bringing former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe with the aim of him eventually taking Brawn's role as team boss.

The timeframe for that, though, is set to be pushed forward with Autosport reporting that an "immediate handover to the new regime has now been agreed."

The motorsport website added: "Rather than remain on board to help with preparations for 2014, Brawn has instead elected to ensure a clean transition for the team so will step away from it completely."

The announcement is expected later this week.

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