It was most likely inevitable that Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn was going to leave and his interview with Sky Sports a few weeks back shed light on the tenuous nature of the negotiations. He may have been looking California but he clearly was feeling Minnesota in that chat.
Niki Lauda was mentioned in a few articles about his efforts to keep Brawn but in the end, Ross is no man’s second man…or third. He’s in charge or he’s ghost like Swayze.
Before you throw rocks and bottles at Brawn for his trenchant position on the matter, realize he’s a title-winning machine who doesn’t just hope for better days…he breathes lightning and makes better days happen by simply being around a group of people with a chassis, a spanner and a will to win. Niki knows this but he’s outnumbered.
Mercedes may still be painting Brawn with a Brod Dugan color known as “slight failure” due to the lack of success with Schumacher’s return. That’s ill advised and I believe Niki knows that as well. No offense to Paddy