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Brawn set to leave Mercedes at end of season

ESPN Staff
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Ross Brawn will leave Mercedes at the end of this season, according to the BBC's Eddie Jordan.

There has been much speculation over Brawn's future this year after Mercedes' new executive director Toto Wolff brought in McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe with a view to him becoming team principal in future.

Originally, Brawn said there would be a "soft handover" in order for Lowe to succeed him, but in recent months Brawn has said he would like to stay as long as he remained the central figure at the team. Non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said in Japan that he wanted Brawn to remain but that the decision rested with the team principal after negotiations.

Jordan now claims that those negotiations failed to bring a successful conclusion and that Brawn will leave the team at the end of the season, with Wolff and Lowe running the team in tandem.

Jordan - the former team owner and now BBC pundit - was first to reveal Lewis Hamilton would join Mercedes last year.

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