Wolff plays down ‘Brawn out, Lowe in’ rumours

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Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2012In the round-up: Toto Wolff plays down rumours Paddy Lowe will join him at Mercedes with Ross Brawn and Nick Fry leaving.


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Mercedes want to replace Brawn (BBC)

Eddie Jordan: “Paddy Lowe is going to Mercedes and it would appear that Brawn and Fry are on their way out, and Lowe will be there in a very senior capacity.”

Wolff: No Merc changes for now (Sky)

Toto Wolff: “I haven’t been in Brackley yet I have had conversations with Ross. I admire what Ross has done but I need to understand the structure and what Ross has done.”

La F1 regresar??a a M??xico para la campa???a 2014 (La Universal, Spanish)

FIA vice president Jose Abed, who organised the last running of the Mexican Grand Prix between 1986 and 1992, aims to restore the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez next year, but says it will cot $50m.

Victorians pay millions for the right to host the F1 Grand Prix (Herald Sun)

“The overall cost of Mr Ecclestone’s licence fee – kept secret by four successive state governments for almost two decades – for the five-year contract is close to $170 million [??107m].”

Kubica to test DTM car but F1 a long way off (Reuters)

Wolff: “If the DTM test goes well and we see that he is doing well in a proper race car with downforce, I think there are still some physical constraints to drive a monocoque (single seater) chassis with his elbow and arm.”

Sauber: Rear Inboard Pull Rod Suspension (Scarbs F1)

“With these set-ups, all three teams appear to have found a small operational advantage and perhaps even a strategic benefit as they can alter the inboard suspension layout with resorting to a completely new gear case. It?s strange it?s solely the Ferrari engine teams that have found this solution, no other gear case I have seen powered by another engine manufacturer have seen this as a solution, despite some teams having run rear pull rod suspension since 2009.”

Raikkonen, Pic to race in Russia (The Moscow News)

“Formula One stars Kimi Raikkonen and Charles Pic are to take part in the annual Race of Stars on an ice track in Moscow next month, organisers said Tuesday.”

Winter wonderland: F1 circuits in the snow (WTF1)

“Some of the world?s best circuits covered in snow.”




Comment of the day

Chris (@Tophercheese21) has a suggestion for how the Australian GP can save money:

When the Victorian government says they want to improve the marketing of the event and cut costs at the same time (in no small part to Bernie charging a ridiculous amount to host a GP, which is why we?re seeing all these new Asian and Arabian races and fewer classic European races); I have one idea as to how they can cut costs and improve the event.

I went to the 2011 GP (From Perth), and throughout the entire w/e (before, during and after cars were on track) they had all these stupid sideshow “entertainments” like Motocross riders riding in a mesh ball, and jet skiers on the lake side doing back-flips, and other things of that nature.

And quite frankly, no one gave a stuff about them, and rightly so, they were completely irrelevant. Cutting those probably won’t save too much money, but some is better than nothing.
Chris (@Tophercheese21)

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63 comments on Wolff plays down ‘Brawn out, Lowe in’ rumours

  1. maxthecat said on 23rd January 2013, 11:41

    Big mistake to fire Ross Brawn in my opinion. I would think Lewis is fuming with all this happening and unsettling the team before the new car’s even out.

    Seems like Mercedes are trying to reduce their F1 bill already, not a good sign for the future.

  2. latina (@latina) said on 23rd January 2013, 11:42

    Too much drama at Mercedes. This doesn’t bode well for a team that wants to go out there and win races. They shouldn’t be having all these distractions 7 weeks to the first race of the season.

  3. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 23rd January 2013, 11:50

    I worry about the changes at Mercedes. First of all, there are too many changes. Is it simply a case of the results are disappointing so the coach has to go? Second, I find the changes themselves odd. Niki Lauda: what has he done over the past few years except make controversial criticisms of Hamilton? And what credentials does Toto Wolff have to replace the man who was behind 8 driver’s titles?

    I also wonder how Lewis feels about all this. He hasn’t driven a single kilometer for the team yet, and already two of the people he respected most at Mercedes, Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn, are gone or on their way out.

  4. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 23rd January 2013, 11:51

    EJ has become a specialist in reveling Mercedes stories ,the only way to stop him is to sign him with the team !!!!!

  5. What to you expect with Niki Lauda in charge? he’s already encouraged Haug to depart and now he is after Brawn’s scalp, I hope Ross goes to McLaren and sorts out their abysmal pit lane craft!

  6. “….. And what credentials does Toto Wolff have to replace the man who was behind 8 driver’s titles?”

    Uhmm, because he OWNS 30% of Mercedes GP?

    I see a bit of a local fight in these things happening atm. Dieter Mateschitz is based in Salzburg and Toto and Niki are Viennese. The capital trying to put the local back to its position?

  7. jochenrindt78 (@jochenrindt78) said on 23rd January 2013, 16:05

    Did Schumacher know this was going to happen and then decide to retire i wonder? Or was he just old…

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 24th January 2013, 17:28

      Seems they hired LH while MS was dragging his feet in coming to a decision and letting Brawn know about his future. ie. I don’t think MS ‘decided’ to retire as much as his hand was forced by the hiring of LH. And I think the fact that Brawn is still on the team this year, and it may only be rumours as to him leaving, means to me that MS couldn’t possibly have based his retirement decision on the chance that Brawn would be gone after 2013.

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