How much Brawn is in Wolff’s and Lauda’s successes? The debate on the merits of the old Mercedes leadership in the successes of the new has been dragging on for years. Former team leader Ross Brawn relaunched the discussions when he settled heavily with Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda in his book written with Adam Parr. You would have put Paddy Lowe in his face without an appointment. He therefore accuses the two of being untruthful –he could not have trusted them.
Toto Wolff has recently satisfied himself with a variant that some quotes in this book were out of context. The line taken by many experts that Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn had laid the foundation for success does not even want to dispute it. Mercedes Chief Supervisor Niki Lauda, on the other hand, has a different opinion: The three-time Formula One World Champion connects the British to the team’s successes.
Brawn handed us a team that won fifth place in the World Championship years ago,”he says.”The team that won the fifth place in the World Championship has won the championship.” And look at this: When Brawn was gone, Mercedes immediately took second place in the designer’s value and then won the title three times in a row. That’s all I have to say.”
Lauda: Brawn did not want to work with Lowe
The difficult relationship between Brawn and Lowe does not want to deny the Austrian formula-1 legend: Thus, Mr. Brawn himself decided, not to work with the current Mercedes chief designer Paddy Lowe. I regretted that refusal. I would have liked to have continued working with him and Paddy Lowe, The tensions between the old and new Mercedes leadership are not just a dispute of fame and honor: Ross Brawn is repeatedly associated with top positions in the new Formula One management of Liberty Media and is even treated as a successor to Bernie Ecclestone. He is currently in a consultative capacity. For Formula One teams there would certainly be more pleasant candidates for such a post than someone with whom there was once a crash…