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Brawn will call shots on pit wall - Wolff

ESPN Staff
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Ross Brawn: "I'm very settled" © Sutton Images

Ross Brawn will retain control of the Mercedes F1 team from the pit wall at race weekends this season, according to executive director Toto Wolff .

After it was announced that Wolff was joining the team's management alongside Brawn and non-executive director Niki Lauda, rumours emerged that Brawn could be edged out. Brawn and Wolff played down the stories, which also linked McLaren's Paddy Lowe as a possible replacement for Brawn, and the team principal has now said that he intends to stay.

"I'm very settled so I've got no problems at all on that front," Brawn said during testing in Jerez.

Wolff added that Brawn would be calling the shots at race weekends this year, with Lauda taking a backseat.

"On the pit wall everything will remain the same," Wolff said. "I think it would be totally wrong for Niki to get involved on the pit wall and equally for me. It is Ross's call and Ross's decision that is the team's decision."

Asked to clear up the exact role of Lauda, Wolff added: "He's a non-executive chairman, so that means he chairs the board and he's in a non-executive function. He guides us and steers us and gives us support, and where it's needed he gets involved."