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Brawn staying put at Mercedes for 2014

ESPN Staff
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Ross Brawn says he has no plans to step down as Mercedes team principal at the end of the year despite the arrival of his supposed replacement Paddy Lowe.

Lowe came to the team from McLaren this year and is on standby to take over the reins when Brawn decides to call time on his career. But with a new engine formula for 2014 and Mercedes recent improvement in form, Brawn says he is not going anywhere soon.

"We're in good shape for next year. I wouldn't want to miss the fun," Brawn was quoted by BBC Sport. "This is a big regulation change - and the full package of the car; not just aerodynamics like we've had before. If you didn't start on it a year ago, you're in trouble."

Lowe, who made his first race appearance with the team in Silverstone, is prepared to wait until Brawn stands aside.

"Ross is team principal at the moment," he said. "We don't know how long he will want to remain team principal. Those plans aren't made. I have come in to strengthen the team in its existing form, which I can do. "There is a great deal to be done and I have already started to augment what we've got. What the future brings in terms of progression from there remains to be seen - it isn't set or defined at the moment. If Ross at some point wants to step up to something higher or step back then we will have the strength to react and respond to that and maintain a strong leadership. In the meantime there's a lot to do and I'm very comfortable with that."