The departure of the unflappable Brawn
means change for drivers Lewis Hamilton, Britain's 2008 world champion, and Germany's Nico Rosberg although neither will have been surprised by the news.
has also been calling the shots on the development of the 2014 powertrains for the last 18 months, as 1.
However, plans then changed a bit with Mercedes opting for a soft transition thus allowing the 58-year-old Brawn
to stay in control of his own destiny with the German team.
Hamilton added that it was a bonus to have Brawn
in the team because of how much experience he had and the success he had in his previous teams.
had been strongly linked with Williams because he is held in high esteem by its current technical director Pat Symonds, a former Benetton colleague during their title-winning years with Michael Schumacher.
Reports yesterday morning claimed Brawn
had failed to reach a satisfactory agreement with his employers over his role next season and would leave the team after the final race of the calendar in Brazil on November 24.
and Mercedes have refused to comment on the development, but a spokesman for the team did tell the Press Association that no decision on Brawn
's future would be revealed until the end of the season.
Although denied by Mercedes at the time, it is a rumour that will not go away until Brawn
confirms his intentions for the future, which he has so far declined to do.
might be the brains behind some of the biggest successes in the rarefied world of motor racing, but he remains an engineer at heart.
A year ago Brawn
celebrated a momentous victory at a time when he was in charge of his own team, with Jenson Button leading the way around the streets of the principality.
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be Schumacher's first race since coming out of retirement during the off-season and announcing he is leaving long-time partners Ferrari to join Brawn
established the team named after him for the 2009 season and won the constructors championship, while driver Jenson Button became world champion.
has revealed that natural progression meant it was necessary for him to pass on the ownership of his Formula One World Championship-winning team to Mercedes.
All those who know he won it all because of a saviour named Ross Brawn
REIGNING Formula One champion Jenson Button's future remains uncertain after Mercedes-Benz secured a controlling interest in his Brawn
GP team today.