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.
The problem is, as Brawn
remarked 10 months ago when speculation was first aired about his position, Mercedes were unwilling to allow him to be the "one reference" as he claimed to be and demanded.
Ten months on and Hamilton, without a world title since 2008, is now without one of the most successful men in F1's history as Brawn
has played a part in 16 world championship successes - eight drivers' and eight constructors' crowns.
"As individuals, we have to make the right decisions for ourselves and we have to respect whatever choices he [Brawn] wants to make for himself," Hamilton told media here on the confirmation that Brawn
will be leaving his position as Mercedes team principal at the end of this season.
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.
There is a belief that should Brawn
leave after the final race in Brazil then the team would be run by their two executive directors Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe, along with non-executive chairman Niki Lauda.
Earlier this year Brawn
did suggest that when the time was right for him to step aside there would be"a soft handover", with Paddy Lowe the man to fill his shoes following his recruitment from McLaren.
To that end, it would appear foolish for Brawn
to decide to walk away when he potentially faces his best opportunity to make Mercedes world champions since the German giant bought out Brawn
GP following their 2009 title-winning campaign.
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.