is one of the most successful and respected figures in the sport after winning championships with Benetton, Ferrari and his own Brawn
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.
Despite that, and via his Twitter account, Hamilton said: "Massive thanKs to Ross Brawn
Both Mercedes and Brawn
have so far refused to comment on the latest developments, making way for the team to be run in tandem by its two executive directors Toto Wolff and Lowe along with non-executive chairman and former world champion Niki Lauda.
Lowe moved from McLaren earlier this year, leading Brawn
to state earlier in the season that he could walk away from Mercedes if he felt he was no longer "top dog" at the team.
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.
It is when talk turns to the importance of engineering in Formula One that Brawn
becomes truly animated.
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.
1% share in Brawn
GP, with the team re-named as Mercedes Grand Prix and Brawn
remaining as team principal.
It was Brawn
, who saved Button from the brink of ending his Formula One career early this year after his team Honda pulled out of the season owing to recession.
REIGNING Formula One champion Jenson Button's future remains uncertain after Mercedes-Benz secured a controlling interest in his Brawn
GP team today.
1 per cent controlling share in the Brawn
GP Formula One team, it was announced yesterday.
Mercedes-Benz is taking over the Formula One championship-winning team Brawn
GP for the next six seasons, ending its partnership with McLaren.