LEWIS HAMILTON has hailed Ross Brawn
as "a great leader" who he feels has laid the foundations for a successful tilt at next year's Formula One world title.
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Formula One legend Ross Brawn
waved the chequered flag on his career yesterday ending months of speculation.
Although denied by Mercedes at the time, it is a rumour that will not go away until Brawn
con-firms his intentions for the future, which he has so far declined to do.
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.
In working under Ron Dennis and Martin Whitmarsh at McLaren, and now Brawn
, Hamilton has had the privilege of working with a trio of the sport's finest team leaders.
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.
Not for the first time this season stories emerged at the start of the week claiming Brawn
would leave the Brackley-based marque at the end of the year.
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.
However, Hamilton said that when he had made the decision, it was based on a lot more things than just Brawn
, adding that he was not the only thing he came to Mercedes for.
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.
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.
In related news, Andrew Van Noord has joined Brawn
Mixer as an applications engineer.
It's good working with Ross and we have a good relationship and he's obviously very happy with what he's achieved already in the sport before Brawn
GP - but I think this is very special for him having his own team and performing so well," he said.
It is going to be a very emotional moment for them and well done to the big man, well done to Ross Brawn