Wolff replaces Mercedes’ departing CEO Nick Fry
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Nick Fry, Mercedes’ chief executive, was present on Monday for the launch of the team’s 2013 car.
But with the new guard refusing to outright deny speculation McLaren’s Paddy Lowe could be making a switch for 2014, a dark cloud hangs above Briton Fry’s head. “He has long been a key member of the team,” insisted team boss Ross Brawn, whose own future has been up for discussion in recent times.
Bernie Ecclestone has suggested Mercedes can cope without its current team boss Ross Brawn.
It has been rumoured Briton Brawn could be pushed out of the Brackley based team altogether, or confined to a merely technical directorship, in the wake of the arrival of Austrian chiefs and shareholders Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda.
Bernie Ecclestone has backed the changes taking place at Mercedes.
Earlier, beleaguered team boss Ross Brawn played down claims the F1 chief executive may be playing a role in the power struggle, as Austrians Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff reportedly pull their weight against Brackley’s old guard including Brawn and Nick Fry.
Mercedes has offered Paddy Lowe a million euros per year to switch from McLaren, the major German newspaper Bild claims.
None other than Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn on Thursday confirmed that talks with McLaren’s technical director have taken place, although Brawn strongly denied that he is being lined up to oust him.
Toto Wolff on Tuesday played down speculation he has wooed Paddy Lowe to Mercedes to replace team boss Ross Brawn.
Christian Horner has emphatically denied suggestions he might be the next Bernie Ecclestone.
Already very close to the sport’s 81-year-old ‘supremo’ Ecclestone – who is at the middle of a potentially-damaging corruption affair – the name ‘Horner’ is often mentioned in the paddock as perhaps Ecclestone’s preferred successor.
The extension of Michael Schumacher’s contract at Mercedes is the seven time world champion’s decision alone.
That is the claim of the German newspaper Die Welt. “In (F1) industry circles it is said that Schumacher sets the direction,” read the report. “Apparently only he has the unilateral option to renew his contract. So the veteran is unlikely to be rushed into making a hasty decision.”
Ross Brawn revealed on Wednesday he missed the recent Spanish grand prix to have checks on his heart.
After handing over to his Mercedes deputy Nick Fry in Barcelona, fellow Briton Brawn is back in action as the team boss in Monte Carlo. Rumours hinted there was more to the story, but Brawn insisted to a German newspaper earlier on Wednesday that he was simply advised by doctors to take the weekend off after a night in hospital for checks.
Paul di Resta has hinted he would leap at the chance to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes.
The German marque’s Brackley based chief executive Nick Fry this week earmarked impressive Force India driver di Resta, earlier a Mercedes protege, as an ideal successor should Schumacher not stay beyond his 2012 contract.