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.
Michael Schumacher is racing for retirement if his run of poor form continues.
That is the view of Nick Fry, the chief executive of Mercedes’ Brackley based formula one team. Despite looking more competitive in 2012 than in the first two seasons of his controversial return to F1, seven time world champion Schumacher has scored just 2 points so far, compared to Shanghai winner and teammate Nico Rosberg’s 41.
Paul di Resta is at the front of the queue should Mercedes need to replace Michael Schumacher.
That was the claim on Monday of Nick Fry, the chief executive of the German carmaker’s UK-based formula one team. Seven time world champion Schumacher’s existing three-year contract expires at the end of this season.
F1 needs to resolve its dispute with Mercedes before the sport’s multi-billion dollar floatation plans can go ahead.
That is the warning of the German team’s chief executive Nick Fry, as Mercedes refuses to sign up to the new Concorde Agreement because rival top teams Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull have been offered better deals.
Red Bull quit FOTA because the teams association had ceased to have a good purpose, Dr Helmut Marko said this week.
Brawn insisted he is not yet thinking about retirement.
Ross Brawn has left the executive board of the Mercedes GP team, according to a report in the Cologne newspaper Express. Brawn and his partners including Nick Fry have now sold 100 per cent of the Brackley based team to Daimler and Abu Dhabi shareholder Aabar.
Ross Brawn has revealed that Mercedes’ 2011 car is “about a second” off the pace.
There had been concerns about the W02’s performance following the initial winter tests, but team figures insist a major upgrade package is scheduled for the start of the season. “We’re about a second off where we want to be, which is at the front, so we’ve got to find a second in the upgrade which we think we can do,” team boss Brawn told BBC radio on Thursday.
“The polemics are of no interest to me” -Montezemolo
As the Hockenheim team orders furore continues, Ferrari team president Luca di Montezemolo has cried “enough of this hypocrisy”. Leading figures of the top rival McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes teams have lashed out at the famous Italian marque after Felipe Massa was ordered aside for Fernando Alonso for victory at Sunday’s German grand prix.
Red Bull would have preferred if the matter had not gone public.
Sebastian Vettel reportedly believes his teammate Mark Webber should have kept a lid on his unhappiness at Silverstone last weekend. Although the controversial recipient of Webber’s front wing in Britain, and accused of being favoured by his Red Bull bosses, the 23-year-old German’s voice has been the quietest throughout the latest saga.
According to an Italian website, Mercedes wants to secure the services of Polish driver Robert Kubica.
Robert Kubica on Friday said he is no closer to making a decision about his future.